Archives for November 2017

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Christmas Under the Stars

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Christmas Under the Stars

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Christmas Under the Stars

by Donna Schlachter

Christmas Under the Stars

Christmas Under the Stars
November 1858, Utah Territory
Edie Meredith strives to keep her temper and her tongue under control as she heads west with her brother to California. Raised in an itinerant preacher family, she promises she will never marry a man of the cloth.

Tom Aiken, drover of the wagon train, longs to answer his true calling: to preach, and while he realizes not every woman would choose a preacher for a husband, he hopes to soon find his help-meet.

Suspicious ‘accidents’ plague their journey. Is someone trying to keep them from reaching their destination? Or will misunderstanding and circumstances keep them apart?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Fools Notion & The Savior of All Men

CrossReads Short Takes: Fools Notion & The Savior of All Men

CrossReads Short Takes

Fools Notion

by Lisa J. Flickinger

Fool's Notion

Missouri mules were the best. Alda grew to love the creatures working side by side with her pa on their farm along the banks of the Missouri River. He would be hopping mad when he realized his wife and daughter colluded behind his back to sell a pack string. It wouldn’t matter that they were trying to save the farm.

Alda struck out on her own to drive the team over fifteen hundred miles. By day three, her lead mule Bessie refused to take one more step. It was a good thing the handsome cowboy Cord stopped by to lend a hand or Alda might still be sitting in the dust.

Now, Alda needed the man to move on so she could continue her journey. Judging by the spark in Cord’s eye … it just might take some convincing.

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The Saviour of All Men

by Barry Dennis

The Savior of All Men

For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 1 Timothy 4:10 Barry Dennis knows what it takes to move mountains of sin. His experiences in law enforcement, including time as a chaplain at a six-hundred man correctional facility, have allowed him to deal on a personal level with people from many different religions and belief systems. From Christians to Muslims, from atheists to Wiccans, Barry has learned that all people have one thing in common. That common ground is the subject of The Saviour of All Men. The Saviour of All Men draws scriptures from several different translations of the Bible and arranges them topically to demonstrate what Barry has learned over the years about the power of God’s Word. The comparison of different translations and the use of non-canonical texts to fill gaps in understanding make The Saviour of All Men a unique reading experience. With a balance of scripture, personal insight, and questions for reflection, Barry guides readers through the confusing tangle of the different Bible translations available. Barry offers a message of hope, acceptance, and love and shows that God’s Word is not the property of a select fewJesus Christ truly is The Saviour of All Men.

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I’m Glad You’re Here

I’m Glad You’re Here

by Precarious Yates

How many of us have felt like we’re in the way? Like we’re unwelcome or unwanted? Maybe you’re in your car and can just sense that driver behind you, who’s driving much closer to your bumper than is safe, and you can sense the thoughts in their heads. I wish this person didn’t exist. 

Maybe your childhood was filled with neglect. You constantly had the sense you weren’t wanted. 

Perhaps you made a mistake at work and overheard a colleague say, “If she wasn’t here, it’d be better.” 

People so often think and spout off careless, insensitive, and hateful words. Some of us are surrounded by people who do this way too often. 

I want to tell you that YOU have been equipped to change this! How? 

When God looks at you, He smiles. He adores you. His thoughts toward you are a continuous stream of, “I’m glad I made this one!” 

In that revelation, you can speak blessings over those who gush the careless words. Whether they hear you speak or not, you can still bring transformation with words of blessings. 

16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 

“God, bless that one with the revelation of your love!” 

“God, bless her with peace as she drives, even if there’s a storm in her life.” 

“God, bless him with patience for others, and bless the work of his hands.” 

When we speak blessings, a new atmosphere radiates out of us: the atmosphere of heaven! When people encounter that atmosphere, they will hear the whisper of their Father, “I’m glad you’re here.” 

20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Hebrews 13:20-21

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: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

CrossReads Book Spotlight: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

CrossReads Book Spotlight

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Suzanne D. Williams

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come lose yourself in the romance of Christmas with these 4 clean stories, and put a little holiday sparkle in your day!

“Welcome to Wonderland” and “His and Hers Christmas” are exclusive to this set. You won’t find them anywhere else!

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HIS & HERS CHRISTMASKaren and Carlton Mead are, on the outside, a happy successful couple with two smart, loving kids. They have a nice home, two cars, and lots of friends. They are, by all appearances, the quintessential American family.

