CrossReads Spotlight: Prince From Her Past

CrossReads Spotlight: Prince From Her Past

CrossReads Spotlight

Prince From Her Past

Contemporary Christian Romance

by Carol Moncado

Prince of Her Past

Princess Yvette of Mevendia has been engaged since before her first birthday. Thanks to the ridiculous contract her father signed, the engagement is still intact and the wedding set to occur a week after her eighteenth birthday, even though the groom’s been dead for over seventeen years.

Or has he?

Prince Nicklaus of Ravenzario and his nanny narrowly escaped death when a car accident claimed the lives of his parents. Raised in hiding in the United States, and recently informed of his royal heritage, Nicklaus has returned to the land of his birth just in time for his wedding.

Nicklaus finds himself attracted to Princess Yvette, but is that enough to go through with the wedding? Or will he suffer banishment not only for himself, but the nanny who raised him and the fiance he’s only just met? Despite his tall, dark, and handsome appeal, Yvette isn’t sure she wants to go through with the wedding – but she really doesn’t want to be exiled either. She prefers to be proactive, to go after what she wants, but this time, the princess finds her future, her chance at happiness, in the hands of the prince from her past.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Dark Justice & Oceans Apart

CrossReads Short Takes: Dark Justice & Oceans Apart

CrossReads Short Takes

Dark Justice

by Brandilyn Collins

Dark Justice

“If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back.”
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While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved.

The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twentyseven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well?

Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country.

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Oceans Apart

by Leslie Ann McDaniel

Oceans Apart

This is the biggest weekend for the Inn at Crescent Cove since Lily Duarte bought it a year and a half ago—it’s been booked for a wedding. Now if only she can stop dwelling on the last wedding she planned, then called off at the eleventh hour…her own.

Trying not to regret breaking her engagement to her rage-aholic ex-fiancé, Lily puts all her focus on making this wedding a success. But when the bride turns out to be a nightmare and one of her key employees quits, Lily begins to question her ability to make it as a business owner. Even worse, she questions if she’ll ever find love with a man who doesn’t turn out to be controlling and abusive.

Matthew Case has flown all the way from Baghdad, where he runs a computer consulting business, to act as best man for a lifelong friend. While he’s happy to be there, the trip serves as a brutal reminder of how lonely is own life is. His purpose in Iraq is clear, but none of the women he’s met there have captured his interest, much less his heart. Is he just being too picky? When he enters the Inn at Crescent Cove, the gorgeous dark-haired owner grabs his attention. Could she also be the one to win his heart?

For Lily, the handsome best man could be the best thing about this wedding-gone-haywire, but he lives halfway around the world. Does she dare hold out hope that he’s really the Prince Charming he appears to be if their worlds are oceans apart?

Crescent Cove. Where true love comes in waves.

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He Goes Before You Into Galilee

He Goes Before You Into Galilee

by Lisa M. Prysock

Do you ever feel afraid to share the gospel, to believe, or to take on an active role in sharing Christ with others in some way?  You are not alone my friend.  Sometimes I wonder if my books or any of the other things I do within the body of Christ are making any difference at all.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we can and are making a difference.  Sometimes it’s hard to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.  Other times, it seems like anything we might commit to might be exhausting, in addition to uncomfortable.  Not to mention, we may face persecution from our friends and family for sharing the gospel.

I know of at least two ladies who may have felt this way when they had an encounter with Jesus and tried to share it with others… and the others were not just any believers, these were the disciples!  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were among the first to go to the tomb and find it empty because Jesus had risen from the dead!  They went to anoint the body of Jesus with spices and along the way, worried about who they might find to roll the stone away.  It was very early in the morning.  The Bible says in Mark chapter 16 that it was at sunrise when they came to the tomb.

Then they suffered a joyful shock to discover the very great stone had been rolled away and on the right side of the sepulchre, there sat an angel clothed in white.  These are beautiful details that encourage our faith in God’s Holy Word.  We know that it was sunrise; we know the stone was very great; we know the angel was sitting on the right and not the left; and we know that the angel was clothed in white.

Reading this account in Matthew chapter 28, we discover that there was an earthquake as the women neared the tomb and as the angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone.  In this account, we know that the angel sat upon the stone.  In both accounts, we find out the guards became as dead from fear when these events transpired.  We also discover that the angel’s countenance was bright as lightning and his raiment white as snow.

The angel explains that Jesus has risen from the dead and isn’t there.  He invites them to come inside and see the empty tomb for themselves.  After this amazing discovery, Matthew says the women then ran with great fear and joy to tell the other disciples.  They run right into Jesus on the way!  Now they are completely ignited with joy and running even faster to tell the disciples.  The Lord tells them to tell the disciples and Peter, He will see them in Galilee.

The disciples are weeping and mourning when these brave and devoted ladies arrive with this news.  They do not believe their story.  They don’t believe yet that Jesus has risen from the dead.  Their reactions must have broken the hearts of the women who had seen Jesus with their own eyes.  I’m thinking Mary Magdalene was thinking, just you wait and see!  She may have been washing the dishes with some emotional vigor and wondering what the Lord would think of their unbelief.  She may have had to endure some insults and the doubts of the others that may have made her feel inferior.  Meanwhile, the chief priests and elders are busy giving a bribe to some of the soldiers to tell a lie to the governor (and anyone else that asks them) that the disciples have stolen the body of Jesus.

Galilee is to the west of Jerusalem.  I believe the disciples then began to make the journey toward Galilee as Jesus had instructed Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to tell them, even though they didn’t yet believe this new report that Jesus was alive.  I can hear it now!  “All right Mary, we’ll go to Galilee if you stop pestering us, but only because it’s not safe to remain where we are.  Until we see for ourselves, we don’t believe your story…”

As they make this journey, Jesus appeared to two more of them in the countryside, but the disciples still didn’t believe the reports.  One night, maybe in the very next day or so, while having dinner together, perhaps in Galilee or still on the way there, finally Jesus appears to all eleven of them.  He upbraids them for their unbelief.  I believe He wanted them to have a greater trust in each other.

Nonetheless, Jesus is extravagantly merciful.  After the scolding, He passes on down to them the greatest calling and honor of every disciple and Christian ever given:  The Great Commission to go into all the earth and preach the gospel to every creature making more disciples of Christ, baptizing them in the name of Jesus.  Hereby we know each of us have a role to fill in this great call in some capacity or another.

I hope this encourages you as much as it does me.  We know that the disciples were very effective; that God sent help to them with many more new Christians like Paul and others; that He promised nothing would hurt them; and that the Lord confirmed their work with signs and wonders!  The book of Acts is filled with accounts of their astounding growth and the miracles that the disciples performed in the name of Jesus.

Yes, at first the two Mary’s had to suffer the unbelief from those around them, but eventually, the truth was made known to all of them.  We need not fear.  We may suffer on the earth for a short time in our work for Christ, but along the way, many will come to know Jesus and great things will happen.  He sees your suffering, your discomfort, even the smallest sacrifice to be obedient to Him in being a part of this work.  Nothing else is as rewarding as being a part of building His Kingdom.  Eventually, all will know the truth.  I hope you had a blessed Easter and Resurrection Sunday and are as ignited as ever to do something wonderful to spread the gospel, pray for others, and share the love and truth of Christ in all you do.  I know He will not leave you!  He is with us even unto the end of the age.

But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.  Mark 16:7, KJV

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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Special Book Spotlight: Leaving Oxford

Special Book Spotlight: Leaving Oxford

Special Book Spotlight

Leaving Oxford

by Janet W. Ferguson

Leaving Oxford

Free April 15-18

Leaving Oxford: Christian Fiction~Faith, Humor, Romance, Southern Style

Escaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t.

A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in her charming hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. And she may well be stuck there forever. Suffering from panic attacks, she prays for healing. Instead, her answer comes in the form of an arrogant football coach and an ugly puppy.

Former celebrity college quarterback Jess McCoy dreamed of playing pro football. One freak hit destroyed his chances. Although he enjoys his work as the university’s offensive coordinator, his aspirations have shifted to coaching at the highest level. His plans of moving up are finally coming together—until he falls for a woman who won’t leave town.

As the deadline for Jess’s decision on his dream career looms, the bars around Sarah Beth’s heart only grow stronger. But it’s time to make a decision about leaving Oxford.

Praise for Leaving Oxford
“Southern humor and charm shine through in Leaving Oxford, with characters you’ll feel like you’ve always known and a theme eternally relevant.” – Misty M. Beller, Christian historical romance author.

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CrossReads Spotlight: Love in a Fix

CrossReads Spotlight: Love in a Fix

CrossReads Spotlight

Love in a Fix

by Leah Atwood

Love in a Fix

Modern Conveniences- a new series featuring contemporary marriages of convenience.

As a widowed, single mom, Lyndsey Allen has a load of financial troubles. Despite her best efforts to stay afloat, she faces foreclosure. With a young son to consider she needs a miracle and quick, but pride won’t let her accept money from a longtime friend.

When handyman Shep Patterson promised his best friend that he’d look after Lyndsey should anything happen to him, he never imagined that would include marriage, yet a proposal slips from his mouth.

