CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & Finding Faith

CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & Finding Faith

CrossReads Short Takes

Love Begins

by Teresa Slack

Love Begins

“If I wasn’t such a good Christian, you’d be in an orphanage somewhere, young lady.”

Abandoned by their parents, Michelle Hurley and her kid sister Nicole are reminded every day their livelihood depends on a grandmother who never wanted them. Nearly twenty years later, Michelle has accepted the fact she isn’t worthy of the love she so desperately needed as a child.

Her comfortable, albeit lonely, existence comes crashing down the morning Nicole abandons her two young children under Michelle’s lilac bushes. Michelle doesn’t want to be responsible for fixing Nicole’s mistakes. Again. Nor does she want to admit she may be just like the grandmother she can’t forgive.

When as old boyfriend re-enters her life, Michelle is reminded nothing has worked out the way she hoped it would. Kyle Swann also makes her realize shutting her heart against the world could be the worst mistake she ever made.

Love Begins is the first installment of the Tender Blessings contemporary series.

This thought-provoking contemporary romance examines the changing dynamics of family relationships and issues. Infused with honesty and humor, it will capture the hearts of readers who love children, understand their challenges and appreciate the many definitions of family.

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Finding Faith

by Melanie D. Snitker

Finding Faith

Single mom Serenity Chandler is determined to do anything to provide better opportunities for her son, Gideon. Moving away from her family support system so Gideon can attend a special school seems like the right choice, even if it means her entire life is about to change.

The satisfaction of helping children and being a part of their lives is one reason Aaron Randall loves his job as a music therapist. When Hope Academy instills a dating policy, he doesn’t give it a second thought. Until the new coworker who’d caught his attention turns out to be the parent of one of his students.

Any relationship between them will put his job at risk. The more time Aaron spends with Serenity and Gideon, the harder it is to ignore what they could have together. With Aaron’s job and Gideon’s education hanging in the balance, they’ll have to rely on faith to find their way.

Finding Faith is the fourth book in the Love’s Compass series.

It can be read on its own, although it does contain spoilers for the previous books.

This is a sweet, Christian romance novel.

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Beloved

Beloved

by Lisa M. Prysock

When I really think of all that the Lord does for us and has done for us, I stand amazed!   In sending His Son, we have forgiveness and salvation through the work of the cross… but He doesn’t stop there.  He loves us and desires to have fellowship with us on a daily basis.  The idea that He wants to talk to me and show me many things, and to have a very real and personal relationship with me, with you, with each and every one of us is yet another wonderful blessing of knowing God.  He never turns us away when we want to spend time with Him, even though sometimes we get busy and don’t take the time to be faithful in this.  He is faithful, even when we are not.

Then there is His provision for us, both in the natural and supernatural realm.  Not only has He given us this beautiful earth with bountiful and ample supplies of fresh air, water, food, and beauty all around us, but He also provides a way for us to have homes, gardens, clothing and other material possessions, jobs and careers, families, friends, churches, schools, communities, neighbors, and purpose… especially purpose in serving Him and loving others.

On top of this, He gives us the freedom to study, create, choose our courses of action throughout each day, and pursue His plans for us… and even a variety of things that are not necessarily the best of what He wants for us.  He gives us great mobility and freedom of choice.

When I think of all of the beauty alone in the earth that He has placed here for us to enjoy, my heart is overwhelmed.  From mountains and meadows, to oceans and rivers, to butterflies, birds and animals, to trees and flowers… the earth is full of His handiwork, all placed here for us to enjoy.  What a mighty and gracious God we serve!

As a writer, I am truly appreciative of the fact He also allows us to enjoy the artistic achievements of our fellow man.  From bridges and skyscrapers, to music, movies, books, art, and talents of many kinds… it is mind boggling!  There are so many unique things in the world that reveal the heart of God to us and His love toward us.

My friend, we are loved, in fact, we are truly beloved!

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.  Psalm 40:5

Author Biography:  

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

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CrossReads Spotlight: Dubiosity

CrossReads Spotlight: Dubiosity

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Dubiosity

by Christy Barritt

Dubiosity

Savannah Harris vowed to leave behind her old life as an intrepid investigative reporter. But when a friend raises suspicions about two migrant workers who’ve gone missing from the sleepy coastal town Savannah calls home, her curiosity spikes.