Beneath the surface, however, eighteen years of marriage have taken their toll, becoming endless bickering over unimportant things.

Faced with the upcoming Christmas holiday, an argument over travel locations causes a larger-than-usual blowout. Karen digs in her heels. She will not spend her days with his family in South Fork. Similarly, Carlton refuses to spend his in Hayesville. And bore himself to death listening to her mother? I don’t think so.

They’ll go their separate ways. She’ll have her Christmas. He’ll have his. Except, soon their mesh of lies becomes more than they can handle, and they have an important lesson to learn – that sometimes, love and family are what really matters.

KISS ME, SANTA

TV baking star, Padgett Greene, reluctantly agreed to spend her December holidays in Florida with her aged aunt, in spite of her desperate need to cling to her waning fame. It could be she’s passing up her next big opportunity toward success by leaving. She has a well-known boyfriend and walks in important social circles here.

Brutus Pope took the opportunity to meet the woman on TV, having decided with one TV episode that they’d be perfect together. She can cook, and he loves food. Add in, how beautiful she is, inside and out, and their relationship seems like destiny. All it took was one kiss to prove it to him.

But what does a woman with so much going for her need with an ex-con who works at a packaging store? And how can the woman, swept away by the man who plays Santa, set aside her golden future for him? Except in his gentle smile and kind heart she sees the happiness she’s longed for and the true meaning of Christmas.

WELCOME TO WONDERLAND

Laurie Gray and Skelley Black don’t get along. Co-workers at the firm, Atkins & Sons, they frequently butt heads, and usually loud enough that everyone can hear it.

When Skelley saddles Laurie with his most difficult client, their contest of wills reaches its peak. Two people with such determination can’t continue to operate together. One of them has to win, no matter how underhanded they have to act to accomplish it.

Yet, the miracle of Christmas has other plans for their lives, romance and a lesson they should learn. In a series of odd dreams, the woman who’d like to claw his eyes out becomes a favored princess, and the man, who hates everyone, is the king.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FLORIDA

Fashion model, Whitney Hobart snuck off to Florida to solve her Christmas blues. A bad, extremely public breakup combined with endless rounds of holiday cheer seems like simply too much to endure. She’ll hide out at a small hotel on the coast, soak in the winter sunshine, and no one will be the wiser.

But when her secret gets out, the problems she’s tried to escape, multiply, and what’s supposed to be relaxing isn’t anymore. The only good thing remaining is hotel manager, Fletcher Collins.

She finds in him a listening ear, a gentle hand, and maybe, just maybe, the greatest gift of all – love.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Genesis: Book of Beginnings & Lainey Sparks

CrossReads Short Takes: Genesis: Book of Beginnings & Lainey Sparks

 CrossReads Short Takes

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

(Journey Through the Bible Book 1)

by Russell Sherrard

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

This book is a Bible Study of the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for this study is the King James Version (KJV). This Book is the first book in the Series entitled Journey Through the Bible.

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Lainey Sparks

by Laura J. Marshall

Lainey Sparks

What do you do when all you’ve thought important seems like a charade?

Meet Lainey Sparks, worship leader turned Christian recording artist. People look to her to lead them to God but she doesn’t know her motives anymore. Then she’s introduced to Nick DeAngelo, a man with a secret. Could he ruin her reputation and ultimately her career? Or is he the only one she knows to lean on when tragedy strikes?

The first book in the Faith & Fame series. Novella Length Christian Romances.

Lainey Sparks – Lead Singer of Christian Band, Depth

Stormy Towne – Heiress to the Towne Fortune

Caroline Winters – Food TV Celebrity Chef

Nick eyed Colin’s retreating form, afraid to look down at the desk. With a sigh, he pulled his chair back around from where it’d spun and sat down. Pulling the newspaper close, he opened it flat, reading the headline, Lainey Sparks LA Lovin’. Disgusted, he forced his eyes to focus on the pictures. A lot of leg showing in one, Lainey was seated in a limo with a man bending forward kissing her cheek. There were more photos of them holding hands, smiling, and a grainy photo of them seated eating dinner.

His heart tore. He wanted to gasp and shake his head violently, expelling the images. But he fought it as every nerve-ending in his flesh beat at his brain to move and react. He neatly folded the paper, opening the briefcase at his feet to shove it inside. All the world’s a stage and he was its number one sucker. This is what I get for falling in love with a star.

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