Lyndsey accepts his proposal, shocking them both. Will their marriage of convenience hold just as many surprises?

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CrossReads Short Takes: This Time with Love & Big Sky Bachelor

CrossReads Short Takes: This Time with Love & Big Sky Bachelor

CrossReads Short Takes

This Time with Love

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

This Time with Love

Six years ago, a new found faith changed Anastacia Stapleton’s perspective on her life and relationship. When the man she is living with refuses to consider marriage, she knows she has to end things with him. Realizing that she can’t continue to live the way she has in the past, Ana runs away from LA and its temptations to the one place her boyfriend had said he’d never go. Minneapolis, Minnesota. As Ana Stapleton becomes Staci Moore, she feels secure in the life she has created for herself and the child she hadn’t realized she carried when she left LA.

Eric McKinley had abandoned the faith of his childhood when he was still in his teens, but after enduring a life-changing trauma, he finds himself once again turning to God. This change of heart prompts him to return to the family he’d become estranged from years ago. Though he thought he had put Ana Stapleton and his feelings for her firmly in his past, Eric realizes nothing could be further from the truth when he runs into her at a singles retreat over the New Year.

Coming face to face with Eric and the emotions of their past relationship has Staci contemplating another disappearance—hopefully before he learns of the child she never told him about. Six years and many counseling sessions later, Staci knows that what she and Eric shared in the past had been anything but healthy. Even as she tries to resist his presence in her life, her heart is drawn to him once again. She can see the changes in Eric, but Staci is scared of reverting back into the person she’d been when they had been together.

As Eric learns about the depth of pain Staci endured as a result of their relationship, he tries to make things right, but will it be enough to help her trust him again? Or will his role in her life never go beyond father to the child they share together?

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Big Sky Bachelor

by Leslie Ann McDaniel

Big Sky Bachelor

JANESSA GREENE IS LEAVING THORNTON SPRINGS 

All she’s ever wanted is to attend cooking school in Seattle. But when a big-shot rodeo rider comes to work on her family’s Montana ranch, Janessa’s determined not to let the cowboy distract her from her goal—no matter how charming he is.

Micah was a rodeo star, but he’s been trampled by one bull too many. While he’s deciding his next move, he gets sidetracked by a pretty cowgirl who’s headed out of town. Can Micah convince her to take a chance on a cowboy ready to put down roots?

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Pinterest Fail Christianity

Pinterest Fail Christianity

by Sherry Chamblee

Lately I’ve found a few recipes that I think will be great for Easter. One is this carrot patch brownie recipe where you make the brownies, then dip strawberries in orange-colored frosting and line them on the brownie so it looks like a carrot patch.  It looks beautiful and wonderful and like a picture. You know – the sort of thing that makes everyone want to go out and buy all the ingredients right now just to try it.

Yeah. Well, then we try it and it looks nothing like the picture. We’ve all had those Pinterest fail moments, right? Those don’t get shared on our social media pages all that often though. We just act like they never happened. We only take a picture of that time those brownies turned out well, ignoring the time before when you accidentally added too much baking soda to the recipe and the batter exploded all over the inside of the oven.

No one ever takes pictures of when the noodles were soggy, the soup was lumpy, the vegetables didn’t glaze, and the spare ribs burned. No one shows the blackened sides of a grilled cheese from when they forgot to turn it over because they were trying to get their kids to clean their room instead of watching what they had cooking on the stove. Not that I’ve ever done that.

Look, our lives are messy. Just accept it. Because if you’re pretending that everyone else’s life is perfect and that YOU have to live up to that perfection as well, you’re allowing yourself to be set up for failure and disappointment. Accept that there will be messes that happen. It doesn’t mean you have to live IN the mess all the time, just realize that the mess will be there.

God doesn’t expect us to be perfection. He said He’s the only One Who is perfect, after all. We strive to do better not to make ourselves look good to Him, but because we have a Good Father, and we want to be just like Him when we ‘grow up.’

God’s not judging you based on the Pinterest moments anyway. He’s already well aware of all the other things in your life. You’re not surprising Him or anything.

Don’t go around wishing you had that picture-perfect moment all the time, because you’re going to miss out on the candid shots that maybe aren’t as clean, but are just as awesome.

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: Wisdom to Know

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Wisdom to Know

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Wisdom to Know

(Grant Us Grace Book 1)

by Elizabeth Maddrey

Wisdom to Know

Is there sin that love can’t cover?

Lydia Brown has taken just about every wrong turn she could find. When an abortion leaves her overwhelmed by guilt, she turns to drugs to escape her pain. After a single car accident lands her in the hospital facing DUI charges, Lydia is forced to reevaluate her choices.

Kevin McGregor has been biding his time since high school when he heard God tell him that Lydia Brown was the woman he would marry. In the aftermath of Lydia’s accident, Kevin must come to grips with the truth about her secret life.

While Kevin works to convince himself and God that loving Lydia is a mistake, Lydia struggles to accept the feelings she has for Kevin, though she fears her sin may be too much for anyone to forgive.

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CrossReads Short Takes: The Remarkable Soul of a Woman & Heavenly Peace

CrossReads Short Takes: The Remarkable Soul of a Woman & Heavenly Peace

CrossReads Short Takes

The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

by Dieter F. Uchdorf

The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

If you are feeling overwhelmed with change, challenges, or checklists, you may wonder how you can partake now of God’s happiness and find your pathway to peace, hope, and joy.

With loving insight, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addresses two attributes that contribute to our Heavenly Father’s perfect happiness – the power of creation and service with compassion. As a treasured daughter of our Heavenly Father, you can develop those remarkable abilities as well as find happiness in the journey.

By listening to the Spirit, you can come to realize that creating is not just done with paint, pen, or pottery, and compassionate service is more than a casserole or a card. As you bring something into existence that has never been before and as you serve others – even in small ways – you cannot help but participate in the wonder that is God’s joy.

In The Remarkable Soul of a Woman, President Uchtdorf’s timely thoughts on creating and being compassionate will buoy you up, give you strength, and help you realize what a great power for good you truly are.

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Heavenly Peace

by Leslie Ann McDaniel

Heavenly Peace

Christmas is just around the corner, but Valerie Seldon is too stressed to enjoy it.

As a widowed mom to a four-year-old boy, Valerie can’t keep up. Between providing for her son and her aging father, plus worrying about the mounting bills and the potential loss of her apartment, there’s no room to even think about Christmas. But when her son convinces her to pick a tag off a Giving Tree, a request for a miracle might be just what she needs to restore her joy.

Jake Barnett loves his job at Impact Ministries, but his long hours have turned him into a social recluse. It’s been so long since he’s been interested in anybody that he doesn’t even know what qualities to look for anymore. But when a beautiful woman walks into the coffee place where his Giving Tree is located, he can tell there’s something special about her. Could the tag her son picks off the tree be the key that opens the door to his heart?

Holiday Hearts…seasons of love.

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Troubled Times in Today’s World

Troubled Times in Today’s World

by BJ Robinson

… 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. 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. Peter 3-13 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 

Troubled times in today’s world might make one long for the simple times of Henry David Thoreau when he lived on Walden Pond, but God promises a new heaven and earth that will be even better than Walden Pond, one with no sickness, no pain, and no death. He tells us not to let our hearts be troubled, to trust in Him.

The Bible says we will have trouble, and God warns us of this through His Word. Life will not always be easy. We must endure sickness and death this side of heaven and lose loved ones who are finished with their temporary earthly home and who have been called to their heavenly home. Take heart and trust God and His Word, believe, and you will see them again.

Losing our loved ones and letting them go is one of the hardest things we must bear, but God will send His Comforter to help us. We have hope. Mom used to say as long as there is life, there is hope. Even after death, Christians have hope because we can look forward to the day we will be reunited and see our loved ones again.

I often hear people say, “We’re getting up there in age and . . .” Death does not care how old you are. It comes for the young as well as the elderly, so no matter our age, none of us know how long we have left. Death is no respecter of age. Young people need to be as prepared as the elderly. So many young lives are lost these days unexpectedly, leaving loved ones in shock. I pray that my children and grandchildren all know the good Lord and have a personal relationship with Him.

Sometimes people think about what they can leave behind to comfort their family. One thing is letting them know you’re saved and have that relationship with God before death comes knocking on your door. Personally, I believe that is the most comforting gift you can give your loved ones upon your departure from this temporary shell of a home. God bless. Let Jesus be your best friend and trust Him. When you need help, ask God in prayer. Prayer works.

I lost my youngest sister and mother six years apart, and it was such a comfort for me knowing they were with Jesus.

Dear God, Please touch the hearts of the young and elderly alike that they may know You and have a personal relationship with you while still living in their earthly home so that they may one day live with You in their heavenly one, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson writes Amazon best-selling historical romance and romantic suspense and enjoys writing in various genres. There are numerous selections readers may choose from among romantic suspense, historical romance, mystery, and sweet contemporary romance. Robinson is an avid reader and passionate writer whose hope is to entertain her readers by taking them on a continuous journey to other worlds while reminding them of the beautiful one yet to come. If you would like to explore the various genres she’s written, please check out her Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1458731934&sr=1-2-ent