Monday Mentions – Luna’s Treasure by Mary L. Ball

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Please welcome Mary L. Ball to The West Corner! She’s here today with her Christian romantic suspense novel Luna’s Treasure, Celestial Investigation book 2.

Book Description

Luna's Treasure cover artLuna Kast, surveillance specialist at Celestial Investigation stays one-step away from danger. In her personal life, she treasures tranquility. She meets Kevin Hollings. He seems shy and levelheaded, but she’s been duped before and has no intention of making another mistake.

Luna and Kevin become cyber friends, but while their relationship grows, so do her problems. When her latest case turns deadly, and she finds Kevin in the arms of another woman, Luna’s hope for a peaceful life are once again, dashed. Can she stay planted in her belief that God leads those who are faithful?

“Luna’s Treasure,” Celestial Investigation, book two. A Christian romantic suspense based on three sisters. Their P.I. skills come in handy in the quaint town of Mercy, North Carolina, a place where romance and mystery unite.

Excerpt

“Maybe the thief has…” She stopped short with her rambling as a customer crossed the threshold. Luna semi-grinned at the young man who’d purchased chewing gum the night before.

The stranger’s navy blue pullover appeared to be too big for his skinny frame and just as before, his thick beard and attached hood hung down toward his face and made it hard to pick out any unique facial features. He ambled to the middle of the store, looked around and approached the counter. Blood-shot eyes focused on her.

Luna rubbed her neck and shivered as a chill crossed her arms. Engulfed with a sense of uneasiness she moved her hand closer to the underside of the counter where she’d stashed her revolver. “May I help you?”

“Sure.” He smirked. “Gimme the cash now.” Clenched teeth followed the harsh whisper as he pulled a gun from his pocket and waved it toward the register.

“Okay. Calm down. No one needs to get hurt.” Luna barely moved her left hand while her mind replayed tactics she’d been taught in target shooting. Any distraction will give you time to make a move.

“Hurry it up.” The robber exhaled. His cheeks flared.

“What’s that?” Luna glanced to her right and slightly changed her tone, as if excited. “Lady.” The man trailed her gaze.

The response was quick, but it gave Luna the second she needed. She grabbed her gun, stepped back and squeezed the trigger. A bang filled the room.

The robber lost grip on his firearm and fell to the floor.

He stretched out his hand to go for the revolver.

Another thunderous blast echoed in the room.

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Luna’s Treasure is available from Amazon.

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About the Author

photo of author Mary L. BallMary L. Ball is a multi-published Christian author. She resides in the heart of North Carolina.

When she isn’t working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and ministering in song with her husband.

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Wednesday Words – Lisa Lickel

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Please welcome author Lisa Lickel to The West Corner! She’s here today to talk about how writers can stay motivated during the summer months.

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Five Tips to Stay Writing Motivated During the Summer Doldrums

Nobody works in France during the month of August, except service people who cater to crazy tourists. Just sayin’. Most of the publishing industry shuts down across the northern hemisphere during the summer months, at least until early fall. Books come out in late spring for summer reading, or anticipation is built for fall/holiday releases. Slush piles at publishers and agents grow like they’ve been fed atomic waste. When I was growing up in my family of public school teachers, my “year” began in September and ended in June. The ten weeks until school started again in late August or early September was a sort of innocuous nether time spent waiting, filled with camping, a few weeks of baseball and swimming lessons for the kids. During this odd “time out” how can we stay fresh and keep writing?

1. Plan Ahead as much as you can. Figure out when you need to fix meals, bake, clean, attend activities. Wil you be vacationing or hosting company? Even for SOTPanster writers, a general working schedule will help you use your time efficiently. Maybe you can use car or plane time to think about your work in progress, even if you don’t write well while in motion. It could be a good time to catch up on some reading and book reviews or learning the latest industry changes. Write a batch of tweets to automate or send when you have a couple of minutes.

2. Chart Deadlines in a way you can readily access them. I like to make lists and cross things off—gives me a keen sense of accomplishment. Maybe you like to use your portable phone and program chimes or make lists and email yourself reminders. Automating some of these goals helps unclutter your mind so you can grab free, unencumbered moments to write. Make three goals for the fall and winter, whether it’s to finish or start something new, or submit when publisher’s reading schedules reopen.

3. Think Small batches of time to spend with your story. Grab moments while waiting in line, after the kids go to bed or before they get up. Think smaller, as in 10 tweets instead of an hour roaming Pinterest; write 500 words, not conquer chapter 10. Write scenes or character motivations for a while to recharge yourself. Research two or three agents or publishers and study the better-selling books in your genre to see what attracts their audience. Note scene and setting details while you’re in a different environment than home or work, like the texture of the sand, smells at the picnic, the people who are visiting the park with you.

