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First Line Fridays – Guilt By Association

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring Guilt By Association (Murder in the Mountains #3) by Heather Day Gilbert.  Watch for my full review coming soon!

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          “You sure you’re okay with this, Tess?” My Mother-in-law, Nikki Jo, pulls a red coffee cup from her cabinet. She knows how uncomfortable I am with the latest call from my mom.

 

Ok, you caught me! I gave you more than one line.  I just couldn’t help but toss in a extra two. I felt you needed to get the full effect. This story will keep you on your toes, and turning pages to find out what happens next!

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books
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His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for your Thursday

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you in due time,
casting all your care upon Him, for he cares for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about
like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same
sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

1 Peter 5: 6-9

 

You may ask yourself, “How do I withstand the devil?”  I’m glad you asked. Let’s also take a look at Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.”

If you continue reading in Ephesians 6 you will read about the full armor of God.
– Belt of truth
– Breastplate of righteousness
– Shoes of the Gospel of peace
– Shield of Faith
– Helmet of Salvation
– Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful…

In James 4:7 we read “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Spend time every day with God. Read the Bible, pray, sing praises to God!

So when you feel discouraged, and downhearted, turn to God. Don’t listen to the lies that the devil whispers in your ear. Instead, hit your knees and pray. Praise Him in the storm and you will find true joy!

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

 

Be sure to also visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

If you would like to join us: please contact Trisha or Nicole

Meet Cameron Wallace from Three Words and a Kiss by Sondra Kraak + A Freebie

Welcome, reader friends. I have a special treat for you today! A special Character interview with Cameron Wallace the hero in Sondra Kraak’s new book Three Words and a Kiss scheduled to release next month.

Meet Cameron Wallace

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Guest Interview

Please give a warm welcome to our Guest Interviewer Lark who has volunteered to interview Cameron today.

Lark: My name is Lark, I’m thirteen, and this is my interview with Cameron Wallace. You don’t know my story, and that’s okay—it’s private—but one thing you should know is that I don’t think well of men, save a few. Cameron is one of those few. He’s wise and makes others feel safe and important, he also—

You’d rather hear Samantha describe him, wouldn’t you? Let me warn you. I tried to control her responses, but I’m not responsible for how people in love talk.

Samantha, tell me three things you love about Cameron. Only three.

Samantha:  He possesses an inner strength that draws people, and it comes naturally. He doesn’t even realize how he brings the community together. He possesses an outer strength, too. Have you noticed his forearm muscles?

Lark:  Umm, no. But you’re right. He is tall and strong, which befits a blacksmith.

Samantha:  And those shoulders. It’s not like he’s a giant, though. I don’t feel overpowered by him.

Lark:  I don’t think you feel overpowered by anyone. But back to the question. You can list one more thing you love.

Samantha: He’s responsible and thinks through things before acting, which makes me feel secure. I tend to—

Lark: Not think things through. I know. Okay. Next question.

Samantha: I’m just getting started. Please let me list more things I love.

Lark: (rolls eyes) We’ll be here all afternoon.

Samantha: What I adore is how he talks in sermons without realizing it. I know that might lead others to insanity, but I think it shows how metaphorical and deeply he thinks. He brings up profound things as if he’s talking about the weather. I mean, who really thinks like that?

And then there’s the way he kisses—

Lark: We’re done. Thank you.

Samantha: You wouldn’t expect a controlled man who sticks to a plan to kiss unencumbered like that, but that’s what’s fascinating. It’s like all that submerged emotion must come out some way.

Lark: I really don’t need to know, but thank you for taking time to explain Cameron to me. I’m going to ask him some questions now and hope he answers with more modesty. Cameron, let’s get the basics out of the way. Your mother left when you were ten, your father drank himself to death when you were fourteen, and the town collectively raised you. Is that right?

Cameron: I love the people of Pine Creek. They took me in when I was my angriest. I didn’t realize until Samantha came and upset my world how angry I still was about my parents.

Lark: You’ve been at the smithy since you were fourteen. What do you love about the work?

Cameron: It’s creative. It’s physical. It requires precision. It’s not mindless work that anyone can do with brute strength. And yet, at it’s foundation, it’s simple. Heat. Metal. Force.

Lark: Will you teach me?

