Archives for September 2016

CrossReads Spotlight: Camella’s Smile

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Camellia’s Smile:

Contemporary Romance novella

(American State Flower)

By Debra Lynn Collins

Camilla's Smile

When Camellia Stewart’s grandfather has a heart attack, she returns to Midvale, Alabama to help her grandparents on their farm until her grandfather is back on his feet. The morning after her return, she confronts Brody Tarvin, her grandparent’s new neighbor, with a shotgun.

Even though the neighbor’s granddaughter threatened to shoot him, Brody can’t stop thinking about her. After hearing about her grandfather’s heart attack, he decides to lend Camellia a hand on her grandparent’s farm. He finds himself falling for the woman with the beautiful smile until he discovers she has a boyfriend back home in Birmingham.

Can Brody win her heart and convince her to stay in Midvale, or will she go back to the big city and leave him behind?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Lost in Love & Lethal Action

CrossReads Short Takes

Lost in Love:

A Contemporary Christian Romance

(Modern Conveniences Book 3)

By Leah Atwood

Lost in Love

These days, Sunny Evans didn’t live up to her name. She was desperate. As in find-a-husband-online desperate. She had until March to marry or risk losing the bed and breakfast left to her by a quirky aunt who left several odd requirements in her will. When her fiancée showed up, he was nothing as described in his online profile and not in a good way.

After losing the woman he loved to another man, Sean Pearson planned a weeklong escape to his grandfather’s cabin that he remembered from childhood. He needed time away and solitude to reevaluate his life. Unfortunately for him, his GPS got him lost on back roads, and he stopped for directions at the first place he came across, the Crosswinds Bed and Breakfast.

The unexpected detour led to events Sean couldn’t have anticipated, but in a moment of clarity, he saw the opportunity to make a difference in Sunny’s life. Could the GPS have led him to the right place after all?

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Lethal Action

(Danger in the Deep South Book 1)

By Rachel Dylan

Lethal Action

Attorney Hope Finch is a rising star at the prestigious New York law firm of Rice & Taylor and is used to high-stakes litigation. But when she’s sent to what she thought was a small, sleepy town in Georgia, she is unprepared for the dangerous turn of events that threatens her life and career.

FBI Special Agent Gabe Marino knows that something sinister is happening in his hometown of Maxwell, Georgia. But even he doesn’t know how big the threat is until he’s assigned to protect a visiting big city lawyer. As Gabe investigates the illegal activity linked to Hope’s client, he tries to caution her, but she ignores his warnings–until it’s her life that’s in jeopardy.

When Hope becomes the target in a deadly corporate cover-up that is directly tied to the biggest trial the town of Maxwell has ever seen, she and Gabe have to find a way to work together. Hope and Gabe race against the clock to uncover the true threat, but can Gabe keep Hope safe in the face of danger or will time run out on them both?

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Faithfulness Demonstrated

Faithfulness Demonstrated

by Precarious Yates

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” – Matthew 24:45-46

There are few things more difficult for human beings than to remain consistent over a decade.

How about several decades?

How about nearly six decades?

Fifty-nine years ago today, a 14 year old boy made a decision.

Because of struggles with dyslexia, this young man had a difficult time at school. Home life wasn’t great for him either.

On this particular day, a traveling preacher showed up at his school and spoke to the teen boys there about Jesus. That preacher’s name was Billy Graham. And the boy who made the decision that day was Peter Rodgers, my dad.

This decision ignited my dad’s dream to become a preacher himself.

He soon picked up his bible. Since he struggled with dyslexia and hardly knew how to read, he took on the task of memorizing scripture.

He spent his summers mowing lawns. As he paced up and down the grass, he practiced each portion of scripture he’d memorized until he finished the letter of Philippians. Then Romans. Then the rest of the New Testament. After that, he moved on to the Psalms.

He not only went to college and seminary, but after he married he went to both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. (Thanks, Dad! Because of this I’m a citizen of both the US and the UK!)

He not only overcame his struggle with dyslexia, he remained faithful throughout his years of working as an Episcopal preacher and in the field of textual criticism. For those who are not familiar with textual criticism, these scholars study the original documents of the New Testament and figure out what words were original and what may have been added in later centuries. One recognizable name in this field is Bart Erhman, who insisted that many of the words we attribute to Jesus in the bible may never have been said by Jesus. It’s popular today to be “objective”, in other words nonbeliever in this field of textual criticism.

Conversely, my dad often says, “The Bible we have is the Bible God meant for us to have.” His has been a consistent scholarly voice proclaiming the trustworthiness and reliability of scripture.

