Guest Post — Linda Ford

Today I’m happy to introduce Linda to you…

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Linda Ford grew up devouring books and making up stories in her head, often late at night when she couldn’t sleep. But she hadn’t planned to write. Instead, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, that dream came true. She married, had 4 homemade children, adopted 10 and lived her dream. She lives on a small ranch in western Alberta, where she can see the mountains every day. She and her husband continue to enjoy their children and grandchildren. Linda also provides care for a paraplegic, double amputee man. She still finds a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction in creating imaginary worlds only now she does it on paper or rather, at the computer.

 

 

Linda Ford here. Nice to visit with you. I am an author of over 60 romances, mostly historical and mostly cowboy stories. You can find me at www.lindaford.org. There is a button on the top left hand side that will allow you to sign up for my newsletter. You can also get a free story from me.

My latest release, Second-Chance Bride, is available on Kindle. It is the third in the Dakota Brides series.

With her husband now deceased, Freyda’s survival is in her own hands. If she can manage the two stubborn horses her husband left, she can manage the homestead too. But the horses prove unmanageable and she has no choice but to strike a reluctant bargain with her near neighbor. In exchange for his help, she will care for his two little boys.

Ward has known nothing but pain and disappointment in his relationships with women. It makes it difficult to trust his pretty neighbor.

His walls of distrust and past hurts are high–maybe too high for Freyda to scale. Can she, and two little boys, open his heart to love again?

Available here: https://tinyurl.com/y7jvzv8h

I want to share one of my experiences as an author.

Book sales were disappointing. The current work in progress was not coming together. And winter was long, cold and white. I knew my mental enemies by name: Discouragement, Despair, Depression and Defeat. I sensed them closing in on me and felt powerless to defend myself but I had no desire to let them overcome me.

At church, the preacher was speaking on 2 Timothy chapter 4, in which Paul instructs the young Timothy on how to continue in his task. In verse 5, he says, ‘Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.’ (New International Version)

The sermon touched a chord in my heart. Did not the same admonitions apply to me and my life?

  1. Keep my head. As Rudyard Kipling says in his poem If:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs
…If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

…You’ll be a man, my son!

I don’t want to be a man, thanks. But I do want to keep my head. I think that means not letting the circumstances dictate my decisions and choices or even my attitude.

  1. Endure hardships. Who promised me a rose garden? A 6-figure income? No one. Instead, I must run toward the prize. I must not give up.
  2. Do the work. That part is relatively easy. My work is to write stories. I’m not saying it’s always easy. Sometimes I press my head to my palms and cry in frustration. No, writing is often hard work. But unless I continue to do it, I won’t be going forward.
  3. Discharge the duties. That’s where the rubber hits the road for me. The duties of an author in this present world include doing the job of an editor (or hiring it done). The same with cover art. And then there is publicity. All things that are beyond the scope of writing and yet necessary to my work.

I found these four guidelines so encouraging that I have written them in the front of my journal as my roadmap. Maybe you’ll find them encouraging too.

Blessings.

 

Writing News — May 13

I have finished the rough draft for Nuts for Coffee (part of the Coffee Club Mysteries, to be released by Barbour Books in 2019) Yippie! It’s a fun cozy mystery about a retired office worker on the track of the killer of her former boss’s daughter.

I’ve also received edits back on the re-release of Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter, in this fall’s Old West Christmas Brides from Barbour Books. (https://www.amazon.com/Old-West-Christmas-Brides-Historical/dp/1683227166/)

As soon as I finish: Nuts for Coffee, I’ll be planning my Christmas novella, The Christmas Candle Caper, part of A Small Town Christmas (coming from Forget Me Not Romances this fall)

My May column on God’s traffic lights is now available at:

https://www.bookfun.org/

http://seniornewsandliving.com/020915/darlene-franklin-gods-traffic-light/

I’m working on an article about living with my daughter’s mental illness for Issues I Face. More details soon!

After the fun I had with April’s PAD challenge, I created my own chart of poetry prompts using letters, colors, parts of speech, and poetry forms.

Here’s a rather silly result, based on “D” and orange:

Danger Cones

Tall Cones

Orange plastic

–Do not defy the warnings—

Wet floors and accidents alike

A movable alarm


I’m happier with this one:


How happy a Highland holiday

A hammock in the heather at harvesttime.

Hastening through happy hours

A hamlet where hope is harnessed

Inhabitants hardworking and honest

The Wedding Vow Series

Forget Me Not Romances is releasing a series of collection centered around phrases in traditional wedding vows, both traditional and contemporary stories.

I have stories in several volumes. You may have read (or not) my story, but if you buy the collection, you’ll get to meet my fellow Forget Me Not authors. Each title includes five novellas by various Forget Me Not Authors. For only 99 cents, you won’t find a better deal!

Until Death Do Us Part Historical includes my story, Colorado Columbine

www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWFH424

To Love and to Cherish Contemporary includes my story, Her Royal Highness

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CW37TCH/

To Love and to Cherish Historical includes my story, All Roads Lead Home

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CW2CSDR

Writing News — May 6

Writing:

I’m two-thirds of the way through writing Nuts for Coffee. Woo hoo! I’m well on my way to meeting my June 1st deadline. And I think I just may know who did it. . .

I’m writing a devotional or magazine article every three-four days as well.

Publications:

Pray through the Bible in a Year Journal will be available for purchase in November, but check out the stunning cover Barbour created! http://www.barbourbooks.com/product/Pray-through-the-Bible-in-a-Year-Journal

I completed the poem-a-day challenge for April and have in fact continued to write a poem every day so far in May. Here’s the poem I wrote on the last day about the month about the experience:

On Completing my first P.A.D. Challenge

 

Some poems were simply rhythm and rhyme,

Fancy words that missed their point.

Thinking they’d replace the mime.

Action verbs can state viewpoint,

Though my choices aren’t yet prime,

And my lines may disappoint.

 

Day by day, I’m satisfied:

Solid work, if not so great.

In poem’s garden I’ll abide

Every day a fresh, clean slate.

Writing News — April 22

This month I’ve had fun participating in a poem-a-day challenge for National Poetry Month. So far I have over twenty poems written in a variety of forms. It’s been a blast!

I’m also half-way through writing a novella that will come out in print from Barbour early next year. It’s a cozy mystery called Nuts for Coffee, one of seven stories in Coffee House Mysteries. Jo Anderson is drawn to sleuthing when the hazelnut creamer she received for her birthday becomes a murder weapon.

Check out these exciting new books!

My latest novella, Of Cash and Cats (https://amzn.to/2qNVurP) is available for a temporary low price of 99 cents. This retelling of the classic fairy tale Puss ‘n’ Boots takes place in my hometown of East Boothbay, Maine.

Check out this new collection from Forget Me Not Romances: From This Day Forward Historical Romances (https://amzn.to/2HPaUUL). It includes my story, To Riches Again, as stories from four other authors.

New online is a different take on my daughter’s suicide at: https://bit.ly/2K4EczG

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.

Learn more at Amazon

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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?

Learn more at Amazon

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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.