Happy New Year #Blog Hop - #Giveaway

Happy New Year!!

Many of us are looking forward to a fresh start, making goals and resolutions.

In 2011, my publishing company started and published 3 books.
In 2012, we doubled it, and published 6.
For 2013, my goal is to double it once more, and publish 12. 
This is a lofty goal, but if you'd like to submit your work or check out our progress,
(one winner gets both prizes)
A $10 Amazon Gift Card
One of 2012's ebooks, Christian in Training:

What about you?
What is your biggest goal for 2013 and how will you get there?

Don't forget to visit the other stops on the hop for more chances to win great prizes!

Sunday Devotion - God's Offer Has a Shelf Life

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. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. (Titus 2:12-14 MSG)

Here is God's offer, and it's a good one. He offers it today and everyday. Will we turn our backs on the godless, indulgent life and take on the God-filled, God-honored life? Step by step, holding His hand. Or will we continue to indulge ourselves and live as the godless do?

As we make this decision we need to remember one important fact: God's offer has a shelf-life. 

If we turn our backs on Him today, it's easier to turn our back again tomorrow...and the next day. It's harder to turn back to Him than it would have been if we'd said yes the first time. If I don't respond when He speaks, it becomes harder to hear Him. If I leave Him, it's harder to come back again.

The offer didn't actually go bad, it's just not as readily available for you to grab hold of anymore. 

It's like climbing a mountain. Every step we take either brings us closer to the top, where we want to be, or closer to the bottom. But we can't stand still; we must take a step. Standing still on the slippery footing will only make us go down. And if we go down, it becomes harder to climb back up again. Each step we take draws us closer to Him or takes us further away. So which direction will we go?


Prayer Thought: Opportunities that are facing us today may be gone tomorrow. Let's listen today, climb higher today, turn our backs on the godless indulgent life and take on the new life. RIGHT NOW. 

Exciting Opportunity to Download #FREE #Kindle #Ebooks & Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

I’m totally excited the Shop ‘Til You Drop Books and More sale going on over at Body and Soul Publishing. Partly because my book, Christian In Training, is one of the books included in the sale, and partly because of all the savings being offered on other Christian eBooks!

December 26th through the 28th, 2012 readers can score over 40 FREE Christian books – AND one lucky reader will walk away with a $25 Amazon gift card.

Besides my book, bestselling authors such as Staci Stallings, Heather Bixler, Krystal Kuehn, and Janet Perez Eckles are just a few of the names that readers will see on the books that are included in this sale. The books range from Christian romance novels, to Bible study, to book marketing, and even children’s books. Readers can rack up savings of over$140 on books during this sale, so I recommend checking it out here:


And while you’re there, don’t forget to enter to win the $25 gift card.

Guest #Blog Devotional by Deborah Heal - Write Real Good

Christian fiction writers sometimes think their stories are less important than the sermons, essays, and treatises of the "serious" non-fiction writer. But imaginative writing has tremendous power to teach deep truths. For example, many, many people have come to know God through C. S. Lewis' Narnia stories.
Storytelling is even an effective tool for fund raising. One Christmas, when it was time to send out the monthly newsletter for our crisis pregnancy center, I decided to use a story to help readers understand the problems families faced. Here is the letter I sent out:

 "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger." Luke 2:7

 Now that was a crisis pregnancy! There is something so heart wrenching about the newborn King lying in a stable when he should have had every luxury in the universe.
Every parent wants the best for their precious little ones. But for some couples like, Carl and Brenda…

June, 1955. Carl was just out of the service and couldn’t find a job. And he had a wife and two kids—Brenda, three-year-old Stevie, and two-month-old Patty. So Carl packed up the family and moved, but with the recession there were no jobs. For a while Brenda worked at the dime store, and Carl stayed home to watch the kids. With no gas for the car, he walked across town when he heard the Shell station was hiring. Sure enough, the sign in the window said, HELP WANTED, but the man inside told him the job had just been filled. It was a long walk back home. “The air Force will take me back,” he told Brenda. But the Air Force was not taking men with two children.

The approaching Christmas season just highlighted their misery. “Well,” Brenda said, “at least Patty is too little to know about Christmas presents.” Or maybe she did and that’s why she cried so much. She seemed hungry all the time, no matter how often she nursed, and Brenda began to wonder if she had enough milk.

Brenda cried in the doctor’s office when he explained that, “yes, you can get pregnant even while you’re nursing.” And when baby Mikey came, he slept in a dresser drawer because Patty still needed the crib.

This Christmas season I am asking you to consider a very special gift so that we can continue to help families like Carl and Brenda’s resist the pressure to abort their baby “Mikey’s.” Your gift will allow us to help with baby supplies—like a crib for the baby to sleep in.

 Apparently, my little story helped to put a face on the problems associated with unplanned pregnancies, because donations poured into the center. 
Does the story seem to overly sentimental? The "Patty" in the story is me. I’m grateful to be able to use my family’s ordeal to write real good.

Deborah Heal is the author of the young adult novels Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy She lives in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about southern Illinois history. She is married and has three grown children, three grandchildren, and a canine buddy named Scout (a.k.a. Dr. Bob). Currently, she is working on book three in the Time and Again trilogy.

You may learn more about the author by visiting her website: http://www.deborahheal.com/, her  Facebook Fan Page, and Goodreads. Her books may be purchased on Amazon.com.

Today's the Book Launch of Terreldor - #amreading

Join Mark and his brother as they find themselves in a strange world filled with impossibility and adventure. Faced with tragedy and trial, Mark is forced to draw upon strengths and develop skills he never expected himself capable of. The brothers are taken in by mentors who claim to hold the secrets of true wisdom and maturity. In their endeavors, they learn the most difficult lessons in life are often found on the path home. 