4. Network during this time. It’s not pushy sales time, but sharing time. Be able to answer coherently, So, what are you up to these days? And listen when you ask the question. Take some moments to research your audience hangouts and venues for promotion, find new groups to join, new writing opportunities. Writing is much more than putting words on paper. Pick up the latest books at the library, find a book discussion club to join, comment on interviews, read, read, read, and write reviews!

5. Give Yourself Permission to set work aside. If you’re anything like me, you feel guilty if you’re not multi-tasking or spending at least a full workday of hours on your manuscript. But the one Commandment Christians seem the most willing to fudge on is that Sabbath one—Number Three: REST from your labors, keep some holy time in your week. It’s okay. You’ll be more productive when your eyes aren’t drooping and your mind isn’t trying to solve four problems at once. God made it so. The least we can do is agree.

About the Author

Photo of author Lisa LickelLisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. A multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and publishing coach. She is part of Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat, Inc., mentoring writers from across the US.

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Requiem for the Innocents cover artRequiem for the Innocents

Justice, mercy, and humbleness collide when four people pray for different answers to the same situation. How will God answer all of them?

What is wrong with trying to cure cancer? Brother Able, hospice chaplain, asks himself that question every day. His boss, Dr. Rich Bernard, performs closet genetic experiments at Paradise House. He blackmails Able into keeping his secret. When a grieving husband asks Able to pray for his dying wife, Able finally breaks his silence.

Libby Davis might be prepared to accept death, to sacrifice herself for Rich’s greater cause but fails to comprehend the love of a husband who cannot let her go and the son who’s a whisper from the edge of reason. Brother Able wades into battle for those innocents in her life. If he wins, it won’t be only Libby’s family he saves.

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Requiem for the Innocents is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Monday Mentions – Flowers from Afghanistan by Suzy Parish

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Please welcome Suzy Parish to The West Corner! She’s here today with her brand-new book, Flowers from Afghanistan!

Book Description

Flowers from Afghanistan cover artWeighed down by guilt following the death of his two-year-old son, Mac McCann accepts a year-long position training police officers in Afghanistan. Leaving his wife Sophie to grieve alone, he hopes the life-or-death distractions of his self-imposed exile will build a wall between him and his pain. As camaraderie builds between Mac and the men on base—including a local barber and his precocious little boy—Mac’s heart becomes invested in stories beyond his own tragedy and he learns he is not the only one running from loss. But when the hour of attack arrives, will he be able to see past his guilt to believe there’s still something—and someone—worth living for? With touching details based on true events, Flowers from Afghanistan is a redemptive journey of healing, a chronicle of hope in crisis, and a testament to the faithfulness of God through it all.

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Flowers from Afghanistan is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Pelican Book Group.

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About the Author

photo of author Suzy ParishSuzy Parish is an author at Pelican Book Group. Suzy wrote as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times. She is currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Her novel, Flowers from Afghanistan was a semi-finalist in the Genesis contest for 2013. Suzy discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes in the power of literacy to improve the lives of individuals and stewards a Little Free Library in a local park.

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Wednesday Words – Ruth Buchanan

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Please welcome author Ruth Buchanan to The West Corner!

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Confessions of an All-Weather Christian

Florida’s the Sunshine State. At least, according to our state nickname. The truth, however, is that although Florida does see its fair share of (very bright!) sunshine, the expectations set by our nickname don’t exactly line up with reality.

Florida is not America’s sunniest state (it’s actually the sixth sunniest); and it also sees more partially-cloudy days than any other state in the continental United States. The warm surrounding waters of the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf—along with high temperatures, humidity, and long rainy seasons—see to that.

It’s the reason why although the sun is currently shining and the birds tweeting, my entire neighborhood is still one giant puddle.

None of this is a problem if you’re prepared, of course, which is why smart Floridians arm themselves with sunglasses and umbrellas most of the year. We’ve learned that no matter what the skies look like when we leave the house, pretty much anything can happen at any time.

While living in Florida, I’ve discovered parallels to living the Christian life. If I launch into life expecting nothing but sunshine and mild breezes, I’d be flabbergasted when thunderclaps break over my head. But if I adjust my expectations to reality—that in this life I will have tribulation—then I can be of good cheer, knowing my Savior has overcome the world.

Our Jesus cautioned his followers that we will face storms. He shared this information not to frighten us but to give us peace.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, ESV)

We find our hearts at peace not when every situation is as we’d wish but when we’re prepared to face whatever comes.

So we turn our faces to the light, sunglasses in place and flip-flops on our feet, but umbrellas firmly in hand and hurricane shutters stacked in the garage—just in case.

Whatever’s coming, we’re ready.

