Monday, April 13, 2015

COTT: February Release Feature, plus FREE novella!

What a wonderful debut! It's a story of redemption and forgiveness and love. The author, Jessica R Patch, sucked me in on the first page. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for her next book to be released. Wonderful writer. Highly recommended read, especially around Christmas time, but could be read anytime. It's that good.                                                                                              ~fan review

About the book:

A rowdy bar owner. A widowed pastor’s wife. And Christmas hope that brings them together.

After widower Eden Snow’s church almost burns to the ground, she’s compelled to find a temporary place to hold services and Christmas cantata practices.

Has-been hockey player, Knox Everhart, has a reputation for being fast on the ice and with women. Except Eden. She’s always been a fascinating mystery to him, which is why he agrees to let her use the back room of his bar—with one rule: No converting his customers.

But when Eden brings the church to the bar, it offers something the bottle can’t. Hope. And he finds himself falling in love with a woman and a Savior he feels unworthy to pursue.


What COTT voters had to say:
--Jessica's my favorite! She is an awesome writer and a firecracker of a person.
--Jessica, your book sounds so hopeful for a season built on hope! Just what we need in these times. I look forward to reading your book.
--I throughly enjoyed Jessica Patch's "Under the Mistletoe" so my vote is for that! Can't wait for more in the series :)
--Hope Under Mistletoe by Jessica Patch has an intriguing fresh premise.
--Hope Under Mistletoe was a wonderful book! I loved how the story dealt with people getting through their hardships with the help of God. And as I told had the perfect romantic ending...And they lived happily ever after!!
--inspiring way to spread the message of Christ.
I loved Hope Under the Mistletoe! Jessica R. Patch created an inviting town, swoonworthy characters and just enough spice for this inspirational romance!
--A church in a bar? Really? Gotta read it...
Don't miss the free novella Jessica is offering!

Sign up for Jessica’s newsletter, Patched In, and receive the second novella in this Seasons of Hope Just the Way You Are, for FREE until April 22nd! Sign up HERE.

Jessica hangs out on Facebook and Twitter so stop in and join the daily conversations. Also, don’t forget to stop by her Hope Under Mistletoe Pinterest board and meet the characters and take a peek at some of the scenes in the book!

About the free novella, Just the Way You Are:

When Pastor Gabe asks Audrey Gilbraith to use her mad florist skills to help him design a prayer garden, she’s all in, especially since it helps take her mind off the fact she’s about to lose her job and her apartment. But working closely with Gabe and not falling for him is complicated. She’s not pastor’s wife material, and she has the past to prove it.

Gabriel Brookson wants out of Audrey’s friend-zone, but when he pursues her romantically, he ruffles more than a few feathers in his congregation. How much is he willing to give up for this wonderful, quirky woman, and will Audrey accept him if he risks it all?

About the author: Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, watching way too much Netflix with her daughter, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she'll probably never cook. Her debut novel with Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense will release in January 2016. She is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Susan Aken: Psalm 103:14 -- We are Dust

 “How to Live Longer.”

“Add decades to your life with theses five simple tips.”

“50 ways to add years to your life.”

“Secrets of a long life.”

“100 ways to live to 100.”

Did any of these titles catch your eye? These are just a few of hundreds a Google search brought up in a few seconds. I think today more than ever people are obsessed with prolonging youth and living longer.

So, what if I do? What if I live to 100 or longer?

Life is still a puff of smoke.
Any way you look at it, this life is so brief it takes my breath away.

We are weak, fragile, temporary beings (physically) and God understands that.
He knows how weak we are.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” Psalm 103:13-17

These bodies we live in are dust. The time we will spend living in them is like a flower that blooms in the morning and by evening it is gone. I have no strength of my own. I have no power. God understands that. He knows how weak I am. He sent Jesus to rescue us because He knew we were powerless to help ourselves. There are times when in my heart I want to do amazing, world changing acts yet I struggle to be patient with the ones I love. He knows I have no strength of my own. Yet in His graciousness, He allows me to have His strength. He calls me to trust in His strength. He knows I am going to make mistakes, get tired and sometimes (or often) fail in my attempts to follow Him. He knows and he loves me anyway! He allows me to have His strength.

