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There Is an Alternative & a Giveaway

There Is an Alternative & a Giveaway

by Lisa Prysock

I wrote Abigail’s Melody to share the message that there is an alternative to the senseless killing of our unborn children through abortion.  There is always help at the foot of the cross when we pray; especially for the young lady who finds herself in an unwanted pregnancy.  Though this book is a Victorian story, the message is timeless.

Abigail’s Melody is the sequel to Hannah’s Garden:   a Turn of the Century Love StoryHannah’s Garden, the first book in ‘The Victorian Christian Heritage Series,’ is the story of an orphan girl coming of age in the Victorian Era and reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables.  I loved the Anne series by L. M. Montgomery and they say, write what you want to read, so I did!  The theme of Hannah’s story is suffering.  It’s a tragedy to triumph kind of a heartwarming romance.  It’s also the story of overcoming.

Hannah is adopted into a Kentucky preacher’s family and thrust into a life with lots of siblings.  It’s hard for her to believe she is loved and she unknowingly sets out to prove the reverse.  Nonetheless, in spite of her antics, she begins to change after a tragic circumstance that wakes her up.  The reader can journey along with Hannah and see her character transform from a troubled teen into a productive, whole, healed, and loving young woman.  I loved this time period in history and found the Victorian Era very interesting to research.  It’s the age of the Gibson Girls; charming two story houses with wrap around porches; and lots of bustles, big hats, fans, parasols, and lace.  The book includes food and recipes from this time period, fashion, expressions, political and historical events, and many pieces of the amazing strides the world was making on the brink of an industrial revolution.  From bicycles, to the automobile, to steam engines, to electricity, to the telephone and radio, the world was a constantly changing place during Queen Victoria’s reign.  There is a spotlight on American turn of the century evangelicals, D. L. Moody and John Wilbur Chapman.  A biography about Moody can be found here.  You can read more about Chapman here.  Although the paperback version isn’t technically a large print, the print is large enough that I’ve been told by readers they love the larger print.

Abigail is one of Hannah’s younger sisters.  Abigail’s Melody picks up a few years after the story of Hannah.  It’s 1906, and abandoned by the father of her child, Abigail finds herself with child and out of wedlock.  Back in those days, her situation would have absolutely destroyed her father’s reputation as a preacher and the reputation of her family.  Faced with a great dilemma, she prays and seeks counsel from an older sister, Elizabeth, who is a loving and non-judgmental Christian.  Although the answer isn’t the expected one, through a great deal of prayer and help which arrives from unexpected places and unexpected characters, the Lord navigates Abigail to break free from the crisis and turns her life around.  She trusts God and allows Him to step into her circumstances.  Part of the story takes place on a romantic steamship which was fascinating to research.  The other parts of the story take place in the countryside of both Kentucky and England.  The book is a short read, more like a novella, filled with adventure and insight into the life of a believer.  If I had to sum it up in one line it would be:  preacher’s kid on the adventure of a lifetime meets Downton Abbey.  The book shines a spotlight on William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army and gives readers a glimpse of the many dangers Booth faced to reach others for Christ.  Both books are suitable for young adults and clean, wholesome reads.

Readers can acquire both eBooks in this series for less than $3.00 and a generous portion of proceeds helps to support missions.  Both books are also available at Barnes and Noble online, Smashwords, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.

Abigail's Melody

Also, don’t forget to enter this Amazon giveaway for a chance to win one of four free Kindle version eBook copies I’m giving away of my newest release, The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Christmas Regency Romance which just released on Valentine’s Day, 2017 You can enter for a chance to win one of the four eBook copies until March 1st, 2017!

The Shoemaker

About the Author:

Lisa PrysockWhen she was thirteen she knew what she wanted to be: a mother and a writer! Lisa says she went on a detour a number of times but the Lord generously allowed both of her dreams to happen.

Lisa M. Prysock is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” a Regency Inspirational Romance and two more Historical Christian Romance books with Kentucky settings in the Victorian Era, “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” and “Abigail’s Melody,” Volume 1 and 2 in a series titled “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series.”

“I don’t know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England at some point and two start out in gorgeous, rolling Kentucky…”

Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of seventeen years and homeschools two of their five children. She has a son in college and two stepdaughters, grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Minnesota on a farm. “Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy and even horses one summer, a huge vegetable garden, fishing and snowmobiles!”

Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher and a stapler. “It was a book about ‘Curious George.’ I couldn’t spell yet but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page.” She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with her first ever babysitting earnings.

