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Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Release - ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS EVE (Audio Book)

I'm really excited over the release of my first audio book. George Taylor of Narration by George verbalized the short story, and he's done a marvelous job even with the girl's voice.

Jillian is a fifteen-year-old drama queen trying to use everything in the book to get her way--her way being going to her class's Christmas party. When she gets grounded, the words she uses on her parents are just plain ugly.

Then comes Christmas Eve, the day of the party. She bounds downstairs to try again to convince her mother of her need to go to the school event, but her mom isn't there. Neither is her dad. In their place, a very tall man who tries to convince her he's her guardian angel. Yeah, right.

This one seems to be available only from Helping Hands Press so far--but don't despair. They're offering a thirty percent discount as a thank you to all the folks who have bought our books from wherever during the year. Want to know the discount code? It's a secret only known to a select few, but I'm sharing it with you: It's "THANKYOU." All one word, all in caps--but leave off the quotes.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Sermonette - Family (again)

I went to a funeral this week. One of my cousins. Now, that could sound a little more like an obligation than a privilege, but the cousins in my family were close. We spent nearly every holiday together when we were children. Over the years, our own expanding families and cross-country moves pulled many of us apart--both emotionally and physically--but we still stayed in touch, if less frequently.

Calls about births, marriages, and funerals still take place. This past week was no exception, beginning with the news about Gary. The phone rang several times a day. Facebook messages abounded. Texts too. Family calls are welcome—even needed—even when they wake you up at night. Sometimes tears are shared. Sometimes laughter over old memories. Sometimes just sharing travel and funeral information from one to the other.

When we meet, there are more tears. And hugs. Something I’ve learned about hugs—hug until the need is satisfied. It might be a brief cheek-touching. It might last several minutes until the crying is under control.

Hugs somehow release chemical reactions—don’t ask me how. It’s a mystery known only to God. The endorphins flow from heart to heart with comfort, encouragement, and peace.

Families and tight friendships are much the same. If you don’t have it now, go out and find it. There are others like you who need a friend or pseudo-family as much as you do.

How do you find it?

Churches are a great source. Volunteer organizations. (Never volunteered before? You have missed one of life’s greatest blessings.) Neighbors. Online groups. Twitter is okay, but I love Facebook. I’ve found old friends, lost relatives, and scads of new friends.
You don’t have to be alone unless you choose to.

The first time might be hard. After that, each time becomes easier.

Now—a word of caution. There are a few creeps “out there.” You might have already come across a few. Be oh-so-careful and wary until you know someone well. It could take some time to build up the trust.

Still—it’s doable. Go ahead. Take a chance. Find your family or make friends as close as brothers (or sisters). And may God grant you wisdom and a loving family and friends.
And may Jesus always be your best Friend and your beloved Next of Kin.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review - BULLETS, BLIZZARD, AND THE BABE by James J. Griffin

Volume Seven of the Christmases Past series is a rootin' tootin' Texas Ranger western, but also a lovely Christmas story.

Ranger Jim Blawcyzk and his horse Sam have been hot in pursuit of a bank robber, Jude Tobin, and the man's young cousin, Bobby. When the ranger has the pair trapped in a cabin, Tobin won't give himself up, instead choosing a firefight.

When Tobin tricks and severely wounds Jim, he and his cousin get away. It's up to Sam to revive his master and try to take him to the nearest settlement through a driving blue norther blizzard. When Jim falls off the horse into a snowdrift, it looks like he's a gonner.

However, a  young man and his pregnant wife find him and take him along with them on their own journey. You can find out all about it by spending a paltry 99 cents at Amazon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review - SOMETHING'S WRONG by Laurie Penner

Lyme Disease--one of the sneakiest, toughest, most devastating diseases the devil ever invented. Symptoms creep in all over the body from head to toe, and you might think you are going absolutely crazy.

Some of these crazy symptoms? Inability to focus. Forgetfulness. Lost memories. Aching joints. Extreme weakness. Heart palpitations. Vision and hearing problems. And negative lab tests that say nothing is haywire, but you know there is. Your insurance company refuses to pay for more tests.

Many people have given up the fight. Many more are misdiagnosed. Even if correctly diagnosed, sometimes the antibiotics you get don't work.

This book is about one woman's fight to find out what is really wrong and what to do about it. It might open your eyes, folks. Available on Amazon.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review - CHRISTMAS DISCOVERY by Linda Gilden

This is such a sweet story--it's definitely a great tale to finish up our 'Tis the Season in Sweetland series.
Soft-hearted Frankie can't stand the thought of anyone spending Christmas alone, so she invites a coworker who has no one to join her on her trip to Sweetland for the holidays. Her special friend, Veterinarian Gary Finders, is not all that impressed that she has brought a man with her.
Worse, Manuel Harmon is a face from Gary's past with some unpleasant memories attached. Manuel has a hidden agenda too--an agenda that involves revenge for a past event that changed his life for the worse.
Will the generous hospitality and the Christmas play be enough to heal old hurts? Find out by buying this short story from Amazon!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Morning Devo: Psalm 6

I ask your forgiveness for not being original today, but I'm against a deadline. But I didn't want to leave you without some encouragement for the week, so here it is, Psalms 6, NKJV. Picture David on his knees before God, pouring out his heart to the listening Lord. David had been anointed by the prophet Samuel as king of all Israel and Judea, but while God was forming him into king material, David was pursued by the present jealous King Saul.

O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,
Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is greatly troubled;
But You, O Lord—how long?
Return, O Lord, deliver me!
Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
For in death there is no remembrance of You;
In the grave who will give You thanks?
I am weary with my groaning;
All night I make my bed swim;
I drench my couch with my tears.
My eye wastes away because of grief;
It grows old because of all my enemies.
Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity;
For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication;
The Lord will receive my prayer.
10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled;
Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


It's been a rough year in the Mullens house. Jillian glumly announces to her dad that she doesn't want to celebrate Thanksgiving. It had been her mother's favorite holiday, but since she died earlier this year--well, it would just be too hard to celebrate. Besides, sixteen-year-old Jillian didn't know how to cook a turkey.

To her surprise, her dad, Jim, agrees. She thinks her normally upbeat father has lost his senses when he says he doesn't want to celebrate Thanksgiving either. All he wants to do is find somewhere that he doesn't have to face life any more. Worse--he and most of their camping gear turns up missing the next morning.

Jillian goes to her grandmother's house, and bad turns to worse. Jillian's best friend Sammie, who is her grandmother's foster kid, is talked into taking meth by her boyfriend. Next, Sammie grabs a knife and cuts her arm badly and threatens everyone there.

They subdue her and take her to the hospital. And then Jim shows up and finds all the blood and nobody there. How could things get much worse? And will Jillian and Jim's wish for "no Thanksgiving" be granted?

Short story--available on Amazon for only 99 cents.