Monday, May 31, 2010


Cheryl Wyatt


Rescuing people is his job…But the one person pararescue jumper Chance Garrison can't seem to help is his own ailing father, who refuses his much-needed physical rehabilitation. That is, until Chance hires unconventional occupational therapist Chloe Callet. To his surprise, Chloe and her sweet black Lab, Midnight, work wonders. And not only on the elder Garrison. Chance just may have met the woman who can get through his own toughened exterior. Can he persuade the lovely Chloe to take a chance—on him?


About Cheryl Wyatt:

Not even Cheryl Wyatt’s closest friends would dream this sweet, shy intercessor plots mayhem during announcements at church. She is a Registered Nurse-turned-stay-home-mom, wife, and writer who loves Jesus.

Cheryl loves to laugh and to make others laugh so she often plans comedic moments for her defenseless characters in spite of their grumbling. She says it’s payback for when they refuse to obey the plots she’s set out before them.

Born Valentines Day on a naval base, Cheryl Wyatt writes military romance. Her Steeple Hill debuts earned RT Top Picks plus #1 and #4 on eHarlequin's Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books, lists including NYT Bestsellers. Her books have won a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for the Best Series Love Inspired in 2009 and garnered a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final. 

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

CREEDE OF OLD MONTANA. . .a review by Trinity Rose

No one knew how Avery John Creede got the scar on his face.
From the back cover:
Creede of Old Montana follows the exploits and heartbreaks of Avery John Creede, an ex-cavalry soldier, as he tramps along the upper Missouri River in search of four Army pals who didn’t show up for a scheduled reunion.

In Fort Benton, Avery Creede inadvertently stops a bank robbery. With that action, all hope of sitting on the sidelines and watching the world go by fades away. Suddenly, he finds himself in the middle of one conflict after another. And through it all, he makes some discoveries about himself.

Throughout Creede’s confrontations and adventures, three things remain constant: his courage, his rock-solid faith, and his wounded heart. He knows the first two will never change. And at forty-two, he’s not sure the third ever will either.

My Review:
I have never read a book written by Stephen Bly that I didn’t love and “Creede of Old Montana” is the best one ever. This book will have you laughing, crying, holding your breath and just having a great time. As soon as Avery John Creede comes into the story there is one conflict after another. He stops a bank robbery, a beautiful girl Sunny tries to kill him. Then he finds out his nephew has grown up and is now 16. Avery Creede’s love of his life Carla shows up. Also the Rinkman gang is after him and Sunny. All of this happens while John is trying to find his 4 Army buddies. Creede has a strong faith and tries to do the will of the Lord. He is a person who lives his faith and also is willing to share it with any one he comes across.

One scene in the book made tears come to my eyes and that doesn’t happen often. It was so touching and full of emotion. Sad, but very beautiful.

“Creede of Old Montana” is funny, inspiring, full of love, has many battles and fights, but also has sad, touching moments. So if you love Westerns this is a book you must have. Even if you don’t like them you will love this book.

I HIGHLY recommend “Creede of Old Montana.”
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Thursday, May 27, 2010


Stephen Bly
Copyright 1993,2007

Years ago I officiated at a funeral for Bob Blevins, a life-long cattleman. He was born down the road from his ranch, attended school in a building that no longer exists, married a gal from across the canyon. Except for three years during the war, he never left his hometown area.

About two hundred folks drove down the dirt road to the cemetary, then up the mountain and parked in a cow pasture. We had to hike up to the gravesite. A typical cowboy funeral, most of the men and half the ladies wore boots, hats, bandannas. I heard more than one pair of jingling spurs. Bob’s wife displayed a pretty bouquet of flowers in one of his old boots. Gretel, his cow dog, searched through the crowd for her master.  And Spade stood at the gate, saddled up, but with no rider.

In the old days an empty saddle meant a danger signal. A horse showing up at the headquarters like that warned of a rider who had met with harm.  He could be on foot in treacherous ground or injured. . .or dead.

There’s other empty places to pay attention to--voids and vacancies that indicate something’s wrong. Like an empty chair at the dinner table. . .or an empty pew. The world’s filled with diversions and disasters. . .and dying.  A horse with an empty saddle rallied the ranch to head out and rescue a stranded compadre.  Jesus had the same habit of leaving everything to go find some lost sheep.

Empty saddles can mean there's someone to mourn or some soul to find. Is a spiritual posse needed where you live, to go search for a missing rider?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SHADES OF MORNING by Marlo Schalesky

By Marlo Schalesky
Published by Waterbrook-Multnomah Publishers
Shades of Morning is Marlo’s third “Love Story with a Twist” (think a Nicolas Sparks type love story with an M. Night Shyamalan type twist!).