Lisa is a huge fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the “Anne of Green Gables” collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, “Heidi,” “Christy,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Little Women.” She loves writing family oriented, classic style literature: a little less conversation and a lot more detail and background. She also loves sharing her faith in Christ with her readers. She believes people just need to know how wonderful He is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him.

She gives a portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel. She is currently writing her eighth book, and she recently completed “The Lydia Collection.” For more information about Lisa and to find out when her next book will launch, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com

 

CrossReads Spotlight: Prescott Pioneers

CrossReads Spotlight: Prescott Pioneers

CrossReads Spotlight

Prescott Pioneers

by Karen Baney

Prescott Pioneers

“Well written and deep characters pull you in from the first page and keep you turning to last.” –Reader

“If you love great western romance stories with a faith in God, then you’ll love the Prescott Pioneers series!” –Reader

“Realistic. Well-written. This series is one of the best series of the old west that I’ve read.” –Reader

The Prescott Pioneers Series is set in the Arizona Territory in the mid-1860s. The series follows the lives of the Andersons, Colters, and Larsons as they make the journey west to a wild new territory.

Will the cost be worth it? What heartaches are in store? Will their dreams be everything they hoped?

A Dream Unfolding (Book 1)
Hannah Anderson and her husband head to the West in the hopes of starting over. The journey is difficult and costs more than either expected.

Will Colter is forced to leave the ranch he has called home for nearly thirty years. The cattle drive west challenges him and his men—threatening their very lives.

A Heart Renewed (Book 2)
Julia Colter rebels against her old brother’s poor choices of suitors. When her rebellion against her brother puts her life at risk, she turns to her friend for help.

Adam Larson longs to train horses and plans to head west to the Arizona Territory to see his dreams fulfilled. When Julia shows up on his doorstep in the middle of the night, he agrees to help her flee. The decision changes both of their lives forever

A Life Restored (Book 3)
Social butterfly, Caroline Larson, longs for adventure. Stranded in the Arizona desert, far from her final destination, she must rely on a stranger who gets under her skin.

Thomas Anderson has always struggled with making good decisions. Dealing with the ghosts of his past threatens to overshadow his future—until he meets a woman needing his help. Sparks fly as she grates on his nerves.

A Hope Revealed (Book 4)
Life turned out differently than Mary Colter expected. With her abusive husband either missing or dead, and the ranch gone, she is left to raise her two children on her own. She decides to head west to start over.

Warren Cahill is confronted with one problem after another in his new role as foreman of Colter Ranch. Missing cattle and hot-headed cowhands take most of his attention. When Mary arrives at the ranch, tensions rise and he finds himself in the middle of it.

Special sneak peek opening scene for Karen’s next series included.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Pennies From Heaven & Crimson Eve

CrossReads Short Takes: Pennies From Heaven & Crimson Eve

CrossReads Short Takes

Pennies from Heaven

by Janice Thompson

Pennies from Heaven

It’s back to Splendora for Bella and the gang, and boy, do they have their work cut out for them! This time Bella’s planning a Parisian-themed wedding in the springtime, right in the heart of a crazy political season! Whew! Talk about a challenge. And when the fine folks in Splendora find themselves split down the middle over their presidential candidate of choice, Bella’s in for a whirlwind of a time. Throw in a flustered bride, a passel of rowdy children, and a BFF with big news, and you’ve got the makings of a fun (but crazy) story.

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Crimson Eve

by Brandilyn Collins

Crimson Eve

Carla stared at the gun and David Thornby—or whatever his name was. Her mind fissured, one side pleading this was some sick joke, the other knowing it was not. Her throat ran dry, air backing up in her lungs. She swallowed.


‘Please. You must have the wrong person. There’s no reason for someone to want me dead. I don’t have any enemies.’


‘Then you’d best rethink your friends.’

Realtor Carla Radling shows an ‘English gentleman’ a lakeside estate—and finds herself facing a gun. Who has hired this assassin to kill her, and why?
Forced on the run, Carla must uncover the scathing secrets of her past. Secrets that could destroy some very powerful people. Perhaps even change the face of a nation …
Crimson Eve is book three in the Kanner Lake Series. Set in a small lakeshore town in pristine northern Idaho, this series combines suspense and fast-paced action with intriguing, well-crafted characters and many an unexpected twist. Also available: Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, and Amber Morn in the Kanner Lake Series.
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A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

by Ruth O’Neil

John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” 

This verse may be written in sometime toward the end of the first century, but it is still relevant to us living in the 21st century maybe even more so.

