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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#TuesdayTreasures Guest Post by Cindy Woodsmall

Good Morning Friends,

Well we finally got some cooler weather here in SW Louisiana! Not sure how long it's going to last but we're sure happy to have it. Feels like Fall LOL!

It is with great pleasure I bring you today's guest, Tyndale author, Cindy Woodsmall. Cindy is new to our blog so please give her a great, big, warm welcome....

Cindy Woodsmall is an award-winning New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written 20 works of fiction, including her most recent series, Amish of Summer Grove. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets, including ABC’s Nightline

The Wall Street Journal listed Woodsmall as one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.
RT Book Reviews recently presented her with a Career Achievement Award and gave her latest release, Gathering the Threads, a Top Pick review.

Woodsmall and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.

Learn more about Woodsmall and her books at www.cindywoodsmall.com. She is also active on Facebook (@authorcindywoodsmall). 

So nice to meet you, Cindy! I'm excited to know what you treasure....

Isn’t it funny sometimes when we look back over life’s events and it seems as if time has moved in Fast Forward mode?

I have experienced that numerous times, and my writing career is one that’s flown by in many ways. A few months ago I was honored to receive Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. But usually it doesn’t feel as if I’ve been writing nearly that long.

My first book was published in 2006, but writing it and connecting with editors happened before then.   

If we stepped back to 2004, we’d see that very few people had a smart phone, we backed up our files using “floppy disks,” and a fledgling writer named Cindy met a woman who would change her life: an editor named Shannon Marchese.

I’d had a story idea that had been on my heart for years, and that idea later became the Sisters of the Quilt series. But at the time, no one wanted to publish Amish stories. Beverly Lewis was the only writer of Amish fiction at the time, and most publishers felt the market couldn’t support two writers of Amish stories.  

I met Shannon, an acquisitions editor for WaterBrook Press, an imprint of Random House, at a writers conference. She read the first few chapters of my manuscript and asked to see the rest. Soon enough I was under contract, and before the book was released, I flew to Colorado for an event. While there Shannon gifted me with something special, a book by Lois Lenski called Shoo-Fly Girl.

This treasured book was published in 1963, and it shares the daily life of a young Amish girl, named Suzanna, nicknamed Shoo-Fly.

The author, who’d written several juvenile fiction regional books, had taken the time to be authentic with each aspect of Amish living. The book includes precious illustrations and a yummy recipe seen below. 

Shoo-Fly Pie
1 cup flour
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of butter (not melted)

Use fork to create a crumb/crumble mix. Set aside.

1 cup of dark molasses
¾ cup of boiling water
1 teaspoon of soda
1 beaten egg

Mix with half of the crumbs, do not beat
Pour into a pie shell and cover with the remaining crumbs

Bake for eleven minutes at 375˚ and bake for another thirty minutes at 350˚

Above is an image of the recipe as seen the book Shoo-Fly Girl

What are some of your childhood books that “hold up” when you read them today?

Oh wow, what a treasure, Cindy and that pie sounds delicious! I haven't read any childhood favorites lately, might have to though.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today. Now please tell us a little about your new book, Gathering the Threads....

Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves, will Ariana's new perspectives draw her family closer together---or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she's learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana's Daed doesn't understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. 

What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?  

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana's arrival threatens to unravel Skylar's new identity---and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart. 

Readers can learn more about Gathering the Threads and purchase a copy HERE.

Sounds like a lovely book, Cindy and we wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with it.

Hope you enjoyed today's post friends and that you'll check back each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Veronica Lynch & Caper Magic

Good Morning Friends,

Wow...can you believe October is nearly half over already? Can't say that I'm not ready for cooler weather, but I mean, seriously, where did August and September go?

Although I've known her through a promo group I belong to, I'm pretty sure, today's guest is new to the blog so please welcome Veronica Lynch with her new book, Caper Magic!

P.I. Nick Forrester comes to Cape Brendan ostensibly to assist with Caper Madness, a month long celebration of everything Halloween. In reality he is tracking a woman on the run. Within days he is confronted by Annunciata Doyle, a vivid reminder of a pain-filled past.
After retreating to Cape Brendan in defeat and humiliation, Nunie Doyle's only hope was to make the best of forced retirement. There, in this quaint tourist town on the shores of Lake Ontario, she has earned the love and respect of new friends and neighbors—and now puts her talent for helping women to use.
With the mutual goal of making Caper Madness the best ever, Nick and Nunie fight tooth and nail on the personal level, each discovering a new side to the other, sides that make them consider making drastic changes for the rest of their lives.     

This attraction: complete madness—or sheer magic?

Hank let out a holler just before a huge toothy grin spanned the borders of his gaunt cheeks. “Top o' the marnin' to ye, Missus!” he cackled to someone exiting the front door of the stone cottage next door.  
Taking the concrete steps to the sidewalk in two lithe moves, a woman in a slinky dress the color of ripe tomatoes glanced their way and responded in a distinct Irish brogue. “And the ass end of the day to ye, Mistur Pierpont.”
Intrigued by rich tone of her voice, Nick craned his neck and found one of the witches from yesterday's parade—minus the droopy velvet hat—passing within steps of Hank's porch. A bulging garment bag hung over one arm; she looked headed in the direction of the pier at the end of Vincentian Lane. Damned if right then a wind didn't jump up off the lake and mold the filmy length of scarlet against each curve of her body. Long black hair—and there seemed to be a good ten pounds of it—flowed over her shoulders, caressing her body like a lover as she marched toward Dingle Pier. As his heart bumped into a trip hammer beat, Nick reminded himself to breathe.        

“Ferget yer broom, Missus?” Hank called out to her retreating back.
“In the repair shop,” she replied over one shoulder, winging that glorious onyx hair away from lips painted to match her dress. “Gettin' fitted with a couple of those fancy turbo boosters, it is.”
Hank chuckled, then went back to his coffee. “Turbo boosters. That Nunie Doyle; sure is a pistol.”
An invisible fist reached down to grab Nick's gut in a vise. As recognition flared, long buried rage took a slow crawling path up his spine. 

Wow..sounds like a great book, Veronica! Tell us a little about yourself....and where we can get a copy of Caper Magic.

The book can be purchased at Wild RosePress and Amazon

Legal nurse consultant, victim advocate, sexual assault nurse examiner Veronica Lynch--and her alter ego--Kat Henry Doran, has been there and done that--many times over. She often travels to the shores of Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River to the historic Adirondack and Catskill Mountains for settings in her books which feature strong characters who stand for the less thans in this world. Over the years, she has been called many things, not all of them flattering. The name she treasures most is Nana to the four brightest lights in her life: Meredith and Ashlin, Owen and Kieran.

For more information on Kat and Veronica, go to:
Email:              WildWomenAuthors@yahoo.com
Blog:               www.WildWomenAuthorsx2.blogspot.com
Amazon:          www.Amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?urlsearch-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Veronica+Lynch
Facebook:        www.Facebook.com/WildWomenAuthors
Pinterest:         www.Pinterest.com/KatHenryDoran
Twitter:           @VLynchAuthor

Hope you enjoyed today's post friends and that you'll drop by weekly for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.

PS: Veronica is giving away this hand-crafted item in a Halloween theme to one lucky visitor, so leave a comment!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

#ThursdayThoughts with Mike Befeler

Good Morning!

Last month I introduced you to a brand new to me author, Mike Befeler, who shared with us how he treasures GeezerLit Mysteries.

Today Mike is sharing more thoughts on this subject.....

Examples of Geezer-lit Mysteries

I enjoy writing and reading geezer-lit mysteries. These are books that feature older characters. Since many readers are older, they also like reading about older people and not just young ‘uns. My six book Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series and my most recent book, Death of a Scam Artist, are geezer-lit.

