Love #ChristianFiction With a #Futuristic #Thriller Vibe? Check out These #Books! #FridayReads

Friday Book Round-Up 2018


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Recently, I had the opportunity to read a Christian Futuristic Thriller and it whet my reader’s appetite for more. So, I browsed on Goodreads and Amazon to see what was new in this genre. I found a bunch of titles (some even free or 99 cents) and discovered new-to-me authors. These are the ones I recommend, just based on reading some reviews and the blurb:


The Last Safe Place: A Psychological Thriller by Ninie Hammon  (Author)

Meet Yesheb al Tobbanoft: Rich. Handsome. Psychotic. Deadly.


Yesheb’s delusional voices whisper in his ear that he is the Beast of Babylon from Gabriella Carmichael’s novel about demons. So he turns up at a book-signing and then stalks her, determined to make her his bride—and to slaughter her son as a human sacrifice, a blood offering to seal their union.


Gabriella and her family run from the lunatic back through her memories to a childhood summer and a cabin called St. Elmo’s Fire–where she discovers that facing the demons from her past is as difficult and dangerous as escaping the one who stalks her. And where she encounters again the magic of a single perfect bristlecone pine tree that saved her life when she was eight years old.


When Yesheb shows up and corners his prey on the mountainside, the only thing that stands between Gabriella and the madness of a homicidal psychopath is the power of that tree.


A tree that maybe…just maybe…peeked out of the ground on a Colorado mountainside at the moment a man named Jesus breathed his last breath on another tree on the other side of the planet two thousand years ago.


Set against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains, award-winning suspense and thriller writer Ninie Hammon weaves a spell-binding story of insanity and terror—coupled with her characteristic dusting of the “unexplainable.” If you’re a fan of fast-paced action, tangled plots, believable characters and themes that will challenge some of your most cherished beliefs, don’t start this book at bedtime –or you could be in for an all-nighter.



Frozen Footprints (Christian Suspense Thriller) by Therese Heckenkamp  (Author)

“Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.”


Eighteen-year-old twins Charlene and Max Perigard have grown up under the wealthy but tyrannical rule of their oil-tycoon grandfather. When Max disappears and a ransom note shows up, Charlene’s world is shattered. Fearing the worst, she determines to find her brother before it’s too late. Her quest hurls her into a twisted, frigid world of snow and ice . . . and leads to terror in an isolated cabin. Together the twins struggle for survival while enduring fierce trials of mind, body, and spirit. Devoid of all worldly comfort and consolation, will faith and hope be enough to get them through this chilling nightmare? And where is Charlene’s hero when she needs one the most?


Christian suspense thriller for ages 16 and up


An Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller in Religious Drama

2013 CALA Award Finalist

Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval


After the Thaw, the sequel to Frozen Footprints, is now available on Kindle and in paperback!

“Suspense ratchets up page by page.” — Award-winning author Gerard D. Webster

“A fast-paced thriller.” — Popular author Sarah A. Reinhard

“As thrilling as Hitchcock…”–


From young adult to new adult and beyond, this Christian suspense thriller is a chilling yet inspirational read for all fans of clean suspense and mystery fiction. Particularly ideal for Christmas and winter reading.


The Road to Armageddon by Clabe Polk  (Author), Felicia Sullivan (Editor)



Mark Bishop has too much month left when his money runs out. Seeking relief, he opened a bank account at new bank, International Financial Services (IFS)


He never suspects that he is buying into a strategy for world domination operated by the Antichrist…or that his world is plummeting toward the War of Armageddon.


He never suspects he and his family will be homeless, hunted and have an IFS bounty on their heads.


He never suspects he and his family will endure starvation, imprisonment, slavery and natural disasters.


Or that he will lose all he has has…in order to gain the only thing that counts.



Mark and his family are victims.





The Road to Armageddon is a compelling story of struggle, survival and redemption during the Great Tribulation.


