Reviews for “Cracked Ice”

Cracked Ice

One December night, an ice storm blows through Oklahoma City, leaving thousands without power. Meet the residents of Primrose Apartments. Young, old, alone, in love, prey and predator. What happens when the lights go out?

LINDA’S YULETIDE LINKS by Darlene Franklin
Linda Turner doesn’t mind being homebound. Not as long as her aides arrive on time. Not as long as her life-sustaining machines keep running. But what happens an ice storm makes driving impossible, power unavailable–and her batteries run down?

SIBLINGS by Toni Chism
Matt and Harry have remained both brothers and friends their whole lives, strengthened by a boyhood vow to never let anything come between them. When an ice storm blows both frosty air and two beautiful women into their midst, will their vow hold to the very end?

EVER AFTER by Bill Garrison
Kim is starting life over in a new apartment with her three kids, when an intruder breaks in and threatens everything she holds dear. Survival may depend on the one thing she had given up on, her family.

VEILED IN ICE by Kat Lewis
My name is Celeste Ventris and there are two things I’m sure of. One, my wedding is tomorrow. And, two, I’m pretty certain there’s a thief in my apartment. Merry-freakin’-Christmas to me.

FOLLOWING AFTER by Sue Merriam
Nora Bitterman has just completed the perfect crime. Everything so well planned, she’ll never get caught – or will she?

BAD HAIR DAY by Shannon Pearson
Ashlee wonders if she will ever get married. An ice storm cancels their plans, is it the end of the line for her and Ryan?

BINARY by Chris Tarpley
Jacob has been free of his sadistic and wicked twin brother John for years. Now, John is coming to visit. With John and Jacob together again in the same small space, what will happen when the lights go out?

CRACKED ICE: What Happens When the Lights Go Out? is the second volume of short stories compiled by members of Oklahoma Christian Fiction Writers. Several authors appear in both Legacy Letters and Cracked in Ice.

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REVIEW SNIPPETS

Oh goodness, the wonderful variety of short story clips in this collection. Some very spooky and some just spooky. Nicely written! Highly recommend.

  • ROBIN

Really good stories. I liked the stories in the book. My favorite was the one by Darlene Franklin. The others were good and carried a good story.

  • KAREN

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Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!

Courage to Obey the Lord — Rusty A. Lang

Today I’m happy to introduce Rusty to you…

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Rusty A. Lang is pseudonym for Marlene Anne Morphew – speaker, preacher and writer. Her passion is for people to be released into the Kingdom of God, living a natural supernatural life for Jesus Christ. Follow on Facebook and through a regular blog. More about her publications and blogs on rustyalang.com.

COURAGE TO OBEY THE LORD

There is a perception of Christianity on some people’s radar of a sanitised person wrapped in perfect obedience. I carried this false image for many years and found I was failing miserably to measure up to my own expectations.

Then came the time I knew I was to write my life story and publish it. The courage to write was no problem. For I knew the writing exercise was not therapeutic but confirming what God had done in my life. But the fear of people surrounding publishing and then marketing became a huge hurdle.

Why was I so apprehensive?
• The transparent writing style left no stone unturned.
• It exposed areas of my life I would preferred to keep hidden.
• It opened up issues with family members that would be difficult to face.
• It obliterated anyone’s false perception of my now sanitised persona.

The Lord came to my rescue as I chose to obey him. He showed me any future ministry he led me to, Satan or the world in general could not point any finger concerning my past. For no man can judge what God has forgiven.

There is a passage in 2 Chronicles where the Spirit of the Lord speaks to the Israelites saying, …’if you seek Him, He will let you find Him, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.’

As the Israelites began to seek the Lord and find Him He responds to Asa, the King, ‘But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.’

The king obeyed the words of the Lord, by removing all the abominable idols from the land of Judah and Benjamin. Sometimes it requires courage to obey the Lord.

What is God asking you to do that is difficult?

About the Book

Chronicles the main events in the author’s life as she seeks an elusive destiny. From birth in a small town in rural NSW during World War Two, rejected by her family, wandering the globe experiencing numerous relationships and exploring experimental lifestyles. At thirty two Rusty finds love when she meets Jesus Christ. Then striving after wholeness and service for the Kingdom, she is hindered by soulful desires which bring her to the brink of overwhelming hurt and tsunami waves of anger and grief. An inspiring true story of not only survival but of overcoming many obstacles others would find unsurmountable. Available booklocker.com.

Wait with Jubilation — Dianne Barker

Today I’m happy to introduce Dianne to you…

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Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s a member of Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Christian Women in Media Association. Visit www.diannebarker.com.

Wait with Jubilation

What are you waiting for?

Writers spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting to complete a book proposal. Waiting for a publisher’s acceptance or rejection. Waiting to finish a rewrite. Waiting for a contract offer. Waiting for publication.

Waiting. Everyday. For something to happen.

How do you wait?

With apprehension or anticipation? With frustration or satisfaction? With joy or discouragement?

I’ve chosen to wait with jubilation. Love these synonyms. Elation. Triumph. Joyousness. Euphoria. Joy. Delight.

Yes! That’s just my kind of day. I’ve had enough gloom and despair.

Real life brings ugly stuff. Heartbreaking news. Disappointing outcomes. Changed pathways.

Whatever the circumstance, I’ve learned I can trust Sovereign God. My life is in his hands, and anything he allows to come my way will be for my good and his glory.

Settling that allows me to give my expectations to him and wait in jubilation.

A song of praise sends worry and discouragement scooting aside as faith strengthens and hope soars. Just my kind of day.

Praising my Lord as I wait is a choice…a decision…a mindset.

I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;

I will tell of all your wonders.

I will be glad and rejoice in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:1-2 NIV)

What are you waiting for? Praise while you wait with jubilation!

 

 

About the Book

I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! gives a light-hearted perspective on the problem of clutter and disorganization, offering practical strategies to organize space, time, and family chaos. It encourages personal renovation–purging interior garbage (low esteem, inferiority), and submitting fully to Christ, gateway to balance and abundant living.

Reviews for “An Apple for Christmas”

An Apple for Christmas

Ruby Nelson trades her job in the laboratory for teaching in a small girls’ school in Vermont. Twin sisters challenge her position—and their father captivates her imagination. Will the orchard grower graft Ruby onto his heart?

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REVIEW SNIPPETS

Ruby Nelson is the new teacher at an all girls school in 1895 Vermont. She enjoys teaching these young girls, even the challenging ones. There are twin girls, Pippin and Margil, in her class that have captured Ruby’s heart. The twins father, Mac Cortland, owns an apple orchard he and his deceased wife started years earlier. Ruby is very interested in the apple orchard as she has worked with apples before moving from New York. She also finds her heart drawn to Mac.

I enjoyed this novella very much. Loved the way Ruby and Mac interacted and the twins were delightful.”
TINA

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What a wonderful Christian fiction story. Mac has recently lost his wife and is now raising his twin daughters, Pipin and Margil. They have an Apple orchard that Mac operates and the girls help with. The girls are attending an all girl school and one is doing better than the other. When the school teacher comes out to visit about the girl’s grades, how will Mac respond? This was a very good short story that I would recommend for even middle school aged kids. I really enjoyed this book.

  • BECKY C.

Delightful love story about a Widower with twin daughters and a school teacher. How they come together is quite an entertaining read. A very feel good story for Christmas. Highly recommended.

  • ROBIN

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Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!

Writing News — March 18

Darlene Franklin dressed for deathThis week has been a time for new beginnings–I plotted out and wrote the first 1000 words of my first ever cozy mystery novella. I wrote a cozy mystery series, Dressed for Death, about 10 years. Now I’m writing a novella length cozy, Nuts for Coffee, as part of The Coffee Club Mysteries, TBR by Barbour Books in 2019.

Also this week I was featured in an interview on Christian Author’s Network: http://christianauthorsnetwork.com/a-chat-with-author-darlene-franklin/

I’m also having a lot of fun working on puzzles for different kids’ magazines. Please pray for me as I seek paying work in this field, and also pray for my agent as she works with me on book proposals.

Character Exploration — Kathleen Rouser

Today I’m happy to introduce Kathleen to you…

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Kathleen Rouser is the award-winning author of Rumors and Promises, her first novel about the people of fictional Stone Creek, Michigan, and its sequel, Secrets and Wishes. Kathleen wanted to be a writer before she could even read. She lives in Michigan with her hero and husband, Jack, and the sassy tailless cat who found a home in their empty nest.

Connect on:
Her website – kathleenrouser.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kathleenerouser/
Twitter handle – @KathleenRouser

Character Exploration

This is a little brainstorming exercise that can help you when you’re stuck. Not sure you know your character well enough? Or perhaps what they need to do next to progress the story?

Have fun with your characters. I start by praying for God’s leading. Close your eyes and picture your character. Where is he/she? Think about the sights, sounds and smells around them, putting yourself in their shoes. Now, what is your character doing? Talking to someone? Looking for something? Painting a picture? Or just a wall? Playing a musical instrument? Running down a road? Sitting under a tree?

You may find new things out about your character you never thought of before. I had a character, who had a lost love she “hadn’t told me” about before. He returned to her life. I wound up with a whole new twist to my plot. My character actually wound up marrying this lost love, who becomes a stepfather to her son. This complicates family relationships and holds her back for a time from making important decisions she needs to make about her commitment to God. Doing the brainstorming exercise brought out a whole new layer to her story.

It’s funny how a simple five or ten-minute exercise of the imagination can help breathe new life into a story, give more depth to a character and guide them down paths we hadn’t originally planned.

Do you have a “stuck” two-dimensional character that needs to have more depth of “life” breathed into them? Try this exercise and see what happens!

Secrets and Wishes

Tag line – Can unexpected love flourish amid the ashes of grief?

More than fists fly after a fight between Philip and Zeke. When their widowed parents, Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper meet they can’t seem to agree on much.

But when he is deathly ill, Maggie nurses him back to health, and takes his children in hand. Growing affection between them is quickly denied by both. An old beau appears offering Maggie a new opportunity. But then tragedy strikes the town and Thomas and Maggie find themselves working together to save the children of Stone Creek from a huckster’s potion.

As Maggie considers leaving town, Thomas wants to offer her an alternative. Is he too late to declare his love to the angel of mercy who has captured his heart?

Writing News — March 4

Surprise, surprise! Pray Through the Bible in a Year Journal, scheduled for a November 1st release from Barbour, is available for preorder now. This book greatly blessed me in the writing of it, and I hope you will join me on the exciting journey.

Pray Your Way through the Bible–in 365 Days!

This beautiful deluxe journal features a plan for reading through the Bible in a year with an accompanying devotional prayer inspired by that day’s scripture reading.  Each entry encourages you to read a passage from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs and provides plenty of journaling space for you to record your thoughts and prayers.  It’s a lovely way to keep track of a year spent in prayer and in God’s Word!

https://www.amazon.com/Pray-through-Bible-Year-Journal/dp/1683227344/

I have finished the rough draft of Puss ‘n’ Boots. Praising the Lord! I had a lot of fun writing this one.

Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers (OCFW) is starting on our third annual collaboration. Details coming.

Reviews for “Angel in Disguise”

Angel in Disguise

New convert Rosie Carson can’t understand why her church doesn’t do more to help the needy of San Antonio, the way the early church did–and decides to do something about it. Texas Ranger Owen Cooper, home recuperating from a wound, is recruited to investigate a series of petty thefts among church members. Can Rosie and Owen do the right thing for the poor, for the victims–for each other?

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REVIEW SNIPPETS

“A heartwarming story of redemption, new life in Christ and belief in oneself. The ending was very touching!

Rosie an angel in disguise, though her methods need a lot of work! A new convert to Christianity, she absorbs all she can from the church on the teachings of Christ.—ever curious and eager to learn! She literally takes the teaching of taking care of the poor and providing for the orphans to heart. When approaching the church on her ideas concerning this, many look down on her due to her sullied past. Only one person truly knows her and knows she’s a new creation—Ranger Owen Cooper. Now to convince the rest of the congregation! Not easy breaking through hardened hearts, but God can! I admire Rosie’s heartfelt love and compassion for those who are less fortunate than her. I love how Cooper protects her and shows her a better way of fulfilling God’s call on her life. And I detect a bit of romance brewing for these two! Seeing the church finally embrace her ideas, it truly warmed my heart. May we always be the same way, providing for the poor & needy among us!”
TRIXI

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Oh my, oh my, oh my! This is such a good book. I truly felt for Rosie, a new Christian, as she applied scripture to her life. However, the ends do not justify the means and she could get into some real trouble. Very clean, easy to read, and engaging story I highly recommend.

  • ROBIN

This was a sweet fast read.

Rosie was poor and did whatever she needed to in order to survive. Will God change her heart? One way to find out….”

  • MARSHA B.

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Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!

Writing News — February 18

Here is the cover for my next novella, which is scheduled for release on April 1. It’s part of the xxx collection.

It’s another retold fairy-tale. Puss ‘n Boots comes to life on the coast of Maine when Max Roy’s father leaves him nothing except the fishing shack they used during the summers and their old fishing boat. A Will she be the harbinger of good fortune as he pursues the lessons his father wanted him to learn?

I’m halfway through the rough draft. It has a number of autobiographical notes. I used my great-granddaughter and granddaughter’s middle names for the heroine: Alyvia Bailey. And I decided to not only draw on my experiences in East Boothbay, but I actually set the shack along the bend in the road from my parents’ cottage back in the day.

Toss in Bootsie the kitten and Thomas, the wise older tom cat, two of my favorite creatures on earth, the story is practically writing itself. Today, how will Alyvia react now that’s she’s learned a little bit more of Max’s history? I can’t wait to find out.

I’m also working on a proposal for 100 Ways to build a Christian Writing Career. It’s not about how to write, or how to market, even. More about the business of writing, time management, record keeping, business contacts, etc.

Review of All Roads Lead Home are beginning are beginning to trickle in.

“Really fun and interesting story…” Judy DeVries

“This is an amazing book. I’m not totally convinced the 1st page isn’t a time travel portal… It certainly FELT like I was right there in Waynoka, OK.” Sarah Sarber

“The history that was involved in this story was as amazing and along the stops that they made.” Karen Riley

Writing News — February 11

Finished at last! ALL ROADS LEAD HOME

ALL ROADS LEADS TO … WAYNOKA, OKLAHOMA?
One day Graceanne Willis was enjoying a softball game between the Waynoka Harvey Girls team and a team made of train engineers from the same depot.

Then Charles Lindberg landed on the playing field and announced his plans make Waynoka the hub of the first ever transcontinental transport service by air-and-train. Graceanne’s beau Peter is offered a job with the fledgling air transport

Does Graceanne trust God—and Peter–enough to let go? The two of them embark on a cross country journey to discover whether their paths will merge, or head in separate directions.

My story about the Harvey Girls, Charles Lindbergh and softball turned into a journey of discovery, as my heroine and hero traversed my beloved Southwest via the Santa Fe Railroad and stopping at some of the most famous Harvey Hotels. Join them on the trip—I believe you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

ALL ROADS LEAD HOME is now available for purchase at https://www.amazon.com/Roads-Lead-Home-Darlene-Franklin-ebook/dp/B079NLB48P/

All Roads Lead Home was the most difficult novella I’ve written in a long time. After writing 7 novellas in 2018, it’s taken me four months. When I reached crunch time in January, I ended up in the hospitals and computer problems caused me to have to edit the same four chapters four times!

So it’s with a huge sigh of relief and offering of gratitude, I’m glad to say I’ve also turned in Praying through the Bible In a Year! That’s scheduled for release next November.

Next week I’ll fill you in on what’s next. Until then, stop by https://www.bookfun.org/ for the February issue of The Book Fun magazine with my View Through my Door column.