Friday, August 26, 2016

She Walks in Power - PreRelease Final Party Day 4!

Thank you for celebrating with me the release of my very first medieval romance, She Walks in Power!  I expect to have both Ebook and Paperback for sale in most of the online stores by September 2nd, if not sooner!

To help celebrate the grand event, I'm hosting a party here on my blog each Friday in August where I will post something about the characters or story which will hopefully get you excited about the book!

PREORDER for only 2.99!!  Goes up to $4.99 on Release Day

I'm also giving away the following:


  • Four Signed Paperbacks of She Walks in Power
  • Two E-copies of She Walks in Power 
  • The grand prize pictured below. A set of Knight in Shining Armor Book Ends! 
 
I will choose the winners and post the names on this blog on September 2nd!  Just one more week!

If you missed the past 3 posts, it's not too late to enter. You can enter once each Friday, so the more times you enter, the higher chance you have at winning! Click on the links below to go to each post.

Party Day 1 - Introduced the heroine, Alexia D'Clere
Party Day 2 - Introduced the hero, Ronar DePeine
Party Day 3 - Guess what the character will say next contest

ANSWER TO LAST WEEK's "GUESS WHAT THE CHARACTER WILL SAY" CONTEST IS
C!!   I made it too easy as most of you got it correct. To see the other choices and the excerpt, click on Party Day 3 Above.

And now, for our final day,

Why the title, She Walks In Power?

One of the reasons I love writing in the Medieval times (besides handsome knights and really cool castles)  is that people back then were far more open to the spirit realm than we are today. Our so called "enlightenment" and "Age of Reason", as marvelous as it has been in areas of technology, manufacturing, and general knowledge, has robbed us of our belief in spiritual things, and in particular, spiritual dimensions or realms outside of our own. We tend to not believe in things we cannot see or in things that our god of science cannot explain.

Of course if you are a Bible-believing Christian, then you know these things exist---heaven, hell, angels, demons, God, the devil. At least you should!  From recent surveys, I've been shocked to discover something like 50% of Christians don't believe in Satan. Good grief. Then who are we fighting against?

In many ways, medieval people had a huge spiritual advantage over us today. They believed in healing, demon deliverance, prophecy, the forces of good and evil in the spirit realm. Hence, they experienced these things on a regular basis. Unfortunately, they had a huge disadvantage as well. They were forbidden to read the Bible, so they had no true understanding of these things, making it easy for many to associate with dark spiritual forces masquerading as light.

I was very fortunate as a young girl to experience in the early 70s one of the charismatic waves that swept through our nation. I have witnessed healings, tongues and interpretations, prophecies, and demon deliverance first hand. I have also fought spiritual battles in my own family and seen great results. Therefore, it came as a complete shock to me when I returned to the Lord in my 40s and went back to church, that these things were not only never experienced, but they weren't taught either. I'm talking generalities here because I know there are still some churches who believe in the power gifts.

The trouble is, if people aren't taught the gifts and they never experience them, then how can they believe God still does these types of miracles?  I believe it is an issue of faith which keeps us from truly experiencing all that God has for us. Even Jesus couldn't do miracles in His home town because of their unbelief.

That is one of biggest reason I wrote She Walks in Power. My hope is that people who read it will open their minds and hearts a little bit more to these awesome gifts God has given His children. I pray they will see that they aren't something spooky or unnatural, but they are natural and should be common among believers. And most of all, they should be sought after for the sole purpose of bringing God glory and uplifting the saints.

Hence, the title "She Walks in Power"

This is my prayer for all who read this book. It comes from Ephesians 1:18-19

That the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power

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LAST TIME TO ENTER TO WIN!  LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR THOUGHTS ON MY POST, ALONG WITH YOUR EMAIL. 


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

Revelation 8:8 


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Is it by Faith alone that we are saved?


My next few Monday posts may be slightly controversial, and I don't mean them to be. Believe me, I'm a highly non-confrontational person. I hate arguments and disagreements, but I feel strongly led to post on this topic, so here goes.

This is the age-old Faith vs. Works debate that has been going on for centuries within the church. Which are we saved by, Faith or Works?  Many of you are shouting right now "Faith! Faith!"  (I see you out there!)  And yes, I agree.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8

if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

These are just a few of the verses that speak of being saved by our faith. So, yes, we are, indeed, saved by God's grace alone and by our faith in Jesus. This is what Scripture says and what we've been taught since we were in Sunday School.

So, what's the problem? I've read through the entire Bible countless times now and I always end up scratching my head. Why? Because I see all the grace/faith verses, but I also see a ton of other Scriptures that seem to contradict them.

The reason I've spent months researching this is because I fear most Christians have been taught only one side of the coin, and because of that, they are in danger.... of what, I'm not sure. Of losing their salvation? Maybe. (And yes, you can lose your salvation. Read Hebrews 6)  Or maybe they are in danger of losing rewards or in danger of not making it in the rapture. But, that they are in danger, I have no doubt.  Why? Because it's obvious from the Bible that there is more to salvation than simply faith. And that if we aren't paying attention to what the Lord says, we and our loved ones could be in a big heap of trouble.

For years I've been hearing from pastors here in America that all you need to do is say a prayer to "receive Jesus" and you're saved. Grace, grace, grace. God loves you and has forgiven all your sins, past, present and future. We can't earn our way to heaven and there's nothing more we need to do. (note: I do believe we can NEVER earn our way to heaven)

However, please glance over these Scriptures.  And believe me, these are just a few of the ones I've found. I will list more next week when I will discuss this in more detail and will welcome your opinions.

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“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men."  Matt 5:13


And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell  Matt 5:30

But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt 6:15

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:20-23

And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Matt 10:38-39 

The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matt 13:41-42 

And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire. Matt 18:9

Matthew 25 :1-30. The parable of the 10 Virgins and parable of the Talents. In both cases, believers neglected to do something and were cast away from God's presence. 

God who “will render to each one according to his deeds” eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;  but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil,  Romans 2: 6-9

Luke 12: 42-46  The disobedient servant who did evil and did not watch for his Lord's return. This is what the Lord will do to him in verse 46  ...will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers

 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead  James 2:14-17 

For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,  but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.  Hebrews 10:26-27 

I hope you'll ponder these Scriptures and take time to ask God about them.  I will continue this next week with more Scriptures and thoughts on this topic.

I know this may cause some angst with some of you who are clinging to the hope that your loved ones are saved because they once received Jesus. Believe me, I've got some loved ones in the same condition. The last thing I want is to cause fear or sorrow. But I do want to speak the truth. I hope to also address this issue next week from my personal experience. 


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Friday, August 19, 2016

She Walks in Power - PreRelease Party Day 3!

Thank you for celebrating with me the release of my very first medieval romance, She Walks in Power!  I expect to have both Ebook and Paperback for sale in most of the online stores by September 3nd, if not sooner!

To help celebrate the grand event, I'm hosting a party here on my blog each Friday in August where I will post something about the characters or story which will hopefully get you excited about the book!

I'm also giving away the following:

  • Four Signed Paperbacks of She Walks in Power
  • Two E-copies of She Walks in Power 
  • The grand prize pictured below. A set of Knight in Shining Armor Book Ends! 
I will choose all the winners and post their names on September 2nd. 

The past two Fridays I've introduced you to the heroine, Alexia D'Clere and the hero, Ronar LePeine.  If you haven't read about them, click on their names to go to that post. You'll need to know a bit about them for this post. This is my traditional "Guess what the character will say" post that many of my readers love. 

This is how it works.  Read the short excerpt below and then based on what you know about the characters, choose which is Alexia's most likely response.  Leave your answer in the comments section along with your email and I will:
  • Enter your name in the general drawing for the prizes above AND
  • If you choose the correct response, you'll be entered into another drawing for a signed paperback of any of my books! 
 Check out these MEMEs Debbie Mitchell made for me! These are just a few of them.




Without further ado:
Scene set up: Alexia has just shot Ronar in the leg. 

She dropped to his side, tossed aside the bow, and stared at the blood bubbling around the arrow protruding from his leg. “Alack, what have you done?”
Ronar groaned. “What have I done?”
“I warned you, Sir Knight. Did you not hear me?”
“Alas,” he grumbled out. “Prior experience gave me no faith in your aim.”
“Again, you underestimate me.”
“Wait,” Ronar said, as a vision of her firing at him cleared the fog in his mind. “You closed your eyes ’ere you shot.”
She laughed. “Hogtoes, what madness you speak, Sir.” Her panic turned to determination. “Stay here.” Leaping to her feet, she searched the ground.
“I find I have no choice,” he replied, admiring the way she filled out men’s breeches and the feminine curves she tried to hide behind her dark green doublet. Leather belts crisscrossed said doublet wherein two knives were sheathed. The quiver of arrows hanging at her back did naught to hide the waterfall of bronze curls tumbling to her waist.
He cleared his throat and shifted his gaze. What was he doing? He should arrest her for stealing the king’s game. And shooting the King’s Guard. Not ogle her like a love-sick squire.
Using her knife, she sliced a vine hanging from a tree and returned to his side with a handful of peat and cobwebs. A stream of sunlight broke through the canopy igniting her hair in glittering copper. Eyes green as the forest around her, save for tiny specks of gold, stared at him as if she had bad news to convey.
And he lost all sense of pain and discomfort.
“I’m going to remove the arrow now,” she said softly. “I fear ’twill pain you greatly.”
Precious lady. He forced back a smile. If she only knew the battles he’d fought. The wounds he’d sustained. “I trust you will be gentle,” he replied a bit too tauntingly.
Suspicion flashed in her eyes. “You do not fear me?”
“I am at your mercy, Lady Falcon. One more well-placed arrow and you could be rid of me forever.”
“And why would I wish that?” She studied the wound.
“Three times you have attempted my demise. What else would I think? Alack, what better way to keep me from telling your secret?”
“Have you?” She set aside her forest treasures and pressed a light finger where wood met flesh.
“Nay, as I promised.”
“I do not recall hearing your troth. Merely my threat to slit your throat.”
“I do not gainsay it, Lady Falcon. The thought brought me great terror.” He smiled.  





Now, what does Alexia say next? 

A. She gazed at him in horror. "I beg your forgiveness, Sir. I never meant to cause you alarm."
B. She heaved a sigh as her eyes met his. "If so, you misread me, Knight. I would never do such a thing."
C:  She narrowed her eyes. “You are pleased to mock me, Sir Knight. But you will find that I am indeed one to fear, withal.”

D. "Good. I must thank you for keeping your silence.."   

Leave your choice in a comment with your email. Next week, I'll conclude the party with an interesting post on Alexia's spiritual gift!  

Have a great weekend! 


Wednesday, August 17, 2016



When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?

Psalm 8: 3-4 



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Monday, August 15, 2016

What the book of Acts says about modern church

My home Bible Study group just completed the book of ACTS.  This is not the first timE I've read ACTS and it won't be the last, but if you were to ask me what was the main thing I learned from it, I would have to say

The church I know here in America is NOTHING like the church of ACTS.

Honestly, this has bothered me for quite some time now, yet even as we were reading the book and I was pointing out the differences between the early church and today, no one had an answer for me. Most of us agreed that things were different, but no one seemed inclined to try to change anything.

Let me give you a list of differences

For expediency's sake, I'll use these acronyms.
MWC = Modern Western Church
AC     = ACTS Church

  • MWC meets in an auditorium style building, AC met in homes
  • MWC has a "worship" team, band, or organ on stage, AC Christians didn't. They sang together and worshiped in small groups. True worship is not entertainment or even singing. It's a matter of the heart. (I have nothing against worship music, by the way.)
  • MWC has one or two pastors who deliver the message each week. AC alternated between those gifted with teaching or those who had a word from the Lord, or a prophecy, etc.
  • MWC celebrates communion with little wafers and sips of juice. AC celebrated communion with a meal 
  • MWC celebrates pagan holidays of Christmas and Easter. AC had no such holidays or they celebrated Jewish holidays. We gentiles are grafted into the Jewish tree and would benefit greatly if we celebrated the Lord's anointed feast days as they all point to Jesus.
  • MWC sends missionaries to other lands. AC were the missionaries
  • MWC separates kids from parents during service. AC had families worship together
  • MWC typically doesn't create disciples. You can't do so with a general Sunday sermon. AC was all about discipleship, day to day living and struggling and learning to walk with Christ side by side with other believers.
  • MWC is very seeker-friendly oriented. AC was more about maturing the Christians it had
  • A good part of MWC's collected offerings goes to paying staff, building, and other expenses. All of AC's offering went to help other Christians in need
  • MWC's service is highly structured and scheduled. AC's service was led by the Holy Spirit
  • In the MWC, many people don't know each other. In the AC, everyone was intimately acquainted, Why? Because they met in homes and everyone had a chance to share. 
  • MWC has altar calls. AC had no altar and no calls
  • MWC experiences very little if any miracles. Signs and wonders were commonplace in the AC. 