Marnie doesn’t know much about miracles. Mistakes maybe. Accidents, too. And monstrous mess-ups. She knows a lot about those. But miracles? Those are for other people. But in Shades of Morning (Multnomah Books, on shelves June 15, 2010), Marnie is about to discover that God can turn a past full of regrets into a beautiful future.

Summary: Marnie Wittier has life just where she wants it. Quiet. Peaceful. No drama. A long way away from her past. In the privacy of her home, she fills a box with slips of paper, scribbled with her regrets, sins, and sorrows. But that’s nobody else’s business. Her bookstore/coffee shop patrons, her employees, her friends from church—they all think she’s the very model of compassion and kindness. Then Marnie’s past creeps into her present when her estranged sister dies and makes Marnie guardian of her fifteen-year-old son—a boy Marnie never knew existed.

And when Emmit arrives, she discovers he has Down syndrome—and that she’s woefully unprepared to care for him. What’s worse, she has to deal with Taylor Cole, her sister’s attorney, a man Marnie once loved—and abandoned. As Emmit (and Taylor) work their way into her heart, Marnie begins to heal. But when pieces of her dismal past surface again, she must at last face the scripts of paper in her box, all the regrets and sorrows. Can she do it? Or will she run again?

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Janet Chester Bly


Maybe you’re over-committed, over-extended.

Say ‘no’ to something or someone. Discern what can be ignored, sidelined. Look for the nearest exit sign.

Resign from something—a committee, a board, a panel. Refuse to be pressured into taking on a duty you know is not for you. Like my husband is fond of saying, “If you’re sitting on a dead horse. . .get off.”

The Wish List“Walk out of a dull, pointless meeting—just get up and walk out” (Barbara Ann Kipfer, The Wish List).

Or refuse your own personal demands.

Does something hold you in its grip? It’s never enough, never satisfies, never brings deep, lasting peace, yet you feel compelled under a kind of addictive control? Anyone tempt you to lie and deceive? To do something behind closed doors, away from responsible, accountable persons? Anything that impairs your judgment? Hardens your conscience? Wounds your credibility? Keeps you at a distance from God?

“Say ‘no’ whenever you gracefully can. In doing so, you are saying ‘yes’ to those you love most” (Liz Curtis Higgs).

Perfect peace primes the heart and mind to tell yourself “No!” When you tend to eat too much, exercise too little. When you put off housework until it’s beyond hodgepodge. When you expect to get more done than is possible. When you ease the stress with unwise, unhealthy, even forbidden choices…as a sort of reward…because you work so hard.

Avoid the tendency to overdo. When your ‘to-do list’ seems a joke because you never complete it. Then stop making such a long one. Do only 3 most important actions today. Eliminate iffy urgency items. Remember: you don’t have to do everything now.

You can manage your restless search for meaning, purpose, and personal peace with a few simple steps.

“We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life” (Titus 2:12 MSG).

Get the full article, “31 Days to Win The Fight For Personal Peace,” as a free download at

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Almost Forever
by Deborah Raney
A Hanover Falls Novel
from Howard/Simon & Schuster

Unearthing a lost memory may cause her to lose everything she holds dear. but could it also set her free?

Volunteer Bryn Hennesey was there at the Grove Street Homeless Shelter the night five heroic firefighters died at the scene. Among them was her husband, Adam.

Now a terrifying absence of memory has her wondering if she might, in some way, be responsible. Garrett Edmonds' wife, Molly, was the only female firefighter to perish in the blaze. He was supposed to protect the woman he loved. Now she's the one who's died a hero. How can he go on in the face of such unbearable loss? And what started the fire that destroyed the dreams and futures of so many? Investigators are stumped. But someone knows the answer...

Sunday, May 09, 2010


Stephen Bly

Just like most humans, my horse, Sundance, didn’t like shots. She got real nervous when she spied that little syringe. Even though she might be tied to a post, she had no intention of standing still and letting me or anyone else stick that needle in her rump. Often a neighbor helped me ‘ear her down’ while I applied the shot.
To ear down a horse, you use pressure to pull its ears straight down. If she tries to pull her head up, it hurts, so she stands still to avoid the pain. That’s the time to apply the needle. She’s so focused on what’s happening at one end, she forgets to bother with the other. Some owners clinch a tip of the ear in their teeth—that really gets their attention. Others twitch or twist the tongue, all for the same purpose: keep the horse’s mind occupied while doing the dreaded task for their own good.

