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Pastor Martin laments over his secret, traumatic past mistakes. He’s destined to lead his father’s church, despite blatant rejection. He can’t love Rhea – he’s yet to forgive himself for his past, and if Rhea knew how he used to be, she would have no interest in pursuing a relationship with him. In spite of their shared attraction, he helps Rhea form a plan to save her business. Martin, a former successful bakery owner, can expertly create delicious pastry recipes.
Rhea feels torn about her attraction to Martin – he’s a pastor, and after her husband’s death, she vowed to never get involved with another pastor. Plus, her twin sister, Raven, has strong feelings for Martin. Can Rhea let herself have romantic feelings for Martin – knowing it would hurt her sister?
Can Martin and Rhea overcome their past so that they’re free to love again?
Have you ever discussed Sea Cows in science or biology class?
They’re mentioned in the Bible. Apparently, a sea cow is part of a larger group of marine mammals Sirenia. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the sea cow has been extinct since the 18th century, 30 years after being discovered in 1741. I’m thinking that since sea cows are mentioned in the Bible, that the ones that were discovered in the 1700’s may not have been the same animal, but, a close relative. It’s possible that the sea cows mentioned in the Bible were any of the four animals in the Sirenia group of mammals.
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. 3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and hides of sea cows (or dugongs)[a]; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
Dugongs are in danger of extinction and are hunted for their meat, hides and oil. They live for about 73 years and it takes them up to ten years to reach sexual maturity. A pregnancy can last for en entire year.
What’s the point of this blog post? I’m not really sure! If you have any insight or knowledge to provide about sea cows and dugongs, feel free to share!
I just wanted to mention that Raspberry Kisses has been receiving some wonderful reviews! Here’s a review on the Romance In Color website! My novel has also received sixteen four and five star reviews on Amazon!
If you want to enjoy a sweet, decadent, Christian romance, then give Raspberry Kisses a try! It’s an enjoyable, delicious story!
The winner of the novel, Rodeo Family is Sarah Richmond! Congrats, Sarah! I’m sure you’ll enjoy this wonderful book!
I was featured on a couple of blogs recently! Come and read my blog posts: Sharing My Writing Journey on Seriously Write blog! I was also featured on Allyson Carter’s Gripping Fiction blog!
I’d like to welcome author Shannon Taylor Vannatter to my blog today! I first became acquainted with Shannon’s writing when I was a member of the Heartsong Presents book club! I recall the first books I read by her were part of the White Rose Trilogy!
Before we speak with Shannon, I just wanted to let you know that her new novel, Rodeo Family, is now available!
TORI EATON IS READY TO START OVER
She’s beginning a new chapter in Aubrey, Texas, away from her abusive ex-boyfriend. As she picks up the pieces of her broken life, Tori’s surprised at the helping hand the church’s new song director, Brant McConnell, offers her, and at the warm emotions he inspires.
Brant is drawn to Tori. And as their friendship grows, so do his feelings for her. But Tori is still hounded by her past, and the walls she’s built around her heart are high. Can he convince the wounded beauty that he’s exactly the kind of man she needs—and deserves?
I thought it’d be fun to talk to Shannon and hear how she happened to discover that she wanted to become a writer. So, when I asked her this question, this was her response:
In the third grade, I had a creative writing class. I wrote a story about how the sun got too close to the earth one day and burned people. Some ended up red, some brown, the ones who stayed inside stayed white. You get the picture. Apparently, I was questioning ethnic diversity and how it came to be.
Another story was about a vampire named Eripmav, which is vampire spelled backward. And my final story, about a local large house. But in my story, it had a dungeon with people hidden away in stocks. My favorite shows—Dark Shadows and The Night Gallery—reflected in my writing.
I loved the class and my teacher bragged on my imagination and creativity with each story. But that was it—one class. I never had any other classes like that. And so I never dreamed of writing. Never thought about it again.
Until my pre-teens when we moved. Away from all my friends, away from a neighborhood to rural Arkansas. Once again, my stories occupied my time. I made them up in my head and sometimes acted them out in my bedroom. I watched a lot of hunky detective shows, so my stories became damsel in distress with a hunky detective to the rescue.
One particular story stuck. For years, I’d move scenes around, add complications, and change the ending. I thought it was a movie, but I wasn’t interested in Hollywood, so I didn’t really know what to do with it.
And then I met my own hunk, though he wasn’t a detective. Thank goodness. My romantic dreams faded away as I landed my own hero, lived my own romance, and married him. Until in my mid-thirties, when my husband went to work nights and I needed something to occupy my evenings. I went to the library and couldn’t find any clean romance like I’d read as a teen.
That’s when that story surfaced and I thought—Hey, that could be a book. Dun, dun, dun—I heard the music climax during my light-bulb moment. Yeah, I could write a clean romance. I got right on it and it was horrible since I hadn’t had a writing class since the third grade. But as I wrote that first book, my characters kept talking to God, and by the end I had a very badly written inspirational romance.
Nine and a half years of attending conferences, submitting manuscripts, and receiving over two hundred rejections followed. Before I finally got the call—actually an e-mail. By then I was in my mid-forties and wondering why it took me so long to realize I wanted to be a writer.
So what did I do about it? I contacted area schools and offered to teach fifth and sixth graders how to write a short story. I also do a careers class for eighth graders and I’ve spoke about writing as a career at the local college. I don’t know if anything I say will inspire any of the students who hear me. But if there’s a kernel of a writer in a young person, I hope to grow it into their dream and encourage them to follow that dream.
Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She lives in a town with a population of around 100, if you count a few cows. Vannatter won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category, The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards 3rd Favorite New Author and #1 Contemporary Award.
Her ten titles are with Heartsong Presents and she’s contracted for five more. Her books are available at christianbook.com, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, harlequin.com, and barbourbooks.com. Learn more about Shannon and her books at http://shannonvannatter.com and check out her real life romance blog at http://shannonvannatter.com/blog/.
Connect with her on Facebook: http://facebook.com/shannontaylorvannatter, Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/29672798-shannon-vannatter, Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/stvannatter/, and Twitter: @stvauthor.
The winners of the Raspberry Kisses book giveaway are:
Paula R. Cadwell
Congrats, Ladies! Merry Christmas!