People are obsessed with the dark. Have you noticed the themes of entertainment lately? Many movies and books are “dark.” The Christian is commanded to be a light in the dark. In a conversation with other writers one day we were commenting on how many places where an author can advertise his book are full of other books that are simply filth. At first, I didn’t really want to advertise my book there because I didn’t want it mixed up with the trash. However, as I thought about it later and as one of my writing friends commented, that book would stand out because of its light.

Sometimes people make fun of me because of what I won’t watch. I let them have their fun because my convictions may not be theirs and vice versa. However I am convinced this is how Satan sneaks into our lives and pulls people way. He makes the dark look inviting and exciting.

That is why I have devoted my life to writing good things. Where there is utter darkness even the smallest of light will be seen. Yes, I could make more money writing things that were more sinfully appealing, but I won’t. I want to be able to stand before God and not have any shame in anything I wrote. I want to hopefully meet people that, because of my writing, were led to Christ, or at least deepened their relationship with Him. That kind of success is something money can’t buy.

I challenge you to pray and ask God to open your eyes to the light. Take 30 days and only watch, read, and participate in things that are wholesome. You know – the things that you wouldn’t be embarrassed about your grandma or your kids were there with you. Take note of your attitude and demeanor after those 30 days. Has anything changed?

I hope so.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

CrossReaders Book Review: Yours to Love by Cathy Jackson

CrossReaders Book Review: Yours to Love by Cathy Jackson

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Title: Yours to Love

Author: Cathy Jackson

Yours to Love

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Recovering from a heartbreaking divorce, prominent YouTuber Maximillian Roselle finds himself a single father of two young children. Lonely and in pain, they cling to each other on the island of happiness he has created for them, longing for a wholeness they cannot voice.

When strong-willed, compassionate, and empathetic Ruthie Eden enters their world, hope for that wholeness is born. Her heart bleeds for Max’s children and she is compelled to heal three broken hearts.

Slowly and cautiously Max weaves her into the fabric of their lives fearing she will compromise his trust, yet hoping she may be the healing balm his family needs.

Review

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT

Once again, Ms. Jackson has spun a moving, emotional tale of loss, hurt, betrayal, devotion, acceptance, forgiveness, and new beginnings. The characters have real life situations, emotions, angst, anger, and reactions. While sharing the love of God, striving to live as a child of God, it does not come across as preachy or holier-than-thou, but instead, humble and devoted to the Lord.

Maximillian Roselle has a deep and abiding love for his two children, Michael and Caroline. He is a loving parent, is hands on with them, provides healthy food, a comfortable home, and his time. His ex-wife and the children’s mother decided that she wanted more in life, and walked away from all of them. Max is determined never to be hurt again, not allow another woman to become close, and to protect and nurture his children. The downside, he lacks a female companion, someone to have adult conversations with, enjoy a cup of coffee, and a relationship. Max is a famous YouTuber, with over fourteen million followers.

Ruthie Eden is a thirty-four-year-old virgin, who hasn’t dated, never been kissed, and has a deep abiding love of the Lord, His word, and her church. She loves working with the children and in the church nursery. Ruthie works two jobs, one full-time at a fast food restaurant, the other part time stocking hardware. She also has a love of writing clean romance and has written a book and hopes to continue writing clean romance, even if she has never had romance in her life.

The plot will have Max and Ruthie at a grand opening of a comic store interacting with customers, and for Ruthie, offering her book for sale. When Michael and Caroline’s babysitter cancels, he will bring them along, and Caroline will interact with Ruthie, becoming fast friends. Max will find himself needing to find a new Nanny for his children, and fate will bring him and Ruthie together several times. “God would allow in my life what He knew was right and that would bless me, so I believed the event would be a blessing.” There are no mistakes with God, and healing for Max is in the works, with Ruthie as a kind reminder, along with her living faith will help heal this broken family. “Being a Christian isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s all about giving everything up to the One who loves me more than anyone else could.”

There is a physical and emotional attraction between Max and Ruthie and one they both try to fight. She will not be with someone who isn’t a Christian, and he is afraid to trust and be hurt again. She never tries to force her religious beliefs on him or the children, but her actions and life represent the Bible she believes in while admitting she is human and subject to daily failure. “God knowing our needs before we tell Him.” The story is a clean Christian based romance.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts