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Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did your inspiration spark from?
There were two sparks for Crazy Little Thing Called Love: the first was the whole idea of young love and a couple eloping. I know people who were high school sweethearts and got married, and their marriages are still going strong. The second was the realization that we’ve all made mistakes and wishing we could undo those mistakes.
How long did your book take you to write?
I use The Book Buddy, a work-text developed by author Susan May Warren, and take about two weeks to develop my characters, my plot, and my spiritual thread. Then I take a month to fast draft the story before I rewrite it. All told, the process for the initial draft I sent to my editor took about 10 weeks.
How long was the editing/publishing process?
From start to finish – which includes my first draft, second edits, copy edits, and galley edits – one year.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
There’s so much I could sa…

Review:A Heart's Promise

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"A Heart's Promise" written by Colleen Coble is book five of a Christian romantic suspense series. The year is 1866, Wyoming Territory. May the reader be reminded of booklet four. Emmie Croftner's deceased husband was a bigamist and Emmie has a secret. Rand Campbell knows her secret, would he tell Isaac Liddle? Is Emmie going to continue living in the past or will she love a man again? After being abused by a husband, and pregnant how should she respond? Are men just full of exuberance and flattery, or can they be trusted? Emmie wonders if God really cares or is He a powerful being looking down on mere mortals with distant interest? Is He actually concerned with the small day-to-day heartbreaks of an ordinary person? Can we actually turn over our whole matters to the God of the universe? This six month series ends in August. If you, the reader, like this series may I suggest author Tracie Peterson. Her books are great for and reader who likes Christian romance with a…

Review: Tattered and Mended

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"Tattered and Mended"  is a non-fiction book for the man or woman with a wounded soul. "The reader is the object of God's eye", says author Cynthia Ruchti. If we allow Him, God will bring us from `tattered to mended.` Jesus did not respond with accusation but with the heart of a servant.
                Cynthia later says, "Maybe we are asked  to be dark stitches among the light." (p. 23) Much of the book eluded me, even though we each have a mending place. I would give this book 4*, as I do recommend it to the reader who is tattered and torn and is looking for some answers. Because, as the author states in chapter ten, Only the eye of creativity sees brokenness as pre-art.
                  If God created a lineage for Jesus from a harlot, He can change anyone's circumstances. "Faith tells us God sees the art that isn't yet born in us." (p. 156)
                  The author ends the book with several suggestions on things the reade…

Review: Real Food for Rookies

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Real Food for Rookies (Buy Here)

             My introduction to `Real Food for Rookies` was one of scepticism.
I thought this was going to be another cookbook on how to throw out all your processed foods, and start afresh. Instead, author Kelly Moeggenborg (affectionately known as `Kelly the Kitchen Kop`) gently guides you through the transitioning part, and admits she still doesn't have it all figured out.               This is my first time reviewing a cookbook, so I met it with apprehension. Blogging 101 was quite helpful, (Thanks, Blogging 101). I was attracted to the book because of the bright, catchy cover and the fact it states "Real Food." When it comes to cooking I am not a rookie. However, when it comes to cooking with real food, and not artifical, I am considered a rookie.
Kelly the Kitchen Kop                There are two sections in the book. Section one helps the cook transition from processed to real food. Giving the reader quick facts and references. Sess…

Review:Miss Brenda and The Loveladies

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`Miss Brenda and the Loveladies`  is co-authored by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell. A non-fiction book about how Brenda rehabilitated seven hard-core women through the love of Jesus.
                Although unobtrusive there are words I would have left unsaid. Just my opinion. However, a favorite quote from the book, by Martin Luther King Jr, is "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
                Brenda does go into detail about prison life (chapter seven). As I read the novel I would stop and pray for the inmates. Some think inmates have it easy and are wasting taxpayer dollars. A lot of inmates, I believe, are people who have never had a chance, and definitely not a second chance at life. In the book Brenda has a few of the `Loveladies` share their testimony. Sharing a little of their background, and where they are today. This book has lots of emotion.
               I would like to see more people with means help other inmates…

Take it to the Beach Giveaway

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click >>>>>Take it to the beach  giveaway
Will the promise Emmie makes to her friend mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac? Find out in book five, A Heart's Promise, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie’s heart and hand. Can she live happily without Isaac?
Take a day off and head to the beach with a new giveaway from Colleen: five books (books one–five in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and a beach bag to tote your new books in!