About the Author

photo of author Ruth BuchananRuth Buchanan is a Christian freelance writer who holds degrees in ministry and theology. She writes fiction, non-fiction, plays, and sacred scripts. She’s an eager reader, an enthusiastic traveler, and the world’s most reluctant runner. Ruth loves Jesus, family, church, friends, and coffee. She lives and works in South Florida. You can learn more about her and her books by visiting RuthBuchananAuthor.com.

Collapsible cover artCheck Out Book 1 in the Collapsible trilogy!

Rachel Cooper has life under control: good job, good friends, and good plans for the future. All of that collapses one early morning when she falls and breaks her ankle. Now she must face the horrors of preparing for an upcoming move and handling her tenth year of teaching while clomping around on crutches. Worse, somewhere in the shadows, the Memento Killer lurks—a serial murderer who stalks women with four anonymous gifts before moving in for the kill. When unexpected presents begin arriving on Rachel’s doorstep, she fears that she’ll soon be crutching for her life. Check out Collapsible: A novel of friendship, broken bones, coffee, shenanigans, and the occasional murder.

Monday Mentions – The Last Detail by Lisa Lickel

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Please welcome Lisa Lickel to The West Corner! She’s here today with her book The Last Detail.

Book Description

The Last Detail cover artHope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?

Medical missionary and avowed bachelor Merit Campbell is wounded during a skirmish at his Mideast clinic and sent home to recover. Restlessness propels him to explore the happier moments of his childhood in Illinois where he meets Amalia Kennedy, owner of The Last Detail, who enjoys helping people prepare for their final years. Merit ushers in new life; Amalia ushers it out. Love? Obviously. Marriage? Check. Dealing with the family closet? Step back…

Excerpt

Seven seconds. Merit counted silently from the time the last missile whined past his ear. Senna’s goon needed seven seconds to reload. Merit ignored the flash on his right and kept his eyes on the child who sat in the dirt about a dozen long steps in front of him, waving her tiny fists.

After the next barrage of fire went silent, Merit took off in a crouching run, grabbed Tangra’s youngest granddaughter, Mardra, and rushed toward the nearest pile of rocks. The punch and stabbing sensation in his left shoulder, followed by a thud, let him know he had almost made it. As he was lifted off his feet, he thrust the child he’d delivered last spring into her father’s outstretched arms. As gravity reclaimed him his left foot plunged between stones. His ankle twisted viciously as strong hands pulled him to relative safety amongst the band of defenders.

The child began to scream when her uncle fired his weapon close to her little ears. Merit felt like doing the same as his ankle thrummed and ground with his every movement. Broken, at least. No competition for the shoulder wound. He took Mardra back into his arms so her father could aim his US-made hunting rifle, meant for small game—not humans—back toward Senna’s position.

Merit hunched over the little girl as a brilliant flame arced overhead. A ground-shaking explosion followed, then smoke and men’s shouts and the acrid scent of the rocket’s accelerant. He hoped he wouldn’t have to run, because he couldn’t. Nothing he could do but pray between the throbs of searing pain and deep anger at Senna.

The baby wiggled, tugging Merit’s heartstrings away from his fury. It wasn’t her fault her grandfather’s rival destroyed Merit’s life work. Both factions were going to miss the little missionary medical clinic Merit ran in the mountains of Nehrangestan, a tiny spot on National Geographic’s map of Asia.

Something tickled. Wha—oh, right—blood from the shoulder wound. He touched the front of his blue shirt then looked at the growing red stain flowing like a waterfall. Tentatively, he reached behind his collarbone and hissed at the gouge. Not serious. He’d probably get a nice scar out of it. Senna’s pound of flesh. Merit shifted the baby and tried to flex his ankle. He bit back a scream and panted while sparkles pulsed in the fringe of his vision. Yeah, broken.

Well, that answered that question. If he got out of here alive, the mission board would make him go home for treatment. Question was, how soon could he get back to rebuild the clinic?

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The Last Detail is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

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About the Author

photo of author Lisa LickelLisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. A multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and publishing coach. She is part of Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat, Inc., mentoring writers from across the US. Visit http://www.LisaLickel.com.

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Wednesday Words – Deborah M. Piccurelli

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Please welcome author Deborah M. Piccurelli to The West Corner!

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Fear Not!

Many times in Scripture, God commands us not to fear. Sometimes, it even seems at a time when you would wonder why He would tell us that, since fear had never entered our minds in connection with the passage we may be studying. This all goes to show just how important it is to keep it out of our lives on a daily basis.

You may ask why our Father in Heaven is so adamant about our staying as far away from the dreaded emotion as possible. First, we need to know just what fear is.

  1. Fear is a spirit. Second Timothy 1:7 states, “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” So, for obvious reasons, we don’t want to allow any evil spirits to operate in our lives. Ever.
  2. Fear is the opposite of faith. It is impossible to please God without it, as Hebrews 11:6 says. You can’t have faith and fear at the same time.

We can see that our good Father is trying to help us to be victorious in our faith walk. That can’t happen since when fear is present, we are paralyzed. Take, for instance, the character of Charlie (Charlotte) Parkes in my novella, Love Comes Calling. She had been in a near-fatal auto accident involving a drunk, hit-and-run driver. From that time on, she was not able to drive a car herself. She had to be driven everywhere. Understandable, but not a healthy way to live.

Another effect of fear is it holds us hostage. We become a slave to it. Everything we do, or don’t do, hangs on it.

So what is the answer when it becomes a stronghold in our lives?

For one thing, we need to confront it head on. That’s what Charlie Parkes did. With the help of Derek Spencer, she slowly acclimates herself to being behind the wheel of an automobile, then forces herself to go it alone when something important comes up and no one is available to accompany her.

Of course, there’s always praying and trusting The Lord. And Charlie did do a lot of that. It takes one out of their comfort zone, for sure, but any reason to trust in Him always does.

At this point, I would like readers to know, I am not just flippantly handing out advice about such a serious situation, just because of a character in one of my books.

Like Charlie, I, too, am working toward victory from my own fear of driving.

About the Author

photo of author Deborah M. PiccurelliDeborah M. Piccurelli enjoys reading and writing romantic books. She is the author of two novels, a novella, several cause-related newspaper articles, formerly wrote a fiction column for Book Fun Magazine, and reviews for The Wordsmith Journal. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and an advocate for sanctity of life. Deborah lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.

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The day new Christian, Derek Spencer, shows up on Charlie Parkes’s doorstep to make up for what he’d done, is the very day he falls in love with her. But Charlie’s sister mistakes him for a home improvement contractor, and he decides to play along until he finds a way to tell her who he really is.

Charlie is attracted to Derek, but knows the attention he pays her is only flattery. How could such a great-looking guy fall for someone with a face like hers? Nevertheless, the two form a relationship that brings a joy to Charlie that’s way beyond her wildest dreams.

But what will happen when Derek’s true identity is revealed?

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Love Comes Calling is available from Amazon.

Monday Mentions – A Taste of Tragedy by Kim McMahill

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Please welcome Kim McMahill to The West Corner! She’s here today with A Taste of Tragedy, book 2 in the Risky Research Series.

Book Description

A Taste of Tragedy cover artMorgan Hunter sacrificed everything for her career. She had yet to encounter anything she wasn’t willing to do to succeed . . . until now. When she uncovers evidence that the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, she must reevaluate her priorities. As questions mount and the body count rises, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to hide its secrets and protect its profits. With no one else to trust, Morgan is forced to seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving.

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“Here, let me help you,” Morgan said as she draped Devyn’s arm around her shoulders.

Morgan tried to relieve as much weight as she could from Devyn as she helped her hobble to the waiting vehicle. Once Devyn was seated in the cramped back seat, Morgan dug out her emergency supply bag. She handed Devyn a blanket and a bottle of water.

“I have a first aid kit, but I think you need something a little more than a bandage.”

“It’s just a few scratches. I’ll live.”

Morgan could see why Nick trusted Devyn with his back. As she looked at the battered and bruised woman, who had taken off into the desert in the middle of the night in bare feet to prevent a criminal from getting away, she had to admire her. Devyn had to be in extreme pain, yet not a complaint escaped her lips.

“Make room in the back,” Nick huffed.

Morgan looked up to see Nick trudging toward her with an inert Aaron slung over his shoulder. She raced to the tiny back cargo area and moved a few items around so Nick could squeeze the body in the vehicle.

“Is he dead?” Morgan whispered.

“Not quite, but we need to get him medical help A.S.A.P. The bullet didn’t hit any vital organs, but I’m not sure how much damage he suffered from the knock to the head”

Morgan watched as Nick set the man down in the vehicle, and then she joined Devyn in the back seat. Turning around and kneeling, she was able to lean over the seat and assess Aaron’s injuries. She folded up a handkerchief and placed it over his gunshot wound and applied pressure. She wasn’t sure which was bleeding more, the bullet hole or the bump and cut to the head, but she had to try and slow the blood loss any way she could.

“That’s all we can do for now,” Nick said. “Just keep the pressure on the best you can.”

Morgan nodded as Nick secured the back and then got behind the wheel.

“You okay?” Nick asked as he turned to face Devyn.

“I’ve had better days, but sadly, I’ve had worse.”

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A Taste of Tragedy is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

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About the Author

photo of author Kim McMahillKim McMahill grew up in Wyoming, which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. Kim started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense. Along with writing adventure novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles and contributed to a travel anthology and cookbook. Kim currently resides in Colorado, and when not writing, she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.

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