As ever more eerie incidents begin afflicting the area, each works to draw Savannah out of her seclusion and raise the stakes—for both Savannah and the surrounding community. Even as Savannah’s new boarder, Clive Miller, makes her feel things she thought long forgotten, she suspects he’s hiding something too, and he’s not the only one. Doubts collide in Savannah’s mind: Who can she really trust?

As secrets emerge and danger closes in, Savannah must choose between faith and uncertainty. One wrong decision might spell the end…not just for her, but for everyone around her.

Will she unravel the mystery in time, or will doubt get the best of her?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Camella’s Smile & Moonbeams

CrossReads Short Takes: Camella’s Smile & Moonbeams

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Camellia’s Smile

by Debra Lynn Collins

Camellia'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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Moonbeams

by JoAnn Durgin

Moonbeams

He represents nothing she ever wanted. And offers everything she needs.
She’s everything he needs. And wants nothing from him.
When their paths collide, can two people from different worlds dream of a future together?
Expect the unexpected.

Mitch Jacobsen’s younger sister, Amy Warnick, has tried to pair him off with her fellow TeamWork Missions volunteer, Cassie, for over a year. Why can’t Amy understand that the harder she pushes, the faster he’ll run? Dating a woman who lives 1,600 miles away—no matter how gorgeous and compassionate—isn’t on his radar. Cassie Thorenson wants nothing to do with a man who works with money and contributes to corporate greed. Dating a Wall Street broker—no matter how handsome and funny—is the last thing she needs. Surely, the Almighty must have a better plan. When these two meet during a TeamWork mini-reunion in Houston over Valentine’s Day weekend, Mitch and Cassie discover they have a lot more in common than they’d ever imagined. Their plan to resist one another quickly derails and then an unexpected event sends them all reeling. Let the sparks and the tempers fly!

The highly anticipated new contemporary Christian romantic adventure in the popular Lewis Legacy Series, Moonbeams is the story of discovering God’s perfect will amidst the most unexpected circumstances.

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Life

Life

by Suzanne D. Williams

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:28)

We are all the same beneath our skin. We all bleed red. We all breathe air. Barring flaws brought about by the power of death on the earth, we function the same.

Digging deeper within us, past the physical to our soul, our mental needs are also alike. We desire love and peace and happiness. Perhaps, there we might differ somewhat. One might like something that another might hate. Some people are more gifted in one area than another – whether in a particular sport, the creative arts, or even in business. But take us home at night and we seek security, safety.

Delving deeper still, to the spirit man (for we are spirit, soul, and body, as God has created us) and we seek something to worship – a divine being, an idol made with man’s hands, even, in many instances, our children or ourselves. But the need is there for everyone. (1Th 5:23)

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Ps 139:14) 

We are all alike, no matter where we live, how we live, or what we believe in. God didn’t create Adam and ask for a do over, and He doesn’t look at you and see the color of your skin, your weight or height, your grades in school, the failure of your marriage, even if you’ve been convicted of a crime. He doesn’t have a scale He weighs us on to see if we measure up to His ideal of perfection.

Our prejudices, the names we call each other, the spite we cast on our neighbors, the arguments we have, the battles we’ve fought in the name of freedom or insult or creed, are just that, ours. We scrabble and claw at each other, always seeking to be on top, first in line, above the heap. We trample on each other trying to get there, not caring who is pushed aside in our efforts.

We’ve become black and white, Democrat or Republican, British or American, Muslim or Christian instead of the one thing that we all are, that the God of heaven made us to be … whether you believe in Him or not.

Human. We are human. A gunshot, a knife to the chest, a plane crash, an automobile accident has the power to kills us all. A handshake, a hug, a smile, three small words, “I love you,” can bridge the gap and mend our differences.

No, some people in their humanness won’t ever see that. In the absence of God’s light is only darkness and darkness breeds hate, sickness, and ultimately death. Some people will, consumed with that darkness, do unspeakable horrible things, things that require extreme consequences. We must have rules and laws or else we descend into chaos.

But I should never walk into a room and look at you and think of what you lack. I shouldn’t scoot aside because she’s Asian or he’s from the Middle East. I shouldn’t criticize you because you didn’t go to Yale or Harvard or … high school. I should see only your face, that you smile and laugh, that you love, that you trust. I should treat you as an equal because that’s how God created us all.

On a level playing field, striving for one thing – Life.

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Soldier

Katy Hansen’s husband died in a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan, and the future they’d planned dissolved in an instant. Left with a young son to care for, in the last ten months she’s had to bury her grief and learn to be both mom and dad.

Harper Chavez lost his arm in the same bomb blast and carries the mental pain of it everywhere he goes, but his personal issues won’t let him forget the last thing his buddy asked him to do – take his wife, Katy, a note penned the night before his death.

Yet this one simple mission, one hour of their time, changes everything they thought they knew. She isn’t as alone as she thought; he’s much stronger than he realized; and together, there’s power in forgiveness, and maybe, love in moving on.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suzanne D WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit http://www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SDWAuthor

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Home is Where the Heart Is

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Home is Where the Heart Is

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Home is Where the Heart Is

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

 Home Is Where the Heart Is

Book 1 in the Christian Romance series, Home To Collingsworth, Home Is Where the Heart Is begins the story of siblings brought back together by their grandmother’s death. Each story shares the struggles and triumphs of a sister as they deal with their faith, the bonds of family and love! 

Ten years ago, Violet Collingsworth left the town founded by her family, eager to escape a domineering grandmother and a past filled with hurt. Finally able to pursue her own dreams, Violet has spent the last decade traveling and enjoying adventures in the outdoors she loves so much. But now her grandmother’s death has brought her back to Collingsworth and to the conflicted familial relationships of her past. Settling down anywhere, let alone Collingsworth, was not part of her agenda, but a run-in with the town sheriff has her reconsidering.

Sheriff Dean Marconett has heard plenty about the Collingsworth sister who loved to travel, but he never imagined he’d be so drawn to her when they finally met. Hoping to win her heart, he keeps secret the one thing that might scare her away. Will he be able to convince Violet to consider settling down in the town she fled from so long ago before his secret is revealed? Or will her adventuresome spirit and the hurts and fears of her past, along with his secret, drive her away from a chance at love?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & Terri

CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & Terri

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Love Begins

By Teresa Slack

Love Begins

“If I wasn’t such a good Christian, you’d be in an orphanage somewhere, young lady.”

Abandoned by their parents, Michelle Hurley and her kid sister Nicole are reminded every day their livelihood depends on a grandmother who never wanted them. Nearly twenty years later, Michelle has accepted the fact she isn’t worthy of the love she so desperately needed as a child.

Her comfortable, albeit lonely, existence comes crashing down the morning Nicole abandons her two young children under Michelle’s lilac bushes. Michelle doesn’t want to be responsible for fixing Nicole’s mistakes. Again. Nor does she want to admit she may be just like the grandmother she can’t forgive.

When as old boyfriend re-enters her life, Michelle is reminded nothing has worked out the way she hoped it would. Kyle Swann also makes her realize shutting her heart against the world could be the worst mistake she ever made.

Love Begins is the first installment of the Tender Blessings contemporary series.

This thought-provoking contemporary romance examines the changing dynamics of family relationships and issues. Infused with honesty and humor, it will capture the hearts of readers who love children, understand their challenges and appreciate the many definitions of family.

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Terri

by Sharon Srock

Terri

Caring for a new foster child while running a thriving day care should keep Terri Hayes more than occupied, but her heart longs for something more. She hungers for a family of her own, and at twenty-nine, she feels time ticking away. When a busted pipe floods her home, Steve Evans offers her the family’s basement apartment as a temporary solution. Steve is widower, a father of two teenaged girls, and a successful writer. He is also the object of Terri’s secret affections. At least he was until a casual comment from him leads her to believe that he has all the family he’ll ever want. Iris and Samantha Evans have set their sights on Terri as the perfect stepmother. Their matchmaking plans include equal parts of prayer and deception. Will their scheming result in the wedding of their dreams, or will the harsh confrontation between Steve and the parents of Terri’s foster child be an obstacle they can’t overcome?