When Paul was struggling with physical weakness, he asked God to take it away. He shared God’s reply in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

Take a deep breath.

God knows you are going to make mistakes. He knows you can’t do everything you “should”. He loves you with an everlasting love and that will never change.

What He wants is for us to love Him, listen to Him and trust Him to be our strength.

In our weakness, we are made strong because His power shines in us. He takes these shells of clay and He uses them to do His will on earth. That is amazing!

Thank You, Lord, that you understand my weakness. You know I am living in a body made of dust. You know I have no strength of my own. Thank You for being willing to live in me through Your Holy Spirit. Please let Your strength show in my life.

Susan is a homemaker, substitute teacher and writer. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Her other loves are her husband and son (she is now an empty nester). Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church!

Monday, March 30, 2015

COTT: February Releases Clash

In the winter, we all need a pick-me-up, and often, 
a good book does just the trick!
Clash of the Titles is pleased to present these brand new novels.

Which one is calling you? Take a moment to browse, then choose which you're most likely to read first. 

 from now until next Wednesday - tell your friends - then come back and see which book is this month's champion!

Convicted thief and con-woman Teagan Copperfield is willing to do anything to avoid prison--even become an honest woman. She has one chance to redeem her future...if she can escape her past.


If Isaac Daniels can catch the pranksters before they ruin Tillgiven Bible School's traditional Christmas Smorgasbord, he can make up for playing hooky in October. It's a great plan--until the pranks take a deadly turn.


Has-been hockey player, Knox Everhart, has a reputation for being fast on the ice and with women, but widow Eden Snow has always been a fascinating mystery to him, which is why he agrees to let her use the back room of his bar for her church. But when Eden brings the church to the bar, it offers something the bottle can’t--hope--and Knox finds himself falling in love with a woman and a Savior he feels unworthy to pursue. 


When the Broussard family secrets are revealed, can Cheryl deal with the truth and accept the blessing of a second chance for relationships with her family, old friends, and with the God she never really knew?



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

COTT: Featuring Julie Cosgrove's Christian Suspense Series

From the first clap of thunder to the conclusion of the book,
Julie B. Cosgrove holds the reader in the palm of her hand.
                                               --Author Victoria Pitt Caine

About Hush in the Storm:

Jen, a young widow floundering in the storm of mourning, whose only lifeline is her humdrum job, is tossed into a maze of deceit and intrigue by a coworker named the request of her late husband, or so Tom says. He kidnaps her and fakes her death to keep her safe from the cartel who he thinks caused her husband's "accident." Together, they are thrust into a tempest of danger and deceit where no one is whom they claim to be. The list of people Jen can believe in keeps diminishing. Who can she trust while dodging the Feds, human traffickers and the press who've discovered she's alive? How will Jen rescue the two held-captive girls she befriends without drowning them, Tom, and herself in the waves of betrayal, especially when she's begun to suspect her husband may not be as dead as everyone thinks...



About Legitimate Lies:

Jen assumes she can escape her past after she testifies against Robert, her human trafficking mogul husband, and enters into witness protection under a new identity. That is until a baby shows up on the stoop of the library where she works, and another man from her past, Tom, appears in her living room. Now she must relocate again under yet another name and memorize a new set of legitimate lies to explain who she is.

When Robert discovers her latest identity, he has other plans for her, such as enslaving her in a Tudor manor in Southern England. The scandalous family secrets she discovers may hold the key to her and the daughter of the manor’s freedom. But first she must tunntel through a myriad of lies, including the dark sin which has held her own heart captive. If the truth is revealed, will it hinder her one chance for happiness?


What COTT Voters Had to Say:
--I have loved all of Julie Cosgroves books . Always waiting for the next one!!!
--I was eager to read Legitimate Lies and found it to be that most rare of all books. ..a sequel that is even better than the first in the Series! Author Julie Cosgrove tells a tight, well paced story which sweeps the readers along in a swirl of suspense. A protagonist in Witness Protection needs to learn to rely on the Lord s she seeks to discern whom she can trust and what is true, when her life seems to depend on a fragile web of legitimate -and not -so -legitimate -- lies. Her personal and spiritual growth made this a powerful and enjoyable book to read. I loved it and recommend it whole heartedly!
--Julie, this is one of the best books I've read. Can't wait for the sequel.
--Julie Cosgrove writes non-stop action and deeper meaning into her plot. Legitimate Lies is a good read.
--Great job, Julie! Keep up the good work. Proud of you :-)
--Julie Cosgrove is an excellent writer.
--Every book looks inviting, but Legitimate Lies captures my curiosity. Good job, Julie!
--Really enjoying Julie's latest!