Begin the adventure in Journey to Terreldor, then follow these brothers as they are cast into peril in Terreldor at War. Discover the culmination of their odyssey in The Long Path Home.

What Reviewers are saying:
The author is writing in a style of a fantasy and supernatural weaving tales, fables and prophesy together to entertain the reader with the possibilities of what if. 
S. Mahoney (Amazon Reviewer)

This is a great book for all ages and especially young teens and young adults. 
L. Gray (Amazon Reviewer)

Today's Launch only - the price has been reduced to 99c!
Buy for $0.99 today, December19th and win big! Share or Comment-&-Like to enter drawing for free! New Amazon Kindle, $25 Starbucks giftcard, bags, books and more!
Find info here:

Guest #Devotional #Blog - Nona King

The Daily Challenge

One of the greatest challenges for me as a Christian is to overcome the Enemy’s daily reminder of my past failures. From relationships to story lines, if there is an aspect that did not fall in line with my idea of a Christian theme, it is used against me.

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." ~II Corinthians 5:17

Wait. What? Because I’m a believer, I’m a new creature? But, what about that questionable bit of story line I was tempted to write all of last week? I’m not a new creature anymore. I’m as wicked as I ever was.

But it doesn't work that way.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” ~Lamentations 3:22, 23; NKJV

Each day is a new beginning. Each morning we are a new creature in Christ. He allows us these precious moments to begin anew. To grow in our faith and in our witness for others, so we can attest to His great mercies. His patience. His unending devotion to us, His children. In that promise there is hope, each new day, for me to once again craft my heart to fulfill His desire for my future.

I feel certain that future is bright.

Connect with the Author:
www.NonaKing.com – Fiction .|. www.WordObsession.net – Blog
is currently on sale for 99c Kindle Edition.

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Sunday #Devotional ~ Friend of #God = Enemy of Satan?

You are my friends if you do what I command. (John 15:14 NKJV)

So the other day, someone pasted this Mantra on Facebook, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head.  If there is anything that I want to be in life, it is a friend of God and a threat to my enemy, Satan.

So what have I been doing to make that happen? And what do I need to do to accomplish it?  I thought about that in my time with the Lord. And here is what I was told:

Be still and know that I am God.  (Psalm 46:10 NKJV)

I need to pray more, and in a way that keeps me focused and still.  I spend too much time not being still in the Lord, trying to read His word instead, and worrying about how to serve Him (like Martha) instead of just listening to Him like Mary.

John, the beloved disciple, was always leaning on the bosom of Jesus listening to Him.  He describes himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. And the word he uses more in his gospel than all of the other gospels combined is "BELIEVE." Not do, not work, not serve, just believe.

So when I look at this mantra, it makes me want to pick up my sword and start slashing.  But God has told me to choose the better part and be still, get to know Him, and become someone worth fearing.

Prayer Thought: How about you? Do you have trouble sitting still and just waiting upon God? If you do, spend this time in prayer with Him and ask for His help in improving your patience and listening skills.

BLOG Giveaway WINNERS and a Cover Reveal for Winter Fae

The Winners of the Birthday Bash for December ~
1- $20 Amazon Gift Card: NONA K.
2- Found Adrift PB and Boat Bookmark: KELLEE F.
3- Clockwork Dragon PB and Dragon Bookmark: JAMES N.
4- Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball and Holiday Necklace: JIM L.
5- Steampunk Necklace and Winter Fae E-book winner: CAROL J.


And here is the Cover for the Fantasy Steampunk release of WINTER FAE (Available December 15th)

~The SHORT STORY Prequel to Armored Hearts ~

Once upon a time, a fairy princess gave up her home, her family, and her birthright for the love of a human lord. But life outside has made her sick. When she returns to the land of fae with her son, she discovers things are not as they should be. Will she find the healing she so desperately seeks for herself and invalid son? Or will she be received with the coldness of winter?

(Look for Armored Hearts in February 2013)

Are you willing to be a FAILURE for #God?

For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:12-13)

Do we ever think our dreams for success or accomplishment is God's purpose for us? Do we think that if we obey God will accomplish great things with our obedience?  His purpose may well be just the opposite.  God's end, His purpose for us IS the process of submitting our will to Him. It is today that He wants us to focus on. 

Our obedience will accomplish great things.  Perhaps we will never see the repercussions of what our faith does.  Maybe God will give us a goal that He has no intention for us to personally reach.  There were missionaries who felt that they were to go and preach the word to an indigenous tribe in South America - but when they got there, they were slaughtered within days of their arrival by the very people they were trying to bring the gospel to.  But when more missionaries came, including their families - not to seek revenge, but to share God's love, the tribe who did the murdering came to Christ.  It is said that the church is a plant that is watered by the blood of saints.  Are we truly willing to shed our blood in order to bring God glory?

The Bible is full of ordinary people who went to impossible places and did wondrous things simply because they decided to obey God, even when others said, "You can't do that." They weren't more qualified for their tasks than we are. But they trusted God to open doors and give them the power they needed in their situation. Can we trust God to open doors that seem closed? The doors God sets before us are much like grocery store entrances - the doors seem closed, but the minute you step up to them, they open.  God opens the door the minute we step up in faith.  But if we never take the step of faith, the doors will always be closed.


Prayer Thought: Are you willing to be a failure for God? Are you ready to re-prioritize what is important and what is successful? Ask God today to help you seek out those misconceptions within you. Pray that they will not keep you from being a true success for God.