The Days of Noah, Book One: Conspiracy: A Novel of the End Times in America by Mark Goodwin  (Author)

Is a secret cabal working to collapse the international economy, usher in a global government, and establish a one-world currency? Tennessee public school teacher, Noah Parker, like many in the United States, has been asleep at the wheel. During his complacency, the founding precepts of America have been slowly, systematically destroyed by a conspiracy that dates back hundreds of years.


Cassandra Parker, Noah’s wife, has diligently followed end-times prophecy and the shifting tide against freedom in America. Noah has tried to avoid the subject, but when charges are filed against him for deviating from the approved curriculum in his school, he quickly understands the seriousness of the situation. The signs can no longer be ignored, and Noah is forced to prepare for the cataclysmic period of financial and political upheaval ahead.


Meanwhile, in an off-site CIA facility outside of Langley, rookie analyst Everett Carroll discovers he’s not being told the whole truth. He’s instructed to disregard troubling information uncovered by his research. Everett ignores his directive and keeps digging. What he finds goes against everything he’s been taught to believe. Unfortunately, his curiosity doesn’t escape the attention of his superiors, and it may cost him his life.


Watch through the eyes of Noah Parker and Everett Carroll as the world descends into chaos, a global empire takes shape, ancient writings are fulfilled, and the last days fall upon the once-great United States of America.


The Days of Noah, Book One: Conspiracy by Mark Goodwin, is a fast-paced fiction thriller, which looks at how modern conspiracies could play into Biblical prophecy concerning the end times. Buy your copy and jump into this near-future, post-apocalyptic adventure today!


As with all books by Mark Goodwin, this book contains no profanity and no embarrassing sex scenes. However, if you’re offended by conservative principles and references to Scripture, this book might not be for you.


Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye by Patrick Higgins  (Author)

It was the weekend before Thanksgiving. More than 100,000 fans were jammed inside Michigan Stadium, on their feet, to witness a heated football rivalry that had spanned more than 100 years. As the football was kicked into the snow-filled sky, they were about to get the shock of their lives, as long-foretold Bible prophecy came to pass before their very eyes, causing many to vanish into thin air without a trace.


But what they soon realized was that it reached far beyond Michigan Stadium. Chaos of unimaginable proportions ensued worldwide. Shock, fear and panic filled each heart and mind. It was just the beginning of things to come, as life as humanity had known it was forever changed in the blink of an eye…


The Goliath Code: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller (Book One) by Suzanne Leonhard  (Author)

“Compelling, devastatingly dystopian, action-packed, original.”–Jim Thompson, Original Content.




America has become a wasteland, trapped in a suffocating volcanic winter.


In an isolated Pacific Northwest town, sixteen-year-old Sera Donner struggles to persevere in a post-apocalyptic nightmare where neighbor turns against neighbor and survival of the fittest has become the law of the land. Sera is determined to lay low, avoid conflict, and endure. But when her disabled brother is designated a liability and targeted for extermination, she quickly discovers just how far she’s willing to go to protect the people she loves.


Everyone Left Behind: 4 minutes to chaos by Time O. Day (Author)

Hershal had grown tired of his wife Priscilla’s doom and gloom, End Times, vision of the future and wasn’t about to do anymore stockpiling for it either. He just wanted to retire in peace. Change descended when he accidentally shot a Peeping Tom. Though he buried him on his remote Montana property, he couldn’t bury the man’s curse. Haunted by it, and about to be found out, he sent up a desperate prayer. That night he had a strange dream. Priscilla’s interpretation of the dream was to stockpile enough food to look after seventy people for five years because perilous times were surely coming . . .



Have you read any Christian Futuristic Suspense/Thrillers? If so, which one is your favorite? Share in the comments below.


MRS N, Book Addict




The Road to Armageddon by @ClabePolk is Riveting and a Must-Read! #bookreview #FridayReads

The Road to Armegeddon


Title: The Road to Armageddon

Author: Clabe Polk

Genre: Christian Fiction, Christian Science Fiction, Futuristic


Book Blurb:

“THE BISHOP FAMILY: WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE FOR INSURRECTION AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT” reads the poster spread far and wide by International Financial Services.

Mark Bishop is a family man with a wife, a teen-aged son and too much month left when the money runs out. He needs financial resources. International Financial Services (IFS) can offer him those resources, but there’s a catch.

Ken Clifford, IFS manager for the Americas, has a psychological obsession. It doesn’t matter what he has to do or who he has to hurt, he will control his domain. Clifford loathes people like Mark Bishop who defy his authority.

Ken Clifford’s boss, Gerhardt Schmidt (the Antichrist), known in financial circles as “The Cardinal”, is CEO of IFS. Schmidt is commanded by Satan, “The Serpent”, whose mission is control of every human being on Earth. The supply of every conceivable essential resource is rationed by IFS.

Impossible? Mark Bishop thought so.

Now, Mark and his family are prey. Homeless and hungry, they are caught in the world-wide struggle of good versus evil leading to the Battle of Armageddon. Can they, or any human, survive treachery, hostility, slavery, natural disasters, disease, and starvation?

Will Clifford successfully take the Bishop family ‘dead or alive’ to satisfy his ego and ensure obedience at any cost?


My Review:

It’s the end of the world. No, really it is. The end of the world is here, complete with the Antichrist running the International Financial Services and wreaking havoc on everyone, including Mark and his family.


Mark is like the rest of us, short on cash and it’s not even the end of the month. He needs money fast, so he decides to take an opportunity at IFS. It seems too good to be true but when he discovers who’s behind IFS suddenly his life and family’s lives are in danger. There’s a bounty on their head and they must flee with the clothes on their back. With the end of days close at hand, everything becomes a battle of good versus evil, from natural disasters to imprisonment, and Mark is left with a choice most terrifying. When all is stripped away, what truly matters and would you be willing to die for it?


Not since reading the Left Behind series, have I read such a realistic fictionalized account of the Book of Revelations. Polk has a natural ability to draw the reader into his world through descriptive narration and world building. But it’s the characters that sold me on this book. They’re the straw that stirs the drink, so to speak, and I was hooked from the beginning.


If you’re not into Christian fiction, please give this a try. You won’t find any preaching here, just an imaginative story about the end of days. There’s a lot of intrigue and action to pump any reader’s pulse. I love how events happen that I wasn’t expecting, too. Another kudos to Polk’s ability as an author. Highly recommend!


Favorite Character/Quote: Ken Clifford. I know, I know, he’s a bad guy but he’s so well-crafted and deliciously evil. I got excited every time it came to his scenes and POV.


My Rating: 5 stars


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CLABE POLK is into a second career as a writer of fiction. So far, he has written three novels, three novellas, several short stories, and has a couple of other novels in process. He is a Christian and a lifelong reader with a great variety of life experiences that has led him to write a variety of different types of fiction.


Having an educational background in biology and natural sciences, Mr. Polk applied his knowledge and experience in professional environmental protection, retiring after nearly thirty-seven years in environmental protection program management, law enforcement, chemical emergency response and training. He grew up in and spent most of his life among the woods, waters, fields, farms and industries of Florida and Georgia. Besides reading and writing, he loves fishing, boating, sailing, gardening and anything creative.


He lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters, and the family’s Cockapoo named Annie.


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Title: Princess of the Light

Author: N. N. Light


Mary Miller receives a startling visitation from Gabriel, the Messenger of God. The Archangel reveals an astounding truth–Mary is the Princess of the Light and even more amazing, her destiny is to battle Lucifer’s army of demons and restore the balance of good and evil on Earth. It’s getting harder to fulfill her new role and keep her identity secret while juggling her personal life, and when Than, Lucifer’s second in command, amps up the attacks on her, she knows she needs help.

Joe Deacons is everything she’s ever wanted in a man. And as providence would have it, in a moment of great need, he’s the Warrior of Light–the one who can help her defeat the forces of darkness.

Not so simple when they confront Lisbeth, a demon hell-bent on usurping Than and Lucifer himself. When Lisbeth wages war and several innocent people die, Mary must form an alliance with her enemy in order to destroy her. But will this be a grave error or the choice that saves their world?

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Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

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Princess of the Light by N. N. Light #Giveaway + New Excerpt #ASMSG #IARTG #PNR


Title: Princess of the Light

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Inspirational Fiction


Inspiring spiritual growth one person at a time


Gabriel, the Archangel and Messenger of God – yeah, that Gabriel – visits Mary Miller. He tells her, as the key, she is destined to spread the Light and vanquish the Darkness. Her first assignment is to restore the soul of the Walking Man. Sounds simple enough — until she’s thrown into the face of evil. And then, Joe Deacons enters her heart. This battle just got a lot more complicated. She must complete her mission without losing all she loves.

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As I walked into my apartment, Gabriel chuckled and said, “Ah love is such a beautiful thing is it not?” Then he cleared his throat and sat up straighter on the sofa. “We have to talk, Mary.”

“Gabriel—” I started.

“Yes, we’re alone.” Thanks for reading my thoughts again, I wanted to say sarcastically. “Your roommate is out with her boyfriend.”

I nodded and leaned back against the door. I tried to relax but I was on edge. Gabriel had more to tell me about my powers and what was expected of me as the Princess of the Light. I closed my eyes and said a quick prayer: Lord, please help me to understand whatever it is that Gabriel is about to tell me.

I opened my eyes to see Gabriel smiling at me. “Okay, mental eavesdropper, I am ready.”

“Than has, in fact, employed the help of Lisbeth, just as I’d mentioned earlier. You are now being protected by four of my strongest angels. They are to keep you safe from harm and to alert you when danger is coming.”

I nodded and he continued.

“For far too long, demons like Than have influenced humans. The time has come for that to change and that is where you come in. You are God’s Chosen and you will rid the world of evil and restore goodness to Earth.”

Me? How was just one person to rid the world of evil?

I suddenly had the urge to pace. I leaned over and took off my heels.

Gabriel spoke softly, “Princess…”

I held up my hands in protest to him and said as respectfully as I could, “This is what I do to think. Please don’t try to read my thoughts, ok?”

Gabriel nodded and sat on the sofa watching me.

I put my hands down and started pacing again. Fear and doubt crept into my heart, and I stopped mid-step and closed my eyes. My father’s voice echoed in my head: Angel, you can move mountains. All you have to do is have a little faith and God will do the rest.

I put my head in my hands and cried. Gabriel quickly closed the distance between us. He wrapped his arms around me and didn’t say a word, auditory or otherwise. He just let me cry in my self-pity for a while, absorbed in my thoughts.

I sometimes sensed my father’s presence and could faintly smell his cologne. He always felt near, but I hadn’t been able to hear his voice in a long time. When I heard it a moment ago, it was wonderful, but heart-wrenching.

“Gabriel, do you think I can really defeat Than?” I tried to search his eyes for the truth.

He said simply, “Of course you can.”

I nodded and closed my eyes. Nothing could have stopped my dad, but I wasn’t sure I was as strong as he had been.

“Princess, God’s plan is revealed to all of us in the proper time.” He paused. “Have faith,” he echoed my father’s words. The reality of him doing so warmed my heart.

“You will save the life of André. Right now, the darkness has him in its clutches and André feels that he has nothing left. He feels despair and thinks there is nothing he can do to get back his life. The demons practically feed off of that negative energy to survive and have shrouded André’s entire existence—inside and out—in darkness.”

“I followed André to the cul-de-sac,” I said. “I saw André was hunched over and he didn’t appear to have any Light.” That poor man. He has lost all hope.

Gabriel nodded and a flash of light flew out of Gabriel’s hand. White smoke appeared in the center of the floor in front of me and I turned to watch it. The fog cleared and I gasped.


Fury flooded my body and I stood up and raised my hands level with Than’s chest. Die! I screamed inside.

Nothing happened. If I focused on using the Light, evil had no choice but to run and hide. Why didn’t he?

“Concentrate,” Gabriel instructed. “This is merely an exercise.”

With my hands raised once again, and I said firmly, “Light destroys the Darkness. Evil cannot stand against it.” Purple light flew out of my hands like lightning bolts and obliterated Than. Smiling to myself, I looked back at Gabriel.

“See, it is not about killing,” he said, obviously referring to the thought that accompanied my previous attempt. “That is the way of evil. It is about destroying evil with the Light. Your motive must always be about ridding the world of evil.” Gabriel paused as I sat down again.

“So, my heart must always be pure?” I turned to Gabriel.

“That is right, Princess. Your heart must always be pure. You don’t want evil to have an opportunity to take advantage and try to turn you against God.”

I tried to keep the puzzled look off of my face, but Gabriel could still read my thoughts. Did he realize how difficult that would be?

“I have feelings of love and borderline attraction towards you,” Gabriel blurted. “You do not realize that you give off such love of the Lord that it is easy for an angel like me to be attracted to you.”

Gabriel paused when I stepped back in shock, feeling my face heat up. “I swear I have a point,” he continued with a laugh. “Outside the restaurant when I was chatting with Than and Lisbeth, they saw me looking at you in an overly protective manner. They saw my weakness and tried to use it against me.”

I was a little unnerved by that.

I nodded and said, “Gabriel, I—”

A male voice interrupted me and said slyly, “I couldn’t have said it better myself.”

I whipped my head around to see Than leaning casually against the front door. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up; this was no apparition.

Gabriel’s wings flew out and he rose to his full height and Light flooded the room. Than covered his face and made a familiar low, guttural sound.

I cautiously made my way to the center of the living room. “What are you doing here, Than?” My question hung in the air.

Than growled at Gabriel, “You’re not playing by the rules.”

Gabriel lowered his wings and Than lowered his hands, as Gabriel let his Light dim.

I smiled coyly and said, “It’s not polite to ignore a woman’s question, Than.”

Than balked and said sarcastically, “I am sorry my dear, I was being lambasted with Gabriel here. What was the question again?”

Regardless of his attempt to cover it with sarcasm, I could still feel fear growing in Than. I crossed my arms over my chest and smiled back at him. “I said what are you doing here?”

Than smiled and said, “I’ve come here to warn you. If you try to interfere with the Walking Man, as you humans call him, you will wind up dead and so will that man of yours.”

“Is that supposed to scare me?”

Than shrugged then started to sputter and shake with anger. I glanced at Gabriel to see what was going on between them, but he was looking approvingly at me.

I blinked in disbelief as Than’s eyes widened. I stared into his eyes and heard him whisper, “What the…”

Out of the corner of my eye, misty light covered the distance between Than and I. My breath quickened and my pulse raced. Under my breath I said, “What’s going on?”

No one replied and as Than covered his eyes, my mouth dropped open. Than exploded upon contact with the misty light that was coming from me.

“Impressive, Princess.”

I turned to Gabriel and closed my mouth a few times. “Did I do that?”

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Author Bio: N. N. Light has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

She was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband MR N. She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking. Her mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find her on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. She is a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.

Part of the proceeds of Princess of the Light will go directly to food banks in order to feed the hungry and help those in need. With only 7,500 books sold, N. N. Light will be able to set up a monthly endowment for the local food bank.

In addition to being an author, she’s also a book promoter/reviewer and social media marketer. She loves books, has ever since she was young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives her great pleasure.

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Book Spotlight + A Note From the Author~ Border Danger by Alice Wootson #RomanticSuspense

A special note from the author:

“I have been so busy enjoying my second career. I never would have thought it possible. I retired as a teacher and went right into writing. I was blessed by having my first novel picked up by the first editor to whom I submitted. Now my 12th book, Border Danger was released in August. It follows Border Love and is the second novel featuring Border Patrol agents stationed in Brownsville, Texas, on the Texas/Mexican border.  Both are inspirational romantic suspense novels. My next novel, What’s in a Name?, will be released at the end of November. It’s  romantic suspense, too. What’s in a Name is about a graduate student whose name matches that of a man on the government’s watch list for terrorists. He’s not who they’re looking for, but a lot happens before the agency finds that out.”