Satan does something similar. He likes to get us all het up over one thing, while he slips in by another route and gives us a kick or two. The Bible says his purpose is “to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). But the evil one’s way too smart to show up at the front door and announce that fact. The big, bad wolf of nursery rhyme fame huffs and puffs with direct threats. But not old ugly. He’ll get us stewing about how unfair life is, whose done us wrong, tie us up with financial worries, then attack our health, our marriage, or our friendships. Or vice-versa. Sometimes we get so caught up with a single negative issue that we neglect the very spiritual disciplines that can focus us to do something positive or to think creative and constructive.
God can ear us down too, to get our attention, to apply holy serum into our sin-sick lives. . .if we let him. “God disciples us for our good, that we may share in his holiness” (Hebrews 12:10). The trick is to pay attention to your ‘ear down’ moments and learn to recognize the difference between the dastardly diversions of the thief and the loving test of the heavenly father. For a great and positive purpose.

Watch for a soon to be announced fun contest for winning a copy of my June 1st release: Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon.

Friday, May 07, 2010



Take on this challenge: refuse to say a negative or critical word for one whole entire day. Not one judgment call. Nary a single complaint.

How hard is it for you?
What do you learn about yourself?
If you mess up, try again until you get it right.

My friends tell me I'm a gracious person, that I rarely say a disparaging word. And I almost believe them. Until I take on a test like this and notice how often I have to check my tongue and edit my mind.

Sure, you don't want to live like this all the time. It's unrealistic. Maybe not smart. After all, discernment's needed in this sin-sick, war-torn world. But inner peace rules when you can release your negatives to God. If you can do it for a day, you deserve a blue ribbon!

"Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you" (2 Corinthians 13:11).

Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Introducing to you…
Gina Holmes’ debut novel:  
Release: May 1st, 2010

Gina says, “This novel has been ten years in the making.”

More about the book from Gina:

"Before Tyndale contracted this book, I had written four others that collect dust. While I was writing and getting rejected I started up Novel Journey as a way to give back, promoting other authors while working toward my turn."

Crossing Oceans
is getting amazing reviews and early feedback and it is the story of the author's heart. 

Book Summary:
Nothing deepens a stream like a good rain . . . or makes it harder to cross. Jenny Lucas swore she’d never go home again. But life has a way of upending even the best-laid plans. Now, years after she left, she and her five-year-old daughter must return to her sleepy North Carolina town to face the ghosts she left behind. They welcome her in the form of her oxygen tank-toting grandmother, her stoic and distant father, and David, Isabella’s dad . . . who doesn’t yet know he has a daughter.

As Jenny navigates the rough and unknown waters of her new reality, the unforgettable story that unfolds is a testament to the power of love to change everything—to heal old hurts, to bring new beginnings . . . even to overcome the impossible.

Sunday, May 02, 2010


 & Janet at Winchester Community Church
Spending winter in a line shack did not rate popular in an old time cowboy’s yearly list.  It was a cold, lonely, harsh occupation.  Before fences dissected the western range land, one-room cabins dotted every few miles of range land, a cowhand’s winter station.  The lone post rode out to check the cattle, to make sure they didn’t drift over the mountain or across a frozen stream or through a canyon to another rancher’s grazing land.

Horses seem to have enough sense to seek shelter in a storm.  But not cattle.  They tend to drift.  They wander during winter gales.  That makes a cowboy’s chores full of discomfort and sometimes danger.

There’s spiritual drifters too.  Jesus said most all of us look like “sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:34).  That’s why we need overseers.  We need to be taught and cared about, so we don’t just drift through life and wind up in some dark pit or dead end.  That’s what church is supposed to be all about—a fellowship that looks after one another.  We need the active involvement—to stay between the lines of self-discipline, practicing love and learning truth--to make it harder to slip into treacherous territory.

The faithful, fruitful members of a church remind me of line-shack cowboys, trying to keep us all from wandering off and getting hurt.

Saturday, May 01, 2010


CHECK OUT THE LIST BELOW...for some of your favorite authors new books...and discover some new ones to try!

The Christy Advisory Board has announced nominees in nine categories for the 2010 Christy Awards, honoring the best in Christian fiction.
The 2010 Christy Award nominees:

Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills • Tyndale House Publishers
How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler • Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group
Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus • Barbour Publishing
Who Do I Talk To? by Neta Jackson • Thomas Nelson
The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall • WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth • Zondervan
June Bug by Chris Fabry • Tyndale House Publishers
The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson • Thomas Nelson
Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle • Tyndale House Publishers