CrossReads Short Takes: Sandwich, With a Side of Romance & Nickels

CrossReads Short Takes: Sandwich, With a Side of Romance & Nickels

CrossReads Short Takes

Sandwich, With a Side of Romance

by Krista Phillips

Sandwich, With a Side of Romance

Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner and Kyle, the eleven-year-old brother Maddie wants to spring out of foster care. Then she loses her new job after less than an hour on the clock. It’s all Reuben-the-Jerk’s fault, and she’s determined to make him right the wrong. He does so, reluctantly, by giving her a job at his restaurant, The Sandwich Shop. Then crazy things start happening at the restaurant, and Kyle’s foster parents apply to adopt him. To stop it all, Maddie must learn the art of humbling herself and accepting the help God has arranged, risking her heart to Reuben in the process. And she’d rather eat a million corned-beef on rye sandwiches than do that.

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Nickels

by Karen Baney

Nickels

Niki Turner has finally arrived. Her career is soaring—she has just been offered the company’s most sought after account, Helitronics. Life would be perfect, if she could stop her roommate from playing matchmaker.

Then Kyle Jacobs mysteriously re-enters her life. As painful memories resurface, his presence turns her life upside down and threatens to waylay her career. She must find a way to work with him—after all, he’s the helicopter flight consultant for the new flight control system she’s programming.

Kyle Jacobs struggles to find his place in the civilian world following a tragic accident in Afghanistan. He must learn to move beyond the guilt he feels. As he picks up the pieces of his life, he longs for a second chance with Niki, the girl he carried in his heart during the war.

Can Niki forget the past and see Kyle as the new man he has become? Or will her resentment keep her from finding what she has always been searching for?

This contemporary novel is an upbeat and compelling story set in the Phoenix Metro Area. Karen Baney shows a new side to her writing with great whit and banter between the main characters. Inspired by her love of romance and of computers, this story takes readers on a journey filled with laughter and tears.

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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

 

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

Don’t Forget to Pray For Your Loved Ones!

Don’t Forget to Pray For Your Loved Ones!

by Rebekah Beene

I noticed that she had a kind face. She painted my granddaughter’s fingernails with such gentleness and care. When she came over to talk with us I found out right off she was a Christ follower. She shared her testimony and my friend and I had a great conversation with her.
She told us her husband was Buddhist. She tried to talk to him about Jesus but he would not believe. So she began to pray and she asked all her Christian friends to pray for him. She came home one day and he was ecstatic! He said “Jesus visited me!” The visitation was amazing and when it was over he told his wife, “Jesus is REAL!” His life is now changed as well.

Oh beloved, Jesus wants to visit you. He will move heaven and earth on your behalf just to let you know He is real and what the Bible says about him is true! You can trust Jesus when everything else falls apart. Jesus is alive and well for you! You may know Him as Savior. But He has a refreshing for you. And you want a visitation from Him. Jesus is real! And He visits His own and changes their lives. Invite Him into your circumstances. Everything for life and godliness is in His hands. Everything you lack He provides. Everything others have done to you He heals. He will give you gifts as He visits you. The gift of forgiveness for all trespasses against you as well as those trespasses of your life. He will give you the oil of joy for all you are in mourning about – quite the amazing trade that you could not achieve on your own. As He gives you the garment of praise you will be released from the spirit of heaviness. He sets your feet to dancing as He pours His love into you so lavishly and generously. Condemnation, shame and fear have to flee at the entrance of your Savior’s love! His love is unprecedented – He loves you as you are and yet loves you into more visitations and more changes! He fills you with His Spirit so that you can live this life of faith – by faith in Him.

When God sent His Son to visit you your whole world changed! And He’s still in the life changing business. When you pray for the salvation, healing, deliverance and change for those you LOVE, His love changes them as well! His desire is to visit all people, and He delights in showing mercy to you and to the ones you are praying for!

God loves you and He’s for you – always, completely and faithfully! Rejoice and run to Him this morning and expect a wonderful visitation! This is the year of dropping all the things that hold you back and just enjoying His presence as you live in the Light of the World – Jesus!

Romans 5:6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. NIV

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

John 12:46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
Blessing in the City

Blessing in the City

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, blessed shalt thou be in the city. (Deuteronomy 28:2-3)

The city is full of care, and he who has to go there from day to day finds it to be a place of great wear and tear. It is full of noise, and stir, and bustle, and sore travail; many are its temptations, losses, and worries. But to go there with the divine blessing takes off the edge of its difficulty; to remain there with that blessing is to find pleasure in its duties and strength equal to its demands.

A blessing in the city may not make us great, but it will keep us good; it may not make us rich, but it will preserve us honest. Whether we are porters, or clerks, or managers, or merchants, or magistrates, the city will afford us opportunities for usefulness. It is good fishing where there are shoals of fish, and it is hopeful to work for our Lord amid the thronging crowds. We might prefer the quiet of a country life; but if called to town, we may certainly prefer it because there is room for our energies.

Today let us expect good things because of this promise, and let our care be to have an open ear to the voice of the Lord and a ready hand to execute His bidding. Obedience brings the blessing. “In keeping his commandments there is great reward.”

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