Cameron: (frowns) Did Samantha tell you to ask that or do you just want to learn because David is learning? (shakes head) Listen, smithy work is dangerous. I’m not comfortable with women learning the trade. Samantha tried and did a great job. For one day. But my gut was burning the entire time. The responsibility for safety weighs on me too much.

Lark: I think a woman can do anything a man can do.

Cameron: If you’re that woman, I’m inclined to agree. (smiles) Don’t you want to know some things about me? My favorite color? My favorite food?

Lark: Boring. What’s your biggest failure? You give off this image of perfection.

Cameron: Are you teasing? I don’t know why anyone would look at me as perfect, though I must admit I thought my life was perfect until Samantha brought her a chaos to town. But in the end, I saw my pride and my need to let go of control.

Lark: Is that why you took down that verse from above the smithy door?

Cameron: That verse about living a simple life and working with my hands—that was just an excuse to keep me from wanting too much. It was my permission to keep life contained and safe. Samantha’s emotional, large way of living helped me see that lie.

Lark: She’s good at being emotional. You never told me your biggest failure.

Cameron: Some things are private. But I’ll say this, I lived years up here (points to head) and never let what’s in here (points to heart) matter. It ate me up. No more. I’m letting the thoughts and emotions mingle. You should try it sometime.

Lark: Are you implying I stuff my feelings? (shrugs) I have no problem stating my thoughts. I can’t be good at everything.

Cameron: It’s nice to hear you admit that. You’re extremely self-sufficient for thirteen.

Lark: If you’d had my past . . .

Cameron: One more question. Make it a good one.

Lark: If you could change one thing about last year, what would it be?

Cameron: I wouldn’t have been so defensive when others confronted me, whether it was Samantha, Barrett, the mayor, or congregants. I didn’t realize how much the need to be in control made me distrustful and withdrawn. Lesson learned, I hope.

Lark: You’re the king at learning lessons and teaching them to others. And now, I’m off to do my lessons for school tomorrow.

Bonus Character Interview:

Would you like to meet the Heroine Samantha Klein? Visit my blogging buddy Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish (CLICK HERE)

About the Book:

Cameron Wallace enjoys his friends, his adopted community of Pine Creek, and the stability of his work as both the local blacksmith and the minister. Each day is predictable and safe, exactly the way he likes it . . . until the day the smithy he’s been renting is sold out from under him—and bought by a woman.

Seattle debutante Samantha Klein refuses to let her high-society status keep her from reaching out to those in need, be they stray animals, orphans, or immigrants. After her latest attempt to help a Chinese family lands her in a newspaper scandal, her family exiles her east of the mountains to visit her uncle. She’s resigned to go until she discovers Pine Creek’s smithy is for sale. Hatching a plan to bring her Chinese friends to safety, she buys it and settles into the friendly community. But her compassion soon lands her in more trouble, much to the frustration—or is it admiration?—of her blacksmith, who finds himself swept into her plans and feeling things he’d rather not be feeling.

A new war has commenced in Pine Creek, a battle between impulse and constraint, the heart and the mind, and a woman determined to love others and a man determined not to be loved.

Catch up on the first two books in the Love that Counts series:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

About the Author:

S.Kraak  A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon // Goodreads

 

Bonus:

Receive a free short story, along with writing updates,
by subscribing to Sondra Kraak’s newsletter!

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Also from Sondra Kraak:

  Such A Hope (Paths of Grace #1)

Trails of Love and Grace (1)

First Line Fridays: The Mayflower Bride

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1) by Kimberley Woodhouse. Be sure to read my review (click here)!

 

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Monday, 12 June 1620
Leyden, Holland
          A splinter of wood pierced Mary Elizabeth Chapman’s thumb as she crept behind her lifelong friend Dorothy Raynsford. 

 

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books
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His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for your Thursday

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts.
Use them well to serve one another.

Do you have the gift of speaking?
Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you.

Do you have the gift of helping others?
Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies.

Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.
All glory and power to Him forever and ever! Amen.

1 Peter 4: 10-11

 

It’s easy to care too much about what people think of us. We become so hurried that we forget why we’re really here. We’re here to glorify God, not ourselves.

Sometimes we need to slow down long enough to “Stop and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14)

Let us stop worrying so much about what others think, and instead reflect on the infinite beauty of our Creator and Savior. In light of Him, everything else pales in comparison.

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

 

Be sure to also visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

If you would like to join us: please contact Trisha or Nicole

The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1) by Kimberley Woodhouse

A New Series Begins for Lovers of History, Adventure, Romance, and Ancestry
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Synopsis:

Mary Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series begins with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.