About Julie:
Freelance writer, author and professional speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and
Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Faith Filled Family Magazine, Upper Room's Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, The Journey and Good News Daily.
Julie has published three Bible studies, an inspirational, a devotional and several novels - Focused (2012), Hush in the Storm (2014) and Legitimate Lies (2015). She is contracted for two more novels: Freed to Forgive (2015) and Navy Blues (2016), with two more in process.

Julie has one grown son and lives in Fort Worth, TX with two cats.

Visit her website at or her blog:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Write Right!: Ane Mulligan: Unforgettable - That's What You Are

Write Right!: Ane Mulligan: Unforgettable - That's What You Are: What makes a character unforgettable? Why is it some live on in our hearts long after we finish the book? The answer is depth; characte...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Marian Merritt: Never Say Never


Trusting your Characters? What do they know?

When I first began writing seriously in 2003, I was an obsessive plotter. Every part of the story had to be pre-planned and everything the characters did in conjunction with the plot was also planned. I remember a vivid conversation with a writer friend. “I could NEVER be a seat-of-the-pants (Panser) writer. I have to know everything before I can write.”

Needless to say, that story didn’t have much “character.” Pardon my pun, but the story fell short on many levels. It didn’t have life, it didn’t have depth, and mostly, it didn’t show the characters as three-dimensional.

Since writing that story, which took three years to complete, I’ve changed the way I approach writing a story. I still have a plotline, but it’s not as rigid and complete. One thing I do different is an extensive story interview with my characters. I know them well enough that if they surprise me with a response or a turn of direction, I know to trust them. To trust that they’re taking the story in the direction it needs to go. I also learned the value of never say never!
I’ve also learned to trust God a WHOLE lot more. I’ve come to realize that my writing is not necessarily for Him but needs to be from Him. The only way that can happen is:

1)      If I pray before each writing session
2)      Trust that God knows a WHOLE lot more than I do about who needs to read this story and what He’ll show them through it.
3)      And to look for what I need to learn through the writing process. I do always learn something more about God and myself with each book written.

In my latest release, THE VIGIL, the main character, Cheryl Broussard, learns her own never-say-never lessons when she is forced to return to the Louisiana hometown she vowed never to return to. Her story took a twist that came from one of those wake-up-at-three-am-revelations. I trusted that God wanted the story to unfold in this new direction and obediently set out to change the story. I believe it’s a better story and will resonate well with readers.

If you’d like to journey with Cheryl as she returns home to face the demons that chased her away from Bijou Bayou thirteen years ago, you can do so for FREE! Pelican Book Group is gifting their digital library to readers during the Lenten season.

Download THE VIGIL

If you read it and like it, I’d love to hear what you think! Readers can connect with me at the following:

Monday, February 23, 2015

COTT: January New Releases Clash

Hostess: Gail Pallotta January 2015, brought us many great fiction books. Contemporary, historical, young adult futuristic and a suspense novel round out this month’s Clash. Which of these will you put at the top of your to-be-read list?


During the 1960s, Henry Youngblood feels the call to plant a new church. Meanwhile, his wife wonders how to pay the bills for the new baby, keep their teen-aged daughters under control, and temper the family’s dreams with reality.  


Spain 1493: In order to flee the Inquisition, Isabel, accompanied by the husband she was forced to marry, must sail with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Indies. There, amid the hardships of the New World, her character is forged and her destiny reshaped as she comes to terms with who she is.  


When Jen unravels the family scandal within the walls of an English country manor, will she reveal the truth she’s hidden for so long as well? Or will she choose to live the lie in order to keep the man she loves?


Sixteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins never questions her country’s pregnancy termination law for underage girls until she becomes pregnant. Now she must comply or fight to save her unborn child, but fighting means Vivica must abandon her mother, a powerful governor, and side with a rebel organization that’s determined to start a revolution.

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