One grand prize winner will receive:
-- A copy of A Heart's Promise

-- A Lands' End beach tote

-- A copy of A Heart's Betrayal

-- A copy of A Heart's Danger

-- A copy of A Heart's Disguise

-- A copy of A Heart's Obsession

Enter today by clicking above. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced August 3rd on Colleen's website.

Giveaway open to US …

A Day in the Life of Cynthia Ruchti

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Starting the day with strong tea!
 Cynthia is celebrating her latest release, Tattered and Mended,with a Reclaimed Treasures giveaway. How can the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live be mended and healed? Cynthia walks readers through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. Click here for more details!
Brainstorming in the fresh air


{More About Cynthia Ruchti} Cynthia Ruchti tells stories “hemmed in hope.” She’s the award-winning author of sixteen books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.
Find out more about Cynthia at http://www.cynthiaruchti.com.
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Author Melissa Jagears

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What was the hardest part about writing your novel: Getting started? Keeping it going? Finding the perfect ending? The answer would be . . . writing with a newborn. I was literally plotting this story in the hospital with him and had to turn it in when he was 10 months old . . . and then doing a massive rewrite when he was 14 months old. (I had not planned on having a baby after signing the contract for the series, but you gotta do what you gotta do.) Other than that, it was getting the romantic relationship right, but that’s always one of the hardest parts for me. What trait do you love most about your main character? That he’s determined to be a better person, even if it denies him what he wants. When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story? That they should trust in God and His promises and not in themselves. Visit Litfuse to read more about Melissa Jagears and her new book `A Bride at Last` Don’t miss the chance to win a $100 Memory-Making giveaway…

10 Signs You're in Love

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First seen on Bethany House website


Take The Plunge*

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There's still time to participate in the 2015 Summer Challenge!

Sign up for the challenge at www.whitsend.org/summer for access to weekly verses to memorize, ideas for family fun and suggestions for service projects that allow a family to share their faith.

Additionally, anyone who signs up to participate in the Take the Plunge challenge will receive a free scene from the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, as well as a free story from the book Strange Journey Back.

The Take the Plunge challenge features:

Master Mind Monday - commit God's Word to memory  Ways to Play Wednesday - spend active time with your family  Faith Sharing Friday - share God's love with others
The Take the Plunge challenge helps families memorize at least five verses, engage in five activities together and share their faith with five people before the school doors swing open again.
Those who sign up will receive a plan with suggested verses to memorize, activity ideas (such as visiting a war memorial) and…

Get to Know Laurie Coombs

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In 2010, Laurie Coombs was called to love and forgive the man who murdered her father, which led to an exchange of letters between she and Anthony, her father’s murderer. During their correspondence, Laurie was healed from her past wounds, was given grace to forgive Anthony, and witnessed a powerful transformation in Anthony as Jesus brought him to repentance. Read the full story in Letters from My Father’s Murderer. And make sure to enter her Kindle Fire giveaway! Click here to learn more and enter.


{More About Laurie Coombs} Laurie A. Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope that is found in Jesus. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s new film, “Heaven.” She is a featured writer and blogger for iBelieve and Crosswalk. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their two daughters.
Find out more about Laurie at http://lauriecoombs.org.
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Everybody Needs A Little Hope!!