My Thoughts:

The characters will take a hold of your heart, in this deeply poignant story. I was glued to the pages of this story, even though I know the history of the Mayflower, and have read journal accounts of those on board. Kimberley Woodhouse breathes new life into the history of not only the Mayflower but also the beginnings of what would become the United States of America.

This eloquent story gives readers an intimate look at what life was truly like on the Mayflower. The strength of character that is required to embark on a dangerous ocean crossing. No cozy private cabin, only a gun deck shared by strangers and littered with supplies. You won’t find bathrooms, the only privacy provided is a sheet separating your family from the next. No sturdy beds, or even straw mattress, just the blanket you brought (you did pack a blanket, I hope!), and the hard wood-plank floor beneath you.

Come travel across an ocean with the brave colonists on the Mayflower. With little more than the clothes on their backs, into a wild untamed wilderness. Into a vast unknown land fraught with dangers. There wasn’t a sturdy home, and stores filled with supplies on the other side of the voyage. Uncharted land welcomes them to the New World. Mature forests, thick with vegetation, there are no roads or signs to mark the way.  It’s the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Will the dwindling supplies hold out until the gardens can be planted and start producing?

With a faith in God, and a desire to bring their families out of the persecution of the Church of England and to a New World where they can openly worship and follow the Bible. The brave Separatists embark on the journey of a lifetime.

I appreciated the strong threads of faith seamlessly woven throughout. I genuinely enjoyed reading this story and I’m eagerly anticipating the stories to follow! I give this story 4.5 stars and encourage you to pick up a copy or request it from your local library. You are sure to not only enjoy yourself, but learn something along the way!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

KimberleyWoodhouse  Kim is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students over the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at over 700 venues.

Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters – you name it – she’s written it. It wasn’t until a dear friend challenged her to “do something with it”, that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.

Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly “Extreme” home.

Webpage // Facebook // Goodreads //

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More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)?
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)

 

Author Interview with Amanda Barratt

Welcome reader friends! I’m super excited to have Amanda Barratt here visiting with us today and sharing about her new book My Heart Belongs In Niagara Falls, NY.

AmandaBarratt  ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt, fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales – from the sweeping coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, to the rugged landscape of Central Texas. Her novella, The Truest Heart, was a finalist in the 2017 FHL Reader’s Choice Awards.

 

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters.

 

These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England. Connect with Amanda at the following locations

Web Page // Facebook // Goodreads // Twitter //

Now, let’s take a little glimpse at My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York

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She avoids danger at all costs. He makes his living by rushing headlong into it.

Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband.

Having grown up in an overcrowded orphanage, Drew Dawson is determined to make a name for himself. He’ll take any honest job to provide for his sister—even crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope.

On a sightseeing trip to the Falls, Adele meets several eligible suitors. Incredibly wealthy and pompous, Franklin Conway takes an immediate fancy to her. But Adele would truly like to marry for love. When she encounters the mysterious Drew in the garden, Adele is confused by her feelings for someone who is everything she is NOT looking for. Will they both stay the course they have chosen for themselves.

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Join me in giving a warm welcome to Amanda Barratt! I’m thrilled to have you visiting with us today, Amanda. Let’s get started with some fun questions!

Thank you so much for letting me hang out with you all today! This is super exciting!

Q:   What is your favorite season, and why?

Amanda:   Autumn, hands down! In northern Michigan, we’re privileged to have a beautiful array of fall colors. There’s nothing better than walking down a secluded country lane, your boots crunching against fallen leaves, and then coming inside for a cup of hot apple cider. 🙂 Christmastime is probably a close second though, as I love the season of celebration and giving!

Trisha:    Fall in Michigan is beautiful. Here in the south west corner of Michigan I especially enjoy the scent of the grapes ready for harvest.

Q:    What is the best part of your day?

Amanda:   This is a tossup between morning and evening, since I love both for different reasons. Mornings are great, because I spend some time doing devotions, then get to dive into my writing for the day, which I always look forward to! But evenings are when I read, have meaningful conversations with family, and catch up on my latest period drama obsession. 🙂

Trisha:  Such a great way to bookend your day!

Q:   What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Amanda:   I actually just read one that was published in the late 80s. Vienna Prelude by Bodie and Brock Thoene. This book was magnificent—full of so much drama and emotion and characters to love and root for. It was my first time reading it, and I’m looking forward to checking out the rest of the series. Redeeming Love is another one that I return to over and over again.

