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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