I use geezer-lit in an affectionate not derogatory manner and use it to include both geezers and geezerettes.

There are many outstanding examples of geezer-lit mysteries. One of the most famous examples, of course, is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Everyone assumed that this little old lady couldn’t be that with it, and she always proved them wrong.

One of my favorite contemporary geezer-lit mystery protagonists is Gladdy Gold in Rita Lakin’s series that takes place in Florida. Gladdy and her gang of older people solve mysteries while getting into all kinds of trouble. Since I write humor, I also appreciate Rita’s sense of humor.
Another example of humorous geezer-lit is Parnell Hall’s Puzzle Lady Series featuring Cora Felton, an older gun-toting, ball of fire. Cora has a gig writing crossword puzzles, although she really can’t write them.

Others to consider include: Donald Bain’s Jessica Fletcher in the Murder She Wrote Series, M. C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin, Peter Abresch’s Elderhostel Mysteries featuring Jim Dandy and Dodee Swisher, Rita Mae Brown’s Sister Jane Arnold, Nora Charles’s Kate Kennedy, Colin Cotterill’s Dr. Siri Paboun, Colin Dexter’s Chief Inspector Morse, Naomi Hirahara’s Mas Arai, and Cynthia Riggs’s 92-year-old Victoria Trumbull.

This will get you started with some wonderful older characters in geezer-lit mysteries.

Mike is past-president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He holds a Master’s degree from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Lakewood, California with his wife, Wendy.

Find out more about Mike by visiting the 'About' page on his website and connecting with him at the following locations:


Friends, you can pick up a copy of Mike's book at Amazon (Kindle) and B&N.

Hope you enjoyed today's thoughts about GeezerLit books, and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

#TuesdayTreasures Curtis Insurance

Good Morning,

I've shared with you so many people, places and things I treasure, but I'm not sure I've ever told you about my boss and job at Curtis Insurance of Louisiana.

I've worked in the Insurance Industry before but always in a 9-5 position.

Not this time. I'd known the owners of Curtis Insurance for years and when we talked about me going to work for them, I confessed how much I love my freedom to travel and the flexibility of working from home.

He graciously offered me to work part-time, flexible. My hours are my own and if I want to take a 2 month vacation, travelling, that's fine too! I just go back to work when I get home.

Another great thing about my job is that writing is part of it. Of course it's all industry related, but hey, writing is writing! Right?

So if you get a chance check out our blog. You might find something interesting or important you need to speak with your own insurance agent about.

And, if you're in SW LA and need insurance of pretty much any kind, give us a call. We'd be happy to help you out!

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Paula Mowery & A Lamp Unto Her Feet!

Good Morning!

Today's guest, fellow PBG author, Paula Mowery has visited with us before. Today she returns with a brand new release, so please give her a great big warm welcome!

Kenzie Murrah has lost the guiding voice of her Nana Nita just when she needs it most. She’s graduating mid-year with her early childhood degree, but her parents expect her to join the family chiropractic business. In her Bible, Nana explains how God’s Word can guide Kenzie, but there’s doubt on Kenzie’s part, until the highlighted verses begin to follow her life much too closely.

Trevor Wallen escaped an embarrassing and reputation smearing incident to become a police officer in the small Tennessee town. He strives to do his best to follow Christian principles but longs for God to bring someone into his life with those same morals and values.
Kenzie and Trevor share an attraction for one another that grows into more until a tragedy threatens to end everything. Kenzie begins to shy away from reading the next scripture passage, for fear of what may happen.

Will Kenzie learn she can trust God’s Word? Will Kenzie and Trevor get the chance for a happily ever after despite the dangers of his occupation?

Paula did not provide an excerpt, but you can look inside the book at Amazon!

Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. Paula enjoys reading and reviewing Christian fiction, writing Christian romance and devotionals, and helping other authors realize their dream of publication.  

Learn more about Paula and find other places to link with her on her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.