Trisha:  Yes, I too enjoyed reading the books by Brodie & Brock Thoene. Absolutely, can’t forget about Redeeming Love!

Q:   If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Amanda:   An odd mixture! LOL Along with some Christmas music, I’ve been listening to Celtic Thunder, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and the soundtrack from the show Victoria.

Trisha:   I often listen to Celtic music when I am writing, and I too enjoy listening to Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra. I haven’t yet listened to the soundtrack from Victoria, I enjoyed watching that series.

Q:   Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Amanda:   Both came pretty much at the same time. We’d planned a family vacation to Niagara Falls. Before the trip, I was reading up on the history of the area, because that’s just what history nerds do. 🙂 I’d read quite a bit about the stunts and daredevils, and as I was walking along, looking at the Falls, the idea of a daredevil falling in love with a woman who feared risk, came to me. When Barbour put the word out that they were looking for authors to submit to a destination romance line, my sister suggested I do Niagara Falls and make the hero a tightrope walker. Sisters always know best! 🙂

Trisha:   Niagara Falls is a place on my list that I want to visit! I’m so glad your sister encouraged you to write this wonderful story!

Q:   Which character took you by surprise?

Amanda:   Delany, definitely. I was writing the scene where my heroine arrives at the home of her relatives, and lo and behold, the butler at the door is far from your ordinary staff member. It was one of those unexpected bursts of inspiration that I had a ton of fun building on.

Trisha:   It is fun when characters surprise us!

Q:   What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Amanda:   I never stayed up late working on this story. I probably laid awake at night thinking about it sometimes, but I’m a morning person, and around 8 PM my brain checks out for the night. 🙂

Trisha:  I’m not much of a night owl myself, but occasionally I will be so wrapped up in a story, that time gets away from me and I end up staying up well past my usual bed time.

Q:   What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Amanda:   I generally add more than I delete. So while my first draft looks different than the final one, it’s because of addition, rather than subtraction. I ended up omitting some analogies that I thought were rather clever when I wrote them, but made me cringe when I read them a second time.

Trisha:   Thank you, Amanda for visiting with us today. It was fun getting to know you better and getting a behind the scenes peek at the story.

We’d love to hear from you:

Do you have any questions for Amanda?

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Synopsis:

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

My Thoughts:

From the very first chapter, I felt transported back in time. I enjoyed a fancy ball in colonial America with a handsome gentleman who spun me around the dance floor in a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors. I rubbed shoulders with those who were on a first name basis with George Washington, Patrick Henry, and other patriots. I felt like I had an intimate, behind the scenes look at what the history books only hint at.

I loved every moment of this book, and I really didn’t want it to end. I felt the emotional turmoil with Elizabeth, as her family fell apart. My heart ached as she lost the only life she knew. I cheered for her as she learned to stand on her own two feet and make a new life for herself out of the ashes that remained.

I felt so many feelings and emotions; even two days after having finished reading the story. The euphoria of words leaves me speechless. This story is simply stunning and one that you will want to own for your collection!

If you enjoy historical fiction, then do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy of this book! I give The Lacemaker 5 stars and I eagerly look forward to reading more from Laura in the future.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Bonus:

Click here to learn more about the dress featured on the cover

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

laura-frantz-2016I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest //

 

 The Lacemaker

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First Line Fridays: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Please be sure to enter the giveaway that is running this week. I am unveiling my logo for Joy of Reading and giving away a book. Click Here!

This week I’m excited to share with you the first line from Laura Frantz’s newest book The Lacemaker. I’m loving this story, and I hope that you pick up a copy to enjoy as well! My full review will be coming soon, so keep watching.

 

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May 1775

          Elizabeth took a breath, breaking an intense hour of concentration.

 

Hmmm… It begs to question, what had Elizabeth been doing that she was so deep in concentration?

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books
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His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for your Thursday

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared to the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him.
I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.

Philippians 3:8-9

 

Nothing is as important and your relationship with Jesus! It is easy to look at the things we do right, and say “look at this thing I’ve done.” But we are not good on our own. It is all God! Nothing we do is on our own power. Which is really good news! Because we all sin, we all need a savior. We can’t do it on our own!

I’m not enough. But He is enough!
And that is good enough for me!