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My Tongue by B. J. Robinson

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” Psalm 45

As an author, I read the Bible and lessons learned and scripture are used in my novels. All my life I’ve felt I could explain myself better in writing than verbally, and I’ve put my pen to paper many times during my life to write letters, cards, poems, short stories, novellas, and novels. There is something about letting myself and my thoughts freely roam and a medium point blue Bic pen and spiral notebook that lets the words flow, especially when I’m outdoors listening to, seeing, and feeling the canvas God created.

I remember a time long ago when I struggled so to get a book accepted for publication. Since that time, I’ve had four paperbacks published, and I’ve published over twenty ebooks independently. The good Lord has blessed me and allowed me to write for Him. Even if I would try to leave Him out of a book on purpose, it wouldn’t happen. I’m a Christian author. No matter the genre, I can’t hide the fact, and I don’t bother to try. He comes up in my writing just as He does daily in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t write a book without Him, and I wouldn’t want to. He gifted me with the ability, and I write for Him. It’s my choice, my love, and my passion.

No matter what I do, I can’t leave Him out of my life. His name is on my tongue and pours out of my pen in sprawled blue ink across the pages of many spiral notebooks. The spirals would be garbage to anyone else who probably couldn’t even figure out the writing to read them, but to me they’re much more than old notebooks. They’re a relationship with my Lord, and I thank Him for blessing me with the ability to lose myself in writing for Him. Through writing, my relationship with Him has grown and turned into a personal one.

Dear Lord, thank you for Your encouraging Word and the gift of eternal life through Your son, Jesus. Thank you for opening my eyes to scripture, Your Word, Your World, and allowing me to write for You. Please bless my writing and let it be worthy in Your eyes to help and bless others and allow them entertainment and enjoyment. Most of all, may readers be blessed with their own personal relationship with You. There is nothing else like it in the world. I thank you for it. Amen.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Copyright B. J. Robinson 2011

About the Author

B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson writes Amazon best-selling Christian and inspirational romance from Florida where she is blessed with family and pets. Last Resort is her debut Christian romantic suspense. Meet Me at the River is a short book of devotionals and short stories, including a story titled “Lisa Has Her Wings” inspired by her sister. She’s penned books in romantic suspense, mystery, contemporary romance, and historical romance to give her readers a selection from which to choose. Her latest novel is The Officer and the Belle, and you may visit her at

CrossReaders Book Review: Mail Order Bride: Hope’s Journey: Clean Western Historical Romance (Faith & Hope Find Love on the Frontier Book 1)  by Terri Grace

CrossReaders Book Review: Mail Order Bride: Hope’s Journey: Clean Western Historical Romance (Faith & Hope Find Love on the Frontier Book 1) by Terri Grace

Hopes Journey

Title: Mail Order Bride: Hope’s Journey: Clean Western Historical Romance (Faith & Hope Find Love on the Frontier Book 1)

Author: Terri Grace

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Faith and Hope live in constant fear of their heartbroken father’s violent outbursts. They are virtual prisoners in their own home, and no young man will cross their father to ask their hand.

When Faith comes up with a daring plan for her younger sister’s escape, Hope jumps at the chance to run.

It means travelling thousands of miles to the arms of a man whom she has never met, but what other choice does she have?

Daring sisters, secret letters, nighttime escapes, faithful Western brothers longing for brides, praying mothers, overcoming love, and heart melting romance all add up to one of the happiest Mail Order Bride stories you will ever read.

FAITH & HOPE FIND LOVE ON THE FRONTIER – The beautiful story of two abused girls who follow their hearts and find strong Godly men on the frontier.

Book 1: Hope’s Journey
Book 2: Journey of Faith
Book 3: Love Never Fails


What an emotional and inspirational story. Two sisters, Faith and Hope, and their constant abiding faith in God. Faith being the oldest does all she can to try and protect 16-year-old Hope from their drunkard father and his beatings. She is willing to sacrifice and suffer to spare Hope and they answer an ad for a mail-order bride to get Hope away. The plot kept me captivated with heartwarming dialog and interesting characters. I can’t wait to read Faith’s story next.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReads Short Takes

CrossReads Short Takes


Lucky is free August 29 to September 2!

Kalin Lane had his dream in hand. Then, on the cusp of mega-stardom, Kalin’s world crashed down around him in a hail of stupid choices. Five years later, Kalin is back, reaching for his dream once again; however, time hasn’t erased his past. Will the lessons of the past be enough to save him from himself this time around?

