Friday, September 19, 2014

Talk Like a Pirate Day!! Contest and Win a Book!

First things first, Last week's winner of Ane Mulligan's debut Novel, Chapel Springs Revival  is Cyndi!!!!  Congratulations Cyndi! I know you'll enjoy the story. Thanks to all who dropped by and supported Ane. It meant a lot to her!

ARGH!!  Today be Annual Talk Like a Pirate Day! And in honor of such an auspicious occasion, I'm havin' a contest to see which of ye Scalawags knows yer pirate lingo the best!! 

The winner will receive a copy o' any o' me pirate tales (The Redemption, The Reliance, The Restitution, or The Ransom) Plus a FINE Illustrated History of Pirates heretofore mentioned and
shown to the right. (Sorry I can only ship in the USA)

All ye needs to do is leave a comment with yer answers and include yer email address sos I can slip a message in a bottle to ye if ye win. 

So, let the games begin!
What does the word in bold mean?

1. Fuddler - "Hold on there! There be no call to put the fuddler's name on your newfound shipmate."
  A.  Someone who makes mistakes all the time
  B. A big ugly booze-soaked rummy!
  C. A sailor who is so slow, he moves like a sea turtle
  D. A pirate who stutters when he speaks

2. Dastard - "Must I consort with roguish dastards, hobnob with knaves, make fellowship wi' villainy and common cause with debauched rascaldom?" 
 A. Mean-hearted people
 B. Back-stabbing pirates
 C. Cowards
 D. Ignorant people

3. Bumboat - "Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, who hailed you, you old bumboat!"
  A. Unimpressive, Inadequate
  B. Lazy 
  C. Greedy
  D. Beggar 

And now for the hardest one, ye've got to translate the entire sentence into English. Which one is correct?

4. Ye got yer captain scuppered now, ye chunks of rotted seahorse. Yer last task went by the boards, so either fish or cut bait or I'll make ye swallow the anchor!

A. Your captain is quite sick of your disgusting fishy smell. Your last chore went as expected, but now you must get on with it or I'll toss you overboard

B. Your captain had too much to drink, thanks to you miscreants. You tossed your fishing net overboard so either jump in and get it or I'll tie you to the anchor!

C. Your captain is at a loss, you slimy scumbags. You missed your last opportunity so either get on with it or I'll force you to give up your life at sea.

 (So leave a comment with your answers and email. If there's a tie, I'll use to pick a winner!)

And before you leave, I have one last thought on Pirates!
Pirates can be romantic, too!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HUGE Giveaway!!! Tons of Books- Audio, digital, and paperback!

A Chance to Win a Kindle Fire with a Collection of All Ten Books!

Ten best-selling Inspirational romance authors come together to bring you the Red Hot Squeaky Clean Romance collection! If you're anything like us, you enjoy reading various genres -- a cozy mystery, a thrilling suspense, an adventurous historical, a catchy contemporary -- we love them all as long as the romance is piping hot and the story is comfortably clean. For the first time ever, as you turn the pages of these complete stories, you will meet ten of the most recognized names in inspirational romance today and read their award winning, critically acclaimed stories all in the same collection. You're in for such a treat! 

Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt 
Daleigh McDermott finds a journal penned by her late father which sparks a dangerous investigation into his death with the assistance of Ryan Shields, the only man who believes her. 

Beyond the Waves; Pacific Shores Series, Book 1, by Lynnette Bonner 
Officer Kylen Sumner and Taysia Green have a history. He's broken her heart more than once. So when he returns home claiming he just might be in love with her, she wants nothing to do with him. If only her heart would get the message! 

Sapphire Ice; Jewel Series, Book 1, by Hallee Bridgeman 
The men in unbeliever Robin Bartlett's life have only ever been users. Believer Tony Viscolli's arrival and relentless interest in Robin both infuriates and intrigues her. 

A Love for Delicious; Woman of Courage series, Book 1, by Cynthia Hickey 
Widowed newlywed Delicious (Delly) finds herself stuck with 5 stepchildren all under age 13 on the opposite side of the country from Oregon and their uncle. She hits the trail, promising to do anything to gain the children their birthright and protect it from those out to take it. Can she guard her heart against the handsome trail guide, Zeke Williams? 

Waiting for Rachel; Those Karlsson Boys, Book 1, by Kimberly Rae Jordan 
Rachel Perkins is a loner who feels certain she's not the right woman for Damian Karlsson. Damien feels otherwise and is willing to do what it takes to change her mind and her heart. 

The Unveiling; Age of Faith series, Book 1, by Tamara Leigh 
Disguised as a squire, Lady Annyn Bretanne sets off on a quest to avenge her brother's murder by Baron Wulfrith. When her disguise is unveiled, they each face tests of faith and resolve. 

Saving Grace; Madison Falls, Book 1, by Lesley Ann McDaniel 
Grace is an opera singer forced by a stalker to go into hiding in a small town. There, in that most unexpected of places, Grace finds elusive love and claims her faith. 

Yesterday by Amanda Tru 
Hannah has the ability to time travel but there are consequences. After saving a family injured in a car accident, Hannah wakes the next morning to find her yesterday was five years ago! 

The Redemption; Legacy of the King's Pirates, Book 1, by MaryLu Tyndall 
Lady Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage in search of the father she never knew, only to find herself shipwrecked on a desert island. Near starvation, she is rescued -- by a band of pirates and their fiercely handsome leader, Edmund Merrick. 

Falling in Love; Seasons of the Heart novella series, Book 1, by Susette Williams 
Summary: Katie Morgan thinks she's doing her boss, Wade McAlester, a favor by setting him up on blind dates. After Katie plays matchmaker and sets Wade up with all kinds of zany ladies, Katie starts to realize that Wade might be suited for her.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Missed God's calling on your life?

I meet so many Christians who believe they are pretty useless for God. Maybe they came to God late in life and they made so many mistakes in their prior life that they are still playing catch-up! Or maybe they just plain made some pretty bad decisions that led them down a path where they feel they missed God's calling for their lives. Or perhaps they've followed God their entire lives but they just don't feel like they've done much for him. They haven't witnessed very much, they haven't "saved" anyone, they haven't gone on missions or given much to charity, or whatever it is they believe are the right Christian things to do that make them golden in God's eyes.

I have THREE things to say to all that.

First of all, if you are a follower of Jesus, you are already golden in God's eyes! There is nothing you need to do or can do or nothing you can't do that will make God love you and approve of you anymore than He does now.  I think too often well-meaning churches lay upon their parishioners a burden of guilt just like the Pharisees used to do in Jesus's day. We are told to evangelize, to give our offerings, to volunteer at the church.. etc.  with the implication being that if we don't, we are loser Christians.  Don't think you measure up in God's eyes???. Read Romans 8.

Secondly, God looks at things completely opposite of us. What we may think is a very minor thing can be HUGE in God's eyes. And often what we think of being really important is often minor to God. In other words, you will not know the impact you had on others' lives until you stand before God and He shows you.  Maybe you never got the courage to witness to someone, but you prayed for them. Maybe you never had enough money to give to charity, but you helped your neighbor when they were sick. Jesus gives us a good idea of what he values in Matthew 25 when he describes the judgement.

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me....Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me
Sometimes just smiling and saying something nice to someone is all Jesus asks of us, helping an older person carry something, visit a friend in the hospital... these are the things Jesus values the most.  Even if all you have ever done is pray.. .remember that James says that: The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much!

And Lastly, let's say you did miss your calling. You spent most of your life away from God, or you took multiple wrong turns, whatever. And now you're too old to do much of anything. (First of all if you're still alive, you can still do something, but I digress)  There's still hope!  Why? Because you, your gifts, skills, talents and ministry are NOT restricted to your life here in this age. 

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:4-7 

In the ages to come!!  After this life is over, God's not done with you yet !  You have an eternity to fulfill your calling, to use your God-given gifts to glorify Him. We have no idea what that will look like. Perhaps God will create other universes with other planets, with other people to help! Who knows? But this is not it, folks! So, perhaps you missed out on your calling here on earth. God wasn't caught off guard on that one. He already has great plans for you in the next life. Cling to that. Hope on that. And in the meantime, if you're still hanging around, see if there's anything left you can do to bring Him glory! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

You're Never too Old! Introducing Ane Milligan's debut novel, Chapel Springs Revival! Plus a giveaway!!

Today, I'd like you all to welcome my friend and fellow writer Ane Milligan! 
Please congratulate her on her debut novel, Chapel Springs Revival.  To help her celebrate this great achievement, I'm giving away a copy to one lucky winner. Simply leave a comment below related to Ane's article (be sure to include your email address)  and I'll pick a winner next Friday. (Ebook if international, paperback withing the US!)  

I met Ane at an ACFW conference long ago. I've never told Ane this but when I attended that conference I was scared out of my wits. I didn't know anyone and felt so out of place. Ane immediately came up to me and called me by name then helped me find my name tag. She really made me feel welcome. She is a loving and Godly woman and I hope you'll go out and buy her book and support her ministry. 

Chapel Springs Revival
With a friend like Claire, you'll need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel. 

Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy. It's impossible not to, what with Claire's zany antics and Patsy's self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds. Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is personal.

With their marriages in as much disarray as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.

Links to purchase

While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), business manager, drama director and author. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). A multi-published playwright, humor columnist, Ane's debut book, Chapel Springs Revival, releases Sept 8th. She resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, their Chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion.

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You're never too old!

Don't let anyone ever tell you you're too old to dream a new dream or start a new career. After all, Sarah was 90-plus when she became a mother. Noah was over a hundred when he became a shipbuilder. Moses was a card-carrying member of AARP when he led the nation of Israel out of Egypt.

So, why not me?

God called me to writing in December 2002, using Hubs to say the words, and I put pen to paper—okay, fingers to keyboard—on January 1st, 2003 just four days before my 56th birthday.

I had a long way to go before realizing that dream with a publishing contract. It took a few years to learn the craft of novel writing. I'd been a published playwright for seven years, but scripts are all dialogue and a few stage directions.

However, since I stepped out in faith and answered His call, God put mentors in my path, who taught me so much. POV? Never heard the term. Omniscient? That's what God was. Show don't tell? How do I tell a story without telling? Yikes! Yet, with each critique, I absorbed a new concept. I bought books on the craft of fiction writing my mentors recommended, read and committed to memory all I was taught.

Did I mention all the new technology I had to learn like Blogging and Social Media? Good gravy, it was a whole new language, and to this technically challenged brain? Well, it might as well have been Sanskrit. But once again, God brought savvy people into my world to help.

Along my journey, I often got discouraged, but each time, God sent something to encourage me. Sometimes it was a contest win or an acquisitions editor, who took my manuscript to committee. Still, the door to a contract remained tightly closed.

What I learned during these years is God is trustworthy with our dreams, no matter what they are. When we commit our ways to Him, He's faithful. We just need to factor in His time and place to our dreams.

I'd always wanted sisters, but only had an adopted brother. We were both adopted as infants. In 2009, God fulfilled that dream and my five birth sisters found me. That's another story and can be read on my website under Adoption Share—and yes, Heaven help them, they're just like me.

In 2013, the Lord finally opened the door to a publishing contract for me. I knew the time and publisher were right.

So no matter if you're over 50, it's never to late to dream or to follow those dreams.

MaryLu here: Thank you Ane! I can so relate to your journey. I was in my mid-40s when God called me to write, so I'm a late bloomer too.. or maybe like you said an in-God's-time bloomer!! 

Please leave a comment with your email to win a copy of this fabulous book!!