Archives for August 2016

CrossReads Short Takes: Written in the Sand & Loves Sweet Surprise

CrossReads Short Takes

Written in the Sand

by Lynette Bonner

Written in the Sand

Two years ago, a fist not only tore away the last tattered threads of Riley Ross’s ability to trust another human being with her heart, but also stole any chance she would ever have of carrying another child. Since she wouldn’t ask any man to walk through that grim reality with her, she’s made a decision not to start any relationships.

So when she arrives to pick up her younger brother from his soccer practice and sees that Jalen Rivera is his new coach, she knows she’s in for a battle. Because if ever there was a man who could tempt her to forget her vow, it was Jalen. She’d managed to resist him once, could she find the selflessness to do so again?

Jalen can’t believe his good fortune when he learns that Riley still isn’t seeing anyone. But convincing her to give them a chance might be more difficult than he anticipated. Can he prove to her that true love is not written in the sand, but is etched into a foundation stone that is bigger than either of them?

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Loves Sweet Surprise

by Kimberly Rae Jordan, Autumn McArthur
Lesley Ann McDaniel, Staci Stallings, Sally Bradley
Jan Thompson, and Lynnette Bonner

Loves Sweet Surprise

From 7 bestselling Christian romance authors come 7 sweet and wholesome inspirational Christian romances all in one box set anthology, now on Kindle Unlimited!

Can’t get any better than this limited edition. Check out these inspirational stories:

Guarding Her Heart

by USA Today Bestselling Author Kimberly Rae Jordan

Than Miller has been trying to get Lindsay Hamilton to go out on a second date with him for a few months. She’s not interested, but soon a decision her brother makes regarding her plans to join a missions trip means that Than is around for much more than a second date. Will close company breed contempt or will she give him a second chance to do things right?

More than Friends

by USA Today Bestselling Author Autumn Macarthur

When nurse Catriona asks for help with her Vacation Bible School for disabled children, she never imagines how much could go wrong on a simple seaside day out—or that the colleague she’s secretly loved for years might come to see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Testing the Waters

by USA Today Bestselling Author Lesley Ann McDaniel

After breaking up with her ultra-critical boyfriend, Teresa decides to reinvent herself. She meets a nice guy named Curt on the beach in Crescent Cove, Oregon, and tells him she’s Térèse from Paris. Pretending to be someone else is fun until the unthinkable happens—she starts to fall for him.

Flight 259

by USA Today Bestselling Author Staci Stallings

It was only a chance occurrence. When Jenna Davis happens to sit next to Dr. Scott Browning and his young son, Lane, on a plane trip to Newark, she has no idea how that one chance decision will change all of their lives forever.


by USA Today Bestselling Author Sally Bradley

A baseball star stumbles across his ex-wife, the son she hid from him, and the rare chance to right his wrong—until the past that tore them apart returns to destroy their future.

Share with Me

by USA Today Bestselling Author Jan Thompson

He is a poor small-town musician on track toward a successful career as a concert violinist. She is a twenty-something billionaire heiress and a violin collector who shows up and derails his entire life. Or does he derail hers?

Beyond the Waves

by Bestselling Author Lynnette Bonner

Officer Kylen Sumner and Taysia Green have a history. He’s broken her heart more than once. So when he returns home claiming he just might be in love with her, she wants nothing to do with him. If only her heart would get the message!

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Heaven’s Rage

Heaven’s Rage

by BJ Robinson

1 Thessalonians 16-18: . . . and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. “Wherefore ‘comfort one another with these words. . . .”

…the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. Peter 3-7

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 2 Peter 3-10

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth; the home of righteousness. 2 Peter 3-13

Hurricane season brings back memories from 2004. Hurricanes hurled one after the other. I lost my youngest sister during that stormy season. Hurricane Charley allowed me to see her one last time before she died when we evacuated. This is the year that 1 Thessalonians 16-18 became a favorite Bible verse for me because it helped me deal with her loss. Since that time, I’ve used that scripture in much of my writing since I want others to know that they can be comforted by those words and see their loved ones again.

When Lisa died, the heavens raged. Storm clouds covered the land and hurricanes raged in from the sea. That year, twelve blustery hurricanes battered America’s shores. The last, a storm named Lisa, tiny and non-threatening like her, eventually faded out over land. On September 13, a summons came for Lisa, my sister. Sent on a mission, angels ferried another angel home. Because of Christ, even in death, there’s hope.

Over a decade ago, our thoughts were merely on surviving those hurricanes, and mine were on losing Lisa. During those years, the world I knew has eroded. As God’s Word warns there will be signs, those signposts are blaring in our faces if we open our eyes and take off the blinders. Flooding, fires, and earthquakes are becoming more frequent and worse. Even more alarming, good is called evil, and evil is called good, just as His Word warns. If you haven’t read, digested, and thought on the Word lately, I would encourage you to do so. The Bible is life’s instruction manual.

When Christ calls, “Come up here,” will you hear His call? It will be time for that scripture I have clung to for over a decade to come to life.

Sweet Jesus, I pray that people will hear your call and be ready, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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

B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson loves reading and writing, family, and pets. She’s authored over twenty books, available for the Amazon Kindle. BJ writes inspirational and romantic suspense and loves writing in various genres to provide choice for her readers. You will also find inspirational, contemporary, short stories, and novellas available as well as Christmas titles. Check out her Amazon Author page for a larger selection.