He is as convinced today of Christ’s saving power as he was nearly sixty years ago.

For almost forty years, I have personally witnessed a man who has faithfully preached the gospel, led people to Christ, and discipled hundreds. Some of my earliest memories are of looking for him first thing in the morning and finding him on his knees, praying.

When I was twenty and I finally came to my senses and gave my life to Christ, my dad was one of the first people I told.

He encouraged me to read the word for myself and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, discover who God is, what God says and what He means when He says it. My dad encouraged my pursuit of learning Hebrew and he taught me Greek so I could search matters out on my own.

Over the years, I’ve been impressed by how much of the bible my dad has memorized in its original language. He can also tell you which manuscript has what variations, and where that manuscript was discovered or preserved. But more impressive than all of this is a man who has remained faithful to his God throughout many (and there have been very many) trials and tests of his faith.

The legacy he leaves his children is one of faithfulness, and I have been so grateful to God for it!

Have you had someone in your life who has demonstrated faithfulness to God? How has that person’s faithfulness impacted you? And how has this person’s faithfulness shown you God’s faithfulness?

My dad demonstrated God’s faithfulness to me when I was in the hospital and too sad to speak. He held my hand and sang me Psalm 121. This simple act drew me from a dark pit of sadness and reminded me of God’s love.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.

6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. – Psalms 121

(You can find out more about Peter Rodgers and his books on textual criticism at https://m.facebook.com/revpeterrodgers/ )

God bless you!

Precarious Yates

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.

CrossReads Book Spotlight: How Do I Create a Simple eBook Cover?

CrossReads Book Spotlight: How Do I Create a Simple eBook Cover?

CrossReads Book Spotlight

How Do I Create a Simple eBook Cover?
by Terri Main

How Do I Create a Simple eBook Cover?

How much do you think you need to spend for an e-book cover? $100? $200? $500? Yes, you can spend that much and more. OR you can create one yourself for under $10 using free open source software and stock photos.
This short illustrated step-by-step guide shows you one way to create a beautiful e-book cover inexpensively. You don’t have to be a graphic artist or a computer tech to follow a few simple instructions and create a stunning cover in just a few minutes.
In this book, you will learn how to use GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program), a free full-featured graphics program you download to your Windows, Mac or Linux computer, to create simple, but attractive e-book covers in minutes.
Additionally, with the purchase of the book, you will find links to additional free web extras.

How do I …. guides are short, “fat-free” tutorials giving basic instructions for accomplishing specific tasks. They are simple and to the point. In many cases, there are other ways of accomplishing the same task. In the cause of simplicity, we present only one. We believe that people today are too busy to have to wade through hundreds of pages just to learn a single task. If you are looking for something more comprehensive, you can look elsewhere. If you are looking for the fastest path to learning, then these books are for you.

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CrossReads Short Takes: A Handful of Flowers & A Well-Watered Garden

CrossReads Short Takes

A Handful of Flowers

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

A Handful of Flowers

This Christian romance novella of 34,000 words is the first book in The Callaghans & McFaddens series from author Kimberly Rae Jordan.

NOTE: This book is also part of the boxed set, Love Blossoms (ASIN: B01B0X44IE)

When Emily McFadden first met Steve Callaghan, her only goal had been to gain his permission for his son to come over to play with hers. When she realizes that he is in need of help caring for his four sons, she decides to see if he’d be interested in making a deal. She’d help him with his boys, and he’d help her with the repairs to her aging house. Steve makes it clear he’s not in the market for a wife which is just fine with her. She has her own reasons for not wanting to get involved romantically.

Steve has no interest in a relationship after having dealt with his ex-wife and her rejection of their boys. However, he finds himself drawn to Emily as she showers his boys with love in the same way she does with her own four children. But is it just gratitude or something more? Is it possible that God has a different plan for their families than what they’d thought they wanted?

Stayed tuned for the next Christian romance – A Change of Heart – in the The Callaghans & McFaddens series coming July 2016.

If you enjoy heartwarming Christian romance with a focus on love, faith and family, be sure to check out these other books and series by Kimberly Rae Jordan.

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A Well-Watered Garden

by Terri Main

A Well-Watered Garden

Living an abundant Christian life means more than showing up at church on Sundays. It also means bearing fruit which can nourish those around you. This series examines the “Fruit of the Spirit” described by the apostle Paul.

These studies are designed so that you can study alone or use with a group Bible Study. Each lesson has a commentary and some study or discussion questions to take you deeper into the study of each topic. These lessons are designed around a one hour Bible study session for groups and about 30-45 minutes for individual study.

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