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by Don Prichard

First they had to survive the island … then each other … then their rescuer.

All Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers wants is to give his dying wife a last, romantic cruise to the Philippines. Unable to save her in a mass murder aboard ship, he washes ashore a jungle island, where he discovers three other survivors. Heartbroken that he failed to save his wife, he is determined not to fail these helpless castaways.

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Letter Writing Is a Thing of the Past by Rebekah Beene

Letter writing is a thing of the past. I’m noticing too that more people are carrying tablets of electronics rather than paper. So they are putting their thoughts on a tablet instead of writing notes. I decided to get involved with an encouraging weekly note exchange through a blog and have found that I am relearning the art of writing a letter. My penmanship isn’t what it once was because I type all the time! But as I learn i grow and as I grow I hope that my writings become more and more like Jesus’s Words to loved ones from His heart. I also know that I have to read my own writings! I need the Truth as much as those who read the devotionals! My past self, my future self and my right now self are all wanting to live there – in the past, stuck in the present or worrying about the future. But God has been so faithful that I couldn’t ask for a better past. I can’t hope for a better future. And I’m content right where I am because God is with me!

If I could write a letter to the past me I’d say, look what the Lord has done! The things you thought might never happen have become reality through God! Prayers from back then have been answered. Your life has changed. Your circumstances, you know the ones you were “under”? They have changed. Looking back may not always be a good thing, but looking at what God has done from then to now is so encouraging!

Oh beloved, none of us is where we want to be, but God has been working in us, through us and for us all the time. You are blessed, chosen, redeemed, renewed and anointed and appointed to show forth the praises of God – who has called you and keeps calling you higher and higher into His marvelous light! Quit believing the lies that nothing will change for God is changing everything all the time.

God loves you and He’s for you! That means your life is a never ending story of His mercy and grace. Walk in freedom, rejoice in the changes being made and live in the Light of His Word!

I Corinthians 1:9 God will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and He has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
CrossReaders Book Review: Free to Serve: A Historical Western Marriage of Convenience Novelette Series (Texas Wildflowers Book 4) by Susette Williams and Leah Atwood

CrossReaders Book Review: Free to Serve: A Historical Western Marriage of Convenience Novelette Series (Texas Wildflowers Book 4) by Susette Williams and Leah Atwood

Free to Serve

Title: Free to Serve: A Historical Western Marriage of Convenience Novelette Series (Texas Wildflowers Book 4)

Author: Susette Williams and Leah Atwood

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Sawyer Stephenson struggled with his faith in the past. Angry with God for not providing for the people in his small town, he chose to steal from the rich to help those in need. Sentenced to jail time, the pastor who strayed from the path realizes that God may be giving him a second chance when he is offered the opportunity to participate in a program that seems almost too good to be true.

Gabriella Emerson is tired of being looked down on by other women. If she had to choose, she would have never chosen the life of a saloon girl—but desperation had a way of making you do things you’d later regret. After inheriting a daughter from one of the other barmaid’s she worked with, Gabriella is determined to start fresh, so that the child will not be doomed to follow down the same path. Gabriella moves to Mucksbe, Texas and signs up to become a Freedom Bride in order to provide for her young charge.

Can two very different people find a second chance, or are they doomed to be defined as saint and sinner?
This is the fourth novelette of the new Texas Wildflowers series by bestselling authors Leah Atwood and Susette Williams.

The Texas Wildflowers Series:
Free to Love
Free to Heal
Free to Protect
Free to Serve
Free to Roam
Free to Forgive


This is the fourth book in this wonderful series and they do not have to be read in order. The Freedom Bride program allows men who have been convicted and sentenced to prison a second chance, by marrying a bride and staying out of trouble. None of the men has committed serious crimes. Pastor Sawyer Stephenson is guilty of helping the poor, but an evil man decided he was stealing from him in the process. Gabriella Emerson was a victim of life and death of her parents, she finds herself working as a saloon girl and helping raise another saloon girls child. But men are starting to notice the young girl and Gabriella needs to keep her safe and decide to head to Mucksbe, Texas to be a Freedom Bride. What a wonderful story of forgiveness, acceptance, and new beginnings. The plot kept the pages turning with heartwarming characters and dialog. It also has a wonderful message that God will forgive any and all sinners, no matter the sin if they will only ask and invite Jesus into their heart. Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and ratings are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts