Sleigh Bells Ring!

December 17, 2016 Posted by novelistcd


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Sleigh Bells Ring – Four Contemporary Romance Novellas

Have you ever had unresolved differences with a parent? Have you ever lost a parent before you could resolve those differences?

In Sleigh Bells Ring, four sisters are summoned home after their father dies. All four of the sisters were estranged from their dad when he’d died. They carry a lot of pain and regrets – wishing that they could have resolved their differences. As each sister returns to their horse farm (their childhood home), they take a step back in time as they re-encounter folks from their youth. The sisters need to come together as they decide what to do with their horse farm – should they sell it, or, should they keep it in the family?

This book gives a glimpse of how past pains can affect our current lives. It’s also a story about forgiveness. This is a good, heartwarming read for the Christmas season.

So, have you ever had unresolved differences with a parent? Were you ever able to talk about your issues, and tell your parent(s) how you felt? Have you ever lost a parent and wished your relationship could have been better before their death? 

Sunday Brunch – What Did Moses See?

December 16, 2016 Posted by novelistcd

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Deuteronomy 34:1-4

New International Version (NIV)

The Death of Moses
34 Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, 2 all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, 3 the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”

What do you think Moses actually saw when he looked at the Promised Land? 

My question might not make any sense, so, I will elaborate. Moses saw the Promised Land, but, due to something he’d done, something displeasing to God, he was not allowed to cross over into the land. Well, what I want to know is, when Moses was standing on Mount Nebo, what did he actually see, literally? I want to know what the land looked like. Yes, it’s a land flowing with milk and honey, but, that does not really give us a very good description.

The land was rich with produce, lush fields, large grapes…I just wish I could see a picture of it. I wonder if there’s anyplace on this earth, today, that resembles what Moses saw when he was standing on Mount Nebo? 

I wondered if the land may have resembled the Garden of Eden – a paradise. I want to see it with my own eyes.

So, what do you think? Do you think there’s anyplace on this God-given earth, today, that resembled The Promised Land – the land Moses saw with his own eyes more than two thousand years ago?

 

Giveaway – Frosting and Flurries!

December 15, 2016 Posted by novelistcd

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Frosting and Flurries Book Giveaway – you must read the interview, comment, and enter to win! Please follow the link – it’s an author interview on author Alexis Goring’s God is Love Blog!

What’s Your Favorite Christmas Memory?

December 14, 2016 Posted by novelistcd

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What’s your favorite Christmas memory? Leave a comment and tell me more about it!

Spin It Like That – YA Novel – Free Dec 1 – 5, 2016

December 1, 2016 Posted by novelistcd

Spin It Like That by Chandra Sparks Splond is a YA novel that’s available for free until December 5, 2016. Download a copy for yourself and your teenager! I haven’t read this novel yet, but, I do have it on my TBR list!

Sixteen-year-old Jasmine Richardson has a love for music. When she gets on the turntables, her gift for spinning and rhyming earn her admiration and respect. She’s also talented academically, but her parents disapprove of their daughter’s hobby, hoping it’s a phase she’s going through. Still, Jasmine finds it hard to deny the joy and freedom she feels when she’s playing music that makes people smile and dance. After a local contest, Jasmine attracts the interest of some music-industry honchos. Then the attitudes of the people around her seem to change and she’s forced to face some tough situations. Suddenly it becomes harder for her to tell who’s really happy for her and who’s totally a fake. But when the music is in your heart, and your talent shines bright, sometimes all you can do is…spin it like that.

Frosting And Flurries!

November 27, 2016 Posted by novelistcd

box set 2box setFrosting and Flurries, the Christmas box set that includes Sugar and Spice (The Bakery Romance Series Book #4) has been selling a lot on Amazon. We’ve gotten tons of reviews and our ranking has been pretty good in the Contemporary Christian Romance (and Holiday) categories!

Come purchase your copy today! The 99-cent price is a steal for these five delicious romance novels. The set is also available on Kindle Unlimited! The stories are set in different countries, too: USA, Canada, UK, and Ireland!

Sugar and Spice:

Sheila Parks is stunned when Mason Smith, the identical twin brother of her ex-boyfriend Reese, moves to Blue Spring and opens a bakery. Reese’s cruel breakup still bothers her and seeing somebody who looks just like him is a painful reminder of her predicament. Unemployed, Sheila needs financial help and it appears that Mason can assist her with her problem. Can she learn to trust a man who looks just like her ex?

Mason is stunned when Sheila storms into his bakery, mistakenly thinking that he’s Reese. Mason is used to comforting his womanizing brother’s ex-girlfriends. A stutterer, Mason has always had a hard time socializing with others. However, he finds himself smitten with beautiful Sheila. Can he control his stutter so that he can ask Sheila to be his date to his grandmother’s Christmas birthday party?

Both Sheila and Mason deal with past pains as they work together during the Christmas season.

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Speculaas!

November 9, 2016 Posted by novelistcd

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Don’t these cookies look delicious? Have you ever eaten these before? I was browsing through my King Arthur flour catalog and saw these advertised. I did a little research about these cookies and discovered the following:

  1. It’s a shortcrust-type cookie made with different spices.
  2. Speculaas are eaten on Saint Nicolas Day (December 6th) in the Netherlands and Belgium. They are eaten in Germany around Christmas time.
  3. They usually have some image or figure stamped on the front and the back is flat.
  4. The dough can be stored overnight so that the spices can permeate the dough, giving it a richer spicy flavor.
  5. Sometimes speculaas contain slivered almonds.

I must admit, I’ve never made these before. However, I believe I’ve eaten a store-bought version of this cookie. Perhaps I will make some this Christmas! If I do, I’ll be sure to post a mouth-watering picture!

So, have you ever eaten these cookies? If so, do you enjoy them?

If you like cookies, then you should try my Christmas novella Loving Luke! It’s only 99 cents and mentions lots of sweet Christmas treats for your palate! Winter Background

 

Frosting and Flurries – Only 99 cents for five delicious romance novels!

November 1, 2016 Posted by novelistcd

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Frosting and Flurries – only 99 cents! Five delicious Christmas romance novels that you’ll enjoy! Sugar and Spice, Book 4 of The Bakery Romance Series, is part of this collection!

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Blessed Assurance

October 20, 2016 Posted by novelistcd

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Blessed Assurance by various authors

If you could take a Bible story and re-tell it in a modern way, which story would you choose?

This was a nice change from my usual Christian fiction reading. These are short stories. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a collection of short stories. These tales take Biblical stories and re-tell them in a modern day setting. Out of all of the stories, these were my favorites:

Traveling Mercies by Maurice Gray – this story is a modern day rendition of the Good Samaritan. When Matt is attacked near a group of onlookers, the only person who helps him turns out to be a prostitute named Samaria. Samaria is dealing with a lot of issues, including her lack of faith. I loved this story – it shows that even Christians sometimes turn their backs on those in need, and that non-believers are sometimes the only ones who will offer assistance.

Baby Blues by Patricia Haley – this story is based upon Sarah and Abraham

When Sarah has trouble conceiving, she convinces her friend Gayle to have a baby with her (Sarah’s) husband. Sarah’s demands causes a strange love triangle and leaves a lot of hurt feelings between the threesome. This story proves that we need to wait on God’s timing for everything.

The Best of Everything by Victoria Christopher Murray – this story is based upon Hannah

When Hannah and her husband Brandon have trouble conceiving, Hannah is stunned that there is no medical reason as to why she can’t conceive. Her desire to conceive dominates her life and causes problems in her marriage. Her husband’s ex-wife’s attitude towards her makes her angry – after all, Brandon has had several children with his ex. This story shows us that we need to be patient and trust in God for all that we want. We need to trust that God knows what’s best for us.

Jacquelin Thomas’s A Change Is Gonna Come is based upon Tamar. Dinanna’s life takes a drastic turn when her half brother rapes her. Her father does little to help her with her plight. This story show how we need to lean on God during the darkest of times. At times, even our family members abandon us during our darkest times.

If you could take a Bible story and re-tell it in a modern way, which story would you choose? How would you tell your modern day Bible story?

Shades of Chocolate – A Wonderful Review

October 18, 2016 Posted by novelistcd

I received this wonderful review for Shades of Chocolate! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, then you should! So far, this title has gotten almost 75 Amazon reviews!

Book Review: Shades of Chocolate by Cecelia Dowdy

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