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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Valerie Howard's Newest Book, Our God Saves

Today's blog spotlights writer Valerie Howard who has a new book coming out.

Valerie Howard is a stay-at-home mom with a 16-month-old son and two high-maintenance beagles.  She's married to a youth pastor, graduated from Piedmont International University (in that order), and resides in her hometown of West Baldwin, Maine. She loved to read and write as soon as she learned how to do both.  An ideal day for Valerie would be one where she could curl up on the couch with a hot cocoa and read an entire book in one sitting. 
Her newest book, Our God Saves,  is a compilation of over 20 personal salvation testimonies.  Each life story is written by someone with a different background, and each person tells how they came to know Christ as their Savior.  One woman recalls how she tried to set her house on fire in order to kill her parents before God saved her.  Another tells of how she received Christ in a nightclub while wondering if she’d ever return home to her husband again.  The point of the book is to show how God can save anyone, anywhere, at any time.  He is powerful and nothing can stop His love and forgiveness.
Valerie, what made you want to start this book project?  

Last year, I compiled a recipe book for our small church in Maine.  This year I thought, why don’t I compile a book of salvation testimonies?  The word spread and people from other states and churches also submitted their stories as well.

The book is available through the following links.

The book will be available on and on November 15th.

Valerie will be giving away a paperback copy of the book on her Facebook page. Be sure to check it out.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Giveaway - Celibacy: What Was I Thinking? by Tranea Prosser

Tranea Prosser, also known as MizT, is a seasoned comedienne, as demonstrated on her nationally available comedy CD, Back at 'Ya, Lord! (her debut recording.) She has shared her comedy primarily within the Central Texas areas, but has been making inroads nationally in selected cities across the United States. She brings laughter in churches, at banquets, and any other place with a microphone and set of speakers. She does it all in a clean, family-and-kid-friendly manner that is pleasing to all. 

2013 Nominated Comedian of the Year, Gospel Sounds Radio Network Music Awards

2012 Dallas Idol Participant

2011 Texas Finalist in Search for the One Christian Comedy Talent

2010 Comedian of the Year Runner-Up Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards

I am running a giveaway for one copy of her new book, Celibacy: What Was I Thinking?

Using her comedic background, Tranea provides humor, encouragement, advice, lessons learned and tender experiences on the life of a celibate person.  While her decision to live celibate was done primarily for religious purposes, her advice and writings apply to anyone living a celibate life.

 Her candid approach to this delicate topic leaves the reader with real-life tips on avoiding relationship pitfalls and ways to survive until they find the life mate of their dreams!

To enter to win this book, all you need to do is leave a comment with your email.  Contest is open to U. S. residents only.

Here are links to where Tranea's book can be purchased.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Book Review – The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown is a writer and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social work. She has authored several books including I Thought It Was Just Me, which dealt with shame and is well-known speaker.

Brown spent countless hours interviewing people and compiling data for this book. Her study lead her to realize that there are certain people who seem better adjusted and happier than most and these people embrace whole-hearted living. Though each of individuals is different from the other, they hold similarities in attitude and lifestyle choices, including how they deal with their own short comings and the disappointments life hands out. Based on these, Brown came up with 10 guideposts which we can apply to our lives to become more like these well-adjusted individuals.

Some of the things I appreciate most about this book is the author’s own admissions of her areas of struggle and what she learned along the way. She also includes illustrative stories and definitions to help us gain insight and suggestions of ways to grow and change. I give this four out of five stars.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013



Announcing a book giveaway of Brave New Century.  This is the book I co-wrote with three other authors.  I’m giving away one copy in either paperback, Kindle format, or PDF.  Winner’s choice.  To enter, leave a comment as to why you want to win this book along with your email contact. Offer good to U. S. residents only. Contest ends (11/29/13).
 Brave New CenturyInspirational Historical Romance from Prism Book GroupStories of four young women who are each braving challenges at the dawn of the 20th century in the big city. Will they overcome their hardships and find love?

Three Rings for Alice by Lisa LickelLove and respect in 1899 Milwaukee is as close as a phone call.

Forgiven by Paula MoweryWhen Henry and Jessie meet it seems to be classic love at first sight until a shocking revelation tears them apart.

The Pocket Watch by Kathleen RouserSearching for the past an orphan and a young doctor find love for the future.

Flames of Hope by Teena StewartLove ignites in the midst of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. More about Three Rings for Alice:
Our opening story, Three Rings For Alice, shows Alice Smith’s struggles to be a modern woman at the turn of the twentieth century in America. Orphaned, she must make her own way in an age when women are just coming into the workforce. Despite a proposal of marriage from a long time friend, she determines to marry for nothing less than love, even if her love is a voice over the telephone.

About the author: Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A muti-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio-theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor. Visit

More about Forgiven:
Henry Smith has little interest in the plans his parents have for him when it comes to his career and who he will marry. His world is turned upside-down when a shoot-out ends in fatalities. Jessie Lee Capelle and her sister strike out from the orphanage their father mysteriously abandoned them at to make a life for themselves. Shamed by her background, Jessie struggles with Henry's attention. 

Just as Henry and Jessie decide on a life together a shocking revelation could force them apart unless true forgiveness can be found.  Paula Mowery is a published author, speaker, and acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group. Her articles have appeared in Woman's World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living. She reviews Christian fiction for several authors. She is a member of ACFW and on their author interview team. Paula is a pastor's wife who lives with her husband and daughter in East Tennessee.  Find her at or connect with her through her author page on Facebook.

More about The Pocket Watch:
Isabel Jones, an orphan, receives a ruby ring left by the mother she never knew and wants more than ever to find her roots. When a young physician, Daniel Harper, rescues her from an oncoming automobile and she finds his pocket watch in a puddle, her circumstances take a turn. She begins to consider what life outside the orphanage could be like. Daniel’s heart has been broken before and the attractive young lady who finds his treasured timepiece wouldn’t be deemed suitable by his social climbing parents.

When Isabel and Daniel work side by side, caring for the orphanage children during an influenza epidemic, she becomes gravely ill. Compelled to redeem the time by helping her find the past, Daniel finds a buried truth that creates an unbridgeable chasm between them. Where will they find hope in a hopeless situation?

About the author: Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could even read. The Pocket Watch is Kathleen’s debut novella. She has been published in Homeschool Digest and An Encouraging Word. She currently enjoys interviewing authors for the Novel PASTimes historical fiction blog. Her desire is to bring to life endearing characters who resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. She lives in southeast Michigan with her hero and husband of 31 years, Jack, who not only listens to her stories, but also cooks for her. Find her at:, and

More about Flames of Hope:
Young San Francisco police officer Gideon Light is smitten the moment he sees Lily McMinn rolling down the awnings on her father’s mercantile. Lovely, petite, and spunky, Lily had to grow up quickly after her mother passed away. She not only oversees the welfare of two younger siblings, she also helps run her father’s business.
Gideon and Lily are immediately attracted to each other and soon become good friends. It doesn’t take long before Lily realizes her feelings for Gideon have changed to something far deeper. He secretly harbors dreams of advancing in the force to earn a substantial enough income to make Lily his wife.

Before either has a chance to pursue each other, however, an earthquake of unthinkable magnitude shatters their world. With a raging fire fast in its wake, tragedy and triumph await as Gideon, Lily, and her family flee for their lives with little more than the clothes on their backs.
Set during the time of the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, this tale of great loss, incredible human courage, and sweet romance, will inspire and warm your heart.

About the author: Teena Stewart is a published author, an accomplished artist, and a ministry leader. In addition to Brave New Century, her recent published books include Mothers and Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship and The Treasure Seeker: Finding Love and Value in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father. Brave New Century represents Teena’s first fiction inclusion in a book. She and her husband Jeff are involved in “out-of-the-box” organic church ministry in Hickory, NC. For more info on Teena visit WHERE TO BUY

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Book Review - Desire at Will by Adrienna Dionna Turner

Desire at Will shows us how to understand and interpret God's will so that we listen to what he is telling us and act according to his wishes. Turner covers five main elements: First, hearing God's voice which happens through the scriptures. God also uses other Christians as ways to reach us as well as direct communication with him.

Second, understanding his plan. Learning to evaluate or discern what we think we have heard. Fourth,  choosing to believe what we have heard. Lastly, we must act on what we have been told.

Turner believes that if we follow God’s will then we will be “blessed in abundance.” The forward by Bishop Noel Vaughn sets the tone. He believes we have the will power to win and we must hold tight to this desire in order to reap the abundant blessings that could be ours.

The author includes many scripture references that follow a personal path of application that challenges us to reflect, meditate, apply and change. Most are referenced but not included in the text so readers will need to look them up to gain better understanding of her points.  This is a very thorough study of how to abide in God’s will. Though you may not agree with everything the author says on the topic, she provides ample ammo for studying what the scriptures say and for coming to your own conclusions.  I give this three out of five stars.