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Ten Recently Acquired Books

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This week's Top Ten was inspired by The Broke and The Bookish. Question: What are the last (10) books you received? If you didn't receive that many, what were your latest book(s)?
Flash Rachel Anne Ridge
No Fear in Love Andy Braner
Refining Fire Tracie Peterson
A Friend in Me Pamela Havey Lau
A Heart's Betrayal Colleen Coble
Tattered and Mended Cynthia Ruchti
When Grace Sings Kim Vogel Sawyer
A Trip Around the Sun Mark Batterson
Praying Upside Down Kelly O'Dell Stanley
The Proposal at Siesta Key Shelley Shepard Gray




Counting On a Cowboy (Debra Clopton)

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After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk.
Running from the past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she’s brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.
Bo Monahan isn’t interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become—or the women who might be looking at him like he’s their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn’t looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.
This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can’t help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby …

Review: Refining Fire

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`Refining Fire` is a Historical Fiction book from Seattle Washington Territory, 1889. It is the second novel of the `Brides of Seattle` series.
                 Author Tracie Peterson starts this novel in true Tracie Petterson style, with a bit of suspense and lots of faith in God. I haven't read the first of the series but found this novel is complete in and of itself.
                 I could relate to the character Josephine. Who is tall, with a homely face and mortified at the thought of public speaking. There were unfamiliar words, as well as a few grammatical errors. But, neither one ruined the novel. As for the unfamiliar words, it's good to keep a dictionary close by...maybe even a thesaurus.
                 Tracie does deal with abuse in this novel. However, she uses scripture to help guide the innocent. I found this comforting, because there wasn't much said about abuse and when there was it brought healing to my own soul. The author speaks of why the reader sho…

Author Interview: Cynthia Ruchti

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Author of Tattered and Mended


For anyone who has been battered and bruised by the storms of life, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti has penned her new book, Tattered and Mended: the Art of Healing the Wounded Soul (Abingdon Press/July 7, 2015/ISBN: 978-1426787690 / $15.99). We all have moments when we feel shattered, wounded and needing to piece together the broken pieces of our hearts and lives.
Q: For whom did you write your new book, Tattered and Mended?
 Tattered and Mended was written for all who have been broken and shattered, either by life’s circumstances or at the hand of others, and have lost hope that they could ever claw their way back to wholeness. It’s for those who believe the best they can hope for is simply to be patched together. Yet the truth is God takes the tattered and shattered and makes art of those shards, those frayed threads. 
Q: You say when you sat down to write Tattered and Mended one premise filled your heart. Can you share with us what it was? 
People a…

Author Interview: Cynthia Ruchti

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For anyone who has been battered and bruised by the storms of life, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti has penned her new book, Tattered and Mended: the Art of Healing the Wounded Soul (Abingdon Press/July 7, 2015/ISBN: 978-1426787690 / $15.99). We all have moments when we feel shattered, wounded and needing to piece together the broken pieces of our hearts and lives.
Q: For whom did you write your new book, Tattered and Mended?
Tattered and Mended was written for all who have been broken and shattered, either by life’s circumstances or at the hand of others, and have lost hope that they could ever claw their way back to wholeness. It’s for those who believe the best they can hope for is simply to be patched together. Yet the truth is God takes the tattered and shattered and makes art of those shards, those frayed threads.
Q: You say when you sat down to write Tattered and Mended one premise filled your heart. Can you share with us what it was?
People are tattered. The world says, “…

Press Release: Tattered and Mended

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God doesn’t just create something beautiful from broken pieces. He makes art. Author Cynthia Ruchti pens a new book that is “hemmed in hope” for hurting readers.
Seattle: For anyone who has been battered and bruised by the storms of life, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti has penned her new book, Tattered and Mended: the Art of Healing the Wounded Soul (Abingdon Press/July 7, 2015/ISBN: 978-1426787690 / $15.99). 
We all have moments when we feel shattered, wounded and needing to piece together the broken pieces of our hearts and lives. The idea for the book came to Ruchti one day as she sat at her desk with her fingers resting on the worn keys of her computer keyboard. She typed a three-line premise that she says seemed to come not from her mind, but the deep end of her soul: People are tattered. Some say, “Then let’s make tattered fashionable.” But God invites us to mend. Ruchti says the concept lingered with her as she thought about the people in today’s culture who have given up o…

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