Sunday, July 29, 2012


Peace sign: Peace to all who enter
by Janet Chester Bly
Copyright 2008

In that day the wolf and the lamb will lie down together, and the leopard and goats will be at peace. Calves and fat cattle will be safe among lions, and a little child shall lead them all. Isaiah 11:6

That's a startling, true picture of what heaven will be like. The New Earth that God has planned for all His children. I can hardly wait.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Author Stephen Bly with horse Sundance
Stephen Bly with Sundance
Stephen Bly

I never laid any claim to being a roper, although I do enjoy tossing a loop now and then. One thing you learn right away. . .there are different types of throws to lasso a critter. One of the slickest is what old timers call the houlihan. Most often used when the cowboy worked from the ground, it was a favorite throw on cattle drives for roping the next horse out of the remuda. A quick, accurate throw that doesn’t spook the other horses because they’ll be the next in line to be caught.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

INESCAPABLE, romantic suspense novel by Nancy Mehl

Author Nancy Mehl
Set Against the Backdrop of a Small Mennonite Town . . .
from the Road To Kingdom Series

Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, her family, and her faith with plans never to return. Five years later, Lizzie finds she'll have to run again. False accusations at her job, a stalker, and a string of anonymous threatening letters have left her with no other options. This time, however, her escape is back to Kingdom, her hometown.

Thursday, July 05, 2012


Author Stephen Bly
Stephen Bly
by Stephen Bly

The man with the cowboy hat is holding a thesaurus and a dictionary and he tells his friend, "I've got all the words I need for my western. Now I've got to put them in the right order."

So, you want to be a writer? That's a noble goal, it's true. Jist like big time wrestlin', the urge comes over you, to pen that one immortal line before your life is through and find your name in micro-print in America's Who's Who.

So, you want to be a writer? Well, pardner, shake my hand. I hope your journey's short and swift to that published Promised Land, where reviews flow in from coast to coast with accolades so grand. And among them literary giants, you're asked to take your stand.

Manual Underwood Typewriter
So, you want to be a writer? Well, it don't sound all that tough. I hope you find the contracts big and loaded down with fluff. And editors a beggin' you to send them some more stuff, while your banker's holdin' up his hands, cryin', "Hold it! That's enough!"

So, you want to be a writer? I know jist how you feel. It holds a certain status and a glamorous appeal. I've been there once or twice myself. That hunger's kind of real. 'Til one day you wake up and find, it ain't that big a deal.
(from "So, You Want To Be A Writer?" copyright©1997)

Here's seven quick tips that might help you kick that barrel down the trail. 

Monday, July 02, 2012

THE DOCTOR'S DEVOTION, a novel by Cheryl Wyatt

The Doctor's Devotion, novel by Cheryl Wyatt
The Doctor's Devotion
Eagle Point Emergency Series: 
Saving lives—and losing their hearts—in a small Illinois town.

When he fled Eagle Point years ago, former air force trauma surgeon Mitch Wellington left only broken dreams behind. Now he’s back with a new dream—opening a trauma center in the rural area and saving lives. He hopes to hire the quick-thinking nurse who impressed him during an emergency. But Lauren Bates lost her faith and doesn’t believe she deserves to help anyone. Mitch knows firsthand what loss feels like. And it’ll take all his devotion to show Lauren that sometimes the best medicine is a combination of faith, community—and love.