CrossReads Short Takes: Heated Summer & One Choice

CrossReads Short Takes: Heated Summer & One Choice

CrossReads Short Takes

Heated Summer

by Susette Williams

Heated Summer

Margaret Stephens has her sights set on marrying a man with a promising future. Nicholas Alexander is definitely not that man. His boyish charm isn’t going to sidetrack her; not that he appears to want to. Nick’s judgmental manner irks her because he doesn’t know her…not well enough to condemn her.

Nicholas has seen enough gold diggers like Maggie. The purrfect little kitty who warms up to rich guys. Then when the unsuspecting bums marry them…they find kitty has claws. He’s already been scratched and isn’t about to make the same mistake twice.

Margaret doesn’t plan on ever going hungry again. A visit to the orphanage brings up a past she keeps trying to forget. To Nicholas, it’s a reminder of all the things he has to be thankful for and he hopes that Margaret will come to appreciate all that she has.

Can two people from different sides of the track meet somewhere in the middle? It’s a rough ride till they find out.

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One Choice

by Ginger Solomon

One Choice

Cahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.

Prince Josiah Vallis despises the century’s old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?

When Cahri and Josiah meet, passion ignites. Will it spark a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned…. never to be the same?

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A Devotional from the Heart of Atlanta

A Devotional from the Heart of Atlanta

by Lisa M. Prysock

Good morning friends!  This is the day the Lord hath made and we rejoice in it!  I’m so excited to bring you this devotional from the beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia this morning!   This is a view of the city skyline and the historic hotel we stayed at overnight as we settle our daughter at college. 

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I have to admit this is a big change for us!  She’s our baby; the last of five children.  It’s a bittersweet moment as we watch her spread her wings.  It’s hard to let our children go and yet, we spend years training them for this so they can make an impact on the world.  Here she is moving into her dorm:  

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We enter this phase of life intrepidly.   She has filled a big role in our family, and not having her with us in Kentucky fills me with all sorts of anxiety.  Will I be able to adapt without her there?  Will she adapt to being away from home?  Will she remember to call home often?   

Yet, one thing resonates in my spirit this morning!  This day did not take the Lord by surprise.  He had had a plan for our beautiful daughter all along.  He knew this day would come!  He is holding each of us by the hand this morning.  This is the day He hath made, and we will rejoice in it and with her!  Whatever our anxieties, worries, or fears, He’s got this and He’s got us for He hath said, I will never leave you nor forsake you!  Be blessed today my friends!  This is the day He hath made!

Author Biography:  

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Seaside

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Seaside

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Seaside

by Terri Blackstock

Seaside

Life is a gift too precious to be unwrapped in haste.

Neither of Maggie Rivers’ adult daughters realizes how their frantic drive for achievement is speeding them headlong past the things that matter most in life. So when Maggie purchases plane tickets for them to join her in a vacation on the Gulf of Mexico, they almost decline the offer. Circumstances force the issue, and the sisters find themselves first thrown together, then ultimately drawn together, in one memorable week in a cabin called Seaside. As Maggie sets out to photograph the faces and moods of her overachieving daughters, more than photos develop. A picture emerges of possibilities that come only by slowing down and savoring the simple treasures of the moment. It takes a mother’s love and honesty to teach hers daughters a wiser, uncluttered way of life—one that can bring peace to their hearts and healing to their relationships. And though the lesson comes on wings of grief, the sadness is tempered with faith, restoration, and a joy that comes from the hand of God.

“Blackstock, queen of the Christian suspense novel (Presumption of Guilt, Evidence of Mercy, etc.), departs from the thrills-and-chills genre to pen this agreeable, but never syrupy, story of a family reunion … the dialogue is wonderfully natural and the strong female characters surprisingly well-developed for a novel this brief. The novella’s themes of forgiveness and eternal life undergird the plot and characters, but in an unobtrusive, nondidactic way… Christian readers who enjoy believable women characters will be drawn to this story, particularly as thoughtful vacation reading, relishing Maggie’s message that “time wasted is not always a waste of time.”—Publisher’s Weekly

For more information about the author, visit www.TerriBlackstock.com

Elaia Press
Fiction/General/Contemporary

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CrossReads Short Takes: A Home in Hill Country & The Wedding Chapel

CrossReads Short Takes: A Home in Hill Country & The Wedding Chapel

CrossReads Short Takes

A Home in Hill Country

by Roxanne Rustand

A Home in Hill Country

Desperate times call for desperate measures

That’s why the dying town of Homestead, Texas, established the Home Free program, offering land grants in exchange for the much-needed professional services modern homesteaders could bring with them.