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Time Management for Writers

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Time Management for Writers
By Terry Main

Time Management for Writers

We often think of time management as something executives need. However, writers can benefit as well. I’ve taught writing for 30 years. I can’t count the number of times a student complained that they would write more, but they can’t “find the time to write.” While there is no magic formula for adding extra hours to the day, most of us can make more efficient use of the time we have. Check out Time Management for Writers

By borrowing the principles of time management used by many business executives, writers can “find the time to write.” This book shows you how to analyze the use of your time, set priorities, make appropriate trade offs, use short periods of time for writing, organize your workspace, and play to your strengths to improve your time management skills and get more writing done in the time you have available.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Rooted and Built Up & Better Than Cotten Candy

CrossReads Short Takes

Rooted and Built Up

By Terry Main

Rooted and Built Up

In this Bible study of the book of Colossians, you will learn the secrets of living a successful Christian life. Many are counterintuitive. You find victory in surrender. You find life in death. You discover strength in weakness. You are enriched through sacrifice. This Bible study guide will open up to you the riches of this small book.

Colossians addresses deep spiritual mysteries like the nature of Christ as God as well as issues of everyday living such as family, social and work relationships. The apostle Paul blends the numinous with the ordinary in such a way that we begin to see no clear division between the spiritual and the material worlds. Topics include:

    • A Prayer for a Church
    • The Incomparable Christ
    • From Enemy to Heir
    • Complete in Christ
    • Out with the Old and In with the New
    • Reciprocity of Respect
    • Redeeming the Time

All Wordmaster 99 Cent Bible studies are designed to be used equally well for individual and small group study. This guide takes a discovery approach to the learning process. Each lesson includes a commentary on the passage being studied followed by some study questions to deepen your understanding of the book.
These Bible studies are designed for about an hour of group study.
You can download a sample from this page.
The book of Colossians is filled with spiritual gems and this Bible study gives you the tools to dig them out.

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Better Than Cotten Candy

by Annie Douglas Lima

Better Than Cotten Candy

Are you ready for a world tour? Within these pages you can watch a Chinese New Year dragon dance, go snowboarding at Mountain High in California, experience Christmas in the Philippines, spend money on fun in a video game center in Odaiba, Japan; catch shrimp in Australia, and play soccer at Sacramento’s Don Nottoli Park. Step into the Amazon rainforest to hear a croaking frog as loud as a car engine and onto the streets of Taiwan to be serenaded by a putrid-smelling trash truck that plays Beethoven’s “Für Elise”.

You’ll have the opportunity to sample such delicacies as spiky giant crabs, milk tea, tiramisu, spicy curry, dried squid, and fizzy melon soda. Here you can visit a garden to meet zombie-fighting plants and see for yourself how war can be like a broken ATM. Take a break by an icy lake that reflects the stars’ smiles like a sheet of glass. While you’re waiting for the morning sun, wrap yourself in the night, the most beautiful blanket in the world; but don’t let your dad’s raucous snoring ruin your sleep. Finally, beware of insubordinate monkeys, the horrors that lurk in a messy desk, and that house-crushing hailstorm. See the journey through to the end and you’ll discover the one substance on earth that is better than cotton candy!

Proceeds from the sale of Better than Cotton Candy will benefit Taiwan Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides support and encouragement for families of disabled children in Taiwan. Learn more at

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Blessed Poverty

Blessed Poverty

by Precarious Yates

Blessing and poverty seem to be two opposites. Are they?

Let’s talk about our blessedness in poverty. The way we think of blessedness in modern times and the way Jesus taught and talked about blessedness are as far apart as New York City and San Francisco.

When Christians come together, we long to experience the Kingdom of God and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us roadmaps into the heart of God. (In fact, He is the roadmap to the heart of God, but that’s for another day.)

When Jesus began His ministry, He told those around Him to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. The word ‘repent’ literally means to have a completely changed mindset, to turn 180▫ from the direction you previously walked in. In other words, instead of walking away from God, walk toward Him.

In other words, he wants us to have a Paradigm Shift. This is complete change from the way we once viewed the world, a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.

Jesus came to bring a completely different mindset to those who follow Him. He wants us to think through the lens of LOVE, PEACE, HOPE and JOY, instead of through any lens of hopelessness. In order to live in that new mindset in the midst of a sin-sick world, Jesus wants us to be prepared to consider ourselves loved and cherished by God no matter what.

How does he do that? First, it’s through the Beatitudes.

Let’s have a look at this first beatitude.

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3 | NIV

When we declare ourselves poor in our own spirits, and bankrupt without the Spirit of God, we are blessed. We are poor and we are blessed because the Kingdom of God is ours now. We have full access to the Kingdom of Heaven as citizens.

Paul talks about this in Eph 1:3:

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Jesus Himself demonstrated this poverty, as we can see in 2 Cor 8:9.

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Also, Jesus wants to assure His followers that whatever circumstance they find themselves in while in this life, they are blessed because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

What example can you think of for this type of poverty that Jesus talks about?

As you go about your week, whenever you realize that you have a lack, a poverty of some kind, whether it be in physical ability, emotional or mental capability, in finances, or even in friends, know that you can rely on the Lord and He will fill your poverty from the riches of the Kingdom of heaven, the riches that are ours in Christ Jesus.

Have a blessed week!

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their one mastiff and four Pyrenees dogs, three sheep and nine chickens. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms and reading. She holds a masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.