Before you leave a nasty post, I'm not against church. I'm not against attending church. Lord knows, churches had done a great deal of good in our world. Many churches are run by very Godly men who love the Lord and want to save souls. Many churches have sent missionaries to various places who have brought the Gospel to those who desperately need to hear it.

Yet, the western church is on the decline. People, esp young people, are leaving it in droves. Why? In my opinion it is because we have strayed too far from God's early church. We have created a church that is, for the most part, lukewarm and powerless, a church that produces only lukewarm Christians who put in their time on Sunday and then live for themselves the rest of the week. Our Western Church doesn't create true disciples. Most pastors don't deal with important issues such as demons, battling the enemy, hell, heaven, consequences of sin because they don't want to lose people. We read about miracles performed by Jesus and His early followers, but we see no evidence of it today. Young people see all this as hypocritical and powerless, so they leave to seek something else with meaning.

Whenever the early disciples preached the Gospel, God proved its validity by doing miracles through their hands. 
So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. Acts 14:3

For a good description of how church should be, read 1 Corinthians 12-14.  God gave EACH of us special gifts to be used to build up other Christians. It is not possible to use these gifts in an auditorium style setting. Only the pastor and the musicians get to use their gifts during the service. But in a home group setting, each of us has an opportunity to use our gifts.  Do you even know what your gift is? Most Christians have no idea. That's because we aren't taught about the gifts nor are we put in an environment where we can practice them and use them.

Thoughts?







Friday, August 12, 2016

She Walks in Power - Pre-Release Party Day 2!

I hope you'll join me in celebrating the long-awaited release of my very first medieval romance, She Walks in Power!  I expect to have my newest creation completed and for sale in most of the online stores by September 2nd, if not sooner!

To help celebrate the grand event, I'm hosting a party here on my blog each Friday in August where I will post something about the characters or story which will hopefully get you excited about the book!

I'm also giving away the following:


  • Four Signed Paperbacks of She Walks in Power
  • Two E-copies of She Walks in Power 
  • The grand prize pictured below. A set of Knight in Shining Armor Book Ends! 

I will choose all the winners and post their names on September 2nd. 

Last week, we learned a little bit about the heroine of the story, Alexia D'Clere.  Today we are going to learn about the hero, Ronar LePeine. I think you're going to love him! 

Ronar LePeine - Hero

Ronar is a warrior at heart who spends his time trying to earn penance for past sins. After his parents died and left him with more wealth than he could handle, he made mistakes that cost him someone he dearly loved. Now he is determined to pay for those sins in the hope of getting rid of the guilt that weighs so heavily upon him. After fighting in the Crusades, he became a member of the king's Elite Guard, a position of high honor in the kingdom.

Along with two of his fellow knights, the King sends Ronar on a mission of great importance--find and bring back the Spear of Destiny, no matter the cost. Duty-bound to God and King, nothing and NO ONE will dissuade Ronar from his path.

Good Qualities Chivalrous, tenacious, principled, resolute, idealistic, noble, loyal, relentless, austere, demanding, God-loving

Bad Qualities: Stubborn, demanding, merciless, self-righteous, critical, suspicious

Quirks: Ronar carries around a small statue of St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes, in the hope that God will be merciful to his own hopeless cause.
He has a scar that slices through his right eyebrow
He is terrified of spiders!
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Please leave a comment and answer the following question:
 What do you most admire about Ronar and what do you least admire?
  

Leave your email address in the comment and I will enter you to win one of the seven prizes! (USA and Canada only, except for E-books. You can only enter once each Friday)  I will announce all winners on September 2nd!

Tune in next week for a fan favorite "Guess what the character will say next" 

Have a great weekend!


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