Kristin Cantrell had leaped at the chance to return to her childhood home, accepting subsidized land for herself and her son in exchange for the skills she could provide as a physician’s assistant. She didn’t expect her reputation to be tarnished by a crime her deceased father had supposedly committed. She also didn’t expect to see Ryan Gallagher again, even though his father, the senator, practically owned the Hill Country. Now she had to prove not only her father’s innocence, but also her own.

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The Wedding Chapel

by Rachel Hauck

The Wedding Chapel

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Chapel.

A lonely wedding chapel built as a tribute to lost love just might hold the long-awaited secret to hope and reconciliation.

For sixty years, the wedding chapel has stood silent and empty. Retired football hall-of-famer Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook built the chapel by hand, stone by stone, for his beautiful and beloved Collette Greer, whom he lost so many years ago. The chapel is a sanctuary for his memories, a monument to true love, and a testament to his survival of the deepest pain and loss.

Photographer Taylor Branson left her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, to make a new life for herself in New York. She had lots to run away from, not least of all a family history of broken promises and broken dreams. Love catches Taylor off guard when she falls for Jack Forester, a successful advertising executive, and their whirlwind romance leads to an elopement—then to second guesses. Jack, in spite of his very real love for Taylor, is battling his own demons and struggles to show her his true self and the depths of his love for her.

Taking a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, Taylor is thrown back into a past of family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. When Taylor and Coach’s journeys collide, they each rediscover the heartbeat of their own dreams as they learn that the love they long to hold is well worth the wait.

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Be Careful Little Eyes

Be Careful Little Eyes

by Suzanne D. Williams

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  (Php 4:8) 

What are you lookin’ at?

No, seriously, what are you looking at? What have you set before your eyes? What’s playing in your ears? Is it a view of the circumstances? The voices of negativity and doubt?

There comes a time when the children of God have to make a choice to either listen to worry and fear or slam the door in its face. On a practical level, that may mean no Facebook for you. Or no TV. No internet.

Here’s a biggie – it might mean upsetting that friend or relative who likes to keep you informed. I have a friend who loves political things. I have another who is always watching the weather. On a good day, neither one is harmful. But when a category 5 hurricane is bearing down on you, there’s that choice – to shut the door and lean on God, the maker of all things, or to feed your fears until they’re as big as that storm.

Now, I’m not saying to be unprepared. Whatever you face, whether it’s chemo or your light bill or your children’s future, you should pray and do what God directs in your situation. But there’s a difference between preparedness and fear.

There’s a song we sang when I was young. It went, “Be careful little eyes what you see.” Then in the next verse, “Be careful little ears what you hear.” What a great lesson for us to learn.

What we look at, what we listen to is vital for our success or failure, and I want to know when I’m staring the monster in the eye that the Greater One inside of me had been given all He needs to operate in my life. That my faith in the Anointed One will take precedent over anything else I have to do that day. (1Jn 4:4; Gal 2:20; Eph 3:17) 

Because the Man who calmed the storm lives inside of me! The Man who said, “Here’s My peace. Take it,” when He faced the biggest chance to be afraid, the cross. Death is staring him in the eye and all the powers of hell rage against Him, yet He trusted His Father to carry Him through. (Mk 4:39; Jn 14:27; Jn 10:17; Lk 22:42)

That’s peace! So pick up your shield and use what the Good Lord gave you. You have faith as your guard, a sword powered by the very anointing that raised Christ from the dead, and a gospel of peace to guide your feet. Close off to the winds around you, shut the rains out, and spend time with God seeking peace. (Eph 6:13-17; Rm 8:11; Ps 34:14)

He can handle your situation. No battle you face is too hard; no river is too wide; no mountain is too high. Lift up your hands in praise, and watch and see what God can do. (1Ti 2:8)

He made something out of nothing, after all. (Ge 1:2-3; Rm 4:17)

Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; (Ps 91:9)

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She Loves Me in the Fall

Fed up with her life, Lorelai McDowell went back to college. Though she’s older than other students, it’s never too late to start over. She only needs to apply herself, and with enough dedication, she’ll earn her business degree.

Jarek Barrow took the job filling in for the school’s current business professor, happy to expand his horizons. He loves his home state, but, in light of his brothers’ recent marriages, needs to strike out on his own. He’ll make new friends, see new places.

Yet, tossed together unexpectedly, time and time again, her desire for success and his search for a new beginning might create the best thing of all. A chance to fall in love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suzanne D WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at twitter.com/SDWAuthor.