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Silver Words

Silver Words

by Sherry Chamblee

I’ve been thinking lately of the words we hear from each other. We say things flippantly, sometimes purposely being hurtful, oftentimes just careless. We say things without thinking, we ramble on as if words are cheap.

Now I know our words are not on the same level as God’s, but look at the care that God takes with His words. He says His word is established forever:

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 

And He makes a point that all His words themselves are tried and purified. He keeps His Words clean, pure, solid.

Psalm 12:6-7

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever

God is talking in these passages about His Bible, but I think it can also serve as a reminder of how we’re supposed to be trying to be like God.

Are our words like something precious and easily used to turn into useful tools? Or are our words harsh and brittle, divisive and hurtful?

Our words aren’t Scripture, but they can have an affect that lingers on for generations. Our words impact other people’s decisions, and those are decisions we’ll all have to live with. Our words can change the course of a day, a week, a year, or someone’s life.

Let your words be as silver, purified, tested, found to be true and honorable and helpful.

God’s Word is our final authority, but I think we can take a lesson from God in how we talk to each other, and how seriously we take the words that come out of our mouths.

Proverbs 25:11

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Believe in Me

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Believe in Me

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Believe in Me

by Autumn Macarthur

Believe in Me

God’s gifts of love and forgiveness last all year round!
All Cara Talbot wants for Christmas is for it to be over.
The workaholic accountant has good reason to hate Christmas, along with charmers like actor Nick Callaghan, playing celebrity Santa at the failing London department store she has the thankless job of managing.
She’s determined to save her staff’s jobs, Hollywood golden boy Nick just wants to live up to his Mr Unattached reputation and enjoy life. They couldn’t be more opposite. But if accepting Nick’s dare – dates showing her the magic of a London Christmas – can raise enough publicity to keep the store open, she’ll do it. Even if she risks falling in love with him in the process.
Can this surprising Santa allow love to deepen his untested faith and learn to commit, while helping Ms Scrooge believe in Christmas, and in God, once more?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & Samantha

CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & Samantha

CrossReads Short Takes

Love Begins

by Teresa Slack

Love Begins

“If I wasn’t such a good Christian, you’d be in an orphanage somewhere, young lady.”

Abandoned by their parents, Michelle Hurley and her kid sister Nicole are reminded every day their livelihood depends on a grandmother who never wanted them. Nearly twenty years later, Michelle has accepted the fact she isn’t worthy of the love she so desperately needed as a child.

Her comfortable, albeit lonely, existence comes crashing down the morning Nicole abandons her two young children under Michelle’s lilac bushes. Michelle doesn’t want to be responsible for fixing Nicole’s mistakes. Again. Nor does she want to admit she may be just like the grandmother she can’t forgive.

When as old boyfriend re-enters her life, Michelle is reminded nothing has worked out the way she hoped it would. Kyle Swann also makes her realize shutting her heart against the world could be the worst mistake she ever made.

Love Begins is the first installment of the Tender Blessings contemporary series.

This thought-provoking contemporary romance examines the changing dynamics of family relationships and issues. Infused with honesty and humor, it will capture the hearts of readers who love children, understand their challenges and appreciate the many definitions of family.

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Samantha

by Sharon Srock

Samantha

She’s turned her life around…

Four years ago, Samantha Evans was easy prey for con man Louis Cantrell, who left her broke and pregnant. Now, surrounded by a loving family, her life seems to be headed in the right direction as she cares for her young daughter, pursues her dream of becoming a child welfare worker, and dreams of marrying the law student who loves her daughter like his own.

He’s all out of faith…

A God that made the universe, absolutely. A God that hears and answers prayers, not so much. Patrick Wheeler loves Samantha—and her little girl—but he’s done with Christ. And when Louis shows back up in Samantha’s life, Patrick issues an ultimatum that drives Sam away.

They need a miracle…

A tragedy followed by a surprising confrontation with God drives Patrick back to Samantha’s side. Can he reconcile with God before Samantha and Bobbie are lost to him forever?

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Samantha is Book 4 in the Women of Valley View series:
Callie – Book 1
Samantha – Book 2
Pam – Book 3
Kate – Book 5
Karla – Book 6

Also available in audiobook.

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