Border Danger

Title: Border Danger

Author: Alice Wootson

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

Does his offer of friendship Host a hidden motive?

Religion is an important part of Nita Johnson’s life. Whenever confronted with a difficult or unsure situation, she seeks God’s direction and guidance. When Nita finds herself attracted to the agent training her, she questions if he is the one for her…after all, not only is he known as “The Resident Torturer” by his trainees, but his relationship with God isn’t on friendly terms.

A traumatic event forced Agent Craig Sawyer to give up on God. Having experienced the deep sting of loss, he vows never to develop a close bond with anybody ever again. He battles his desire to pursue a relationship with Nita, but loses the fight. When her life is in danger, will he turn back to God?


Nita Johnson was tired. Late Friday afternoon on a warm mid-April day, she dragged her weary body back to the dormitory at the Border Patrol Academy in Brownsville, Texas. She tried not to walk like a hobbled horse, but found it impossible. The past week seemed a year long. Silently she asked the question that was on her mind more during those days than before: Lord, did I hear you right? Is this where you want me to be? Sometimes people think they hear God direct them, but it’s really their own wants they hear.

Stay. The word was so clear she looked around. Nobody was there. Okay. Despite her aches, she relaxed a bit.

The written test was grueling and I thought the physical training up until this week was as hard as it would get. It couldn’t be more difficult than my SWAT training. She shook her head. Boy, was I wrong. That was nothing compared to this past week.

When her roommate, Rennie, left three days into the physical training, Nita tried to convince her it would get easier. It was hard at first, but got easier after your body adjusted. Rennie left anyway.

The first ten weeks lulled Nita into thinking the worse was over and it would be a downhill glide to graduation.

She shuffled into her room, gave the door a weak push shut, glanced at the bed, then eased to the floor and stretched out on the carpet. Even her bones were weary. Maybe by tomorrow she’d have strength to get up. Possibly, she’d even have the energy to take a shower. She folded her hands across her middle and thought of the person responsible for her condition: Agent Craig Sawyer.

He was substituting for Officer Glen Young. Something was driving him. The trainees nicknamed him The Resident Torturer. He looked as if he didn’t quit exercising his six-foot plus body even after he released the class for the day.

His image loomed in her mind and settled into place as if he was standing in front of her. His finely-honed features and smooth looks could be at home on the cover of a men’s fashion magazine. On the other hand, he could be mistaken for someone in a corporate setting; at least until you looked at his eyes. Nita frowned. Ruthlessness looked as if it had lived there for a long time. They reminded her of shark’s eyes. Craig Sawyer was one angry man.

She bent her knees and twisted her legs to one side and her arms to the other. Then she reversed positions. The ache in her muscles proved she was still alive: Dead people didn’t hurt. She stretched her hands over her head until she felt the pull down the length her spine.

A few minutes later she stood. She thought of soaking in a tub of hot water, but she wasn’t sure her muscles would lift her out. She opted for a shower.

As the water beat on her shoulders and back, she tried to think of a suitable punishment for Agent Sawyer. She gave up when nothing harsh enough came to mind. He didn’t know how blessed he was that she was a Christian. She wished she had a way to make the weekend last longer.

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Alice Greenhowe Wootson grew up in Rankin, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Cheyney University, a Masters’ Degree in Education, Principal Certification and Reading Specialist Certification. She retired from the School District of Philadelphia.

Alice Wootson in the award-winning author of twelve novels. She is also a poet and many of her poems have won awards and recognition. She wrote her first poem as an assignment when she was in fifth grade. As an adult she discovered romance novels and after reading many of them she decided to write one. She writes romance novels because she likes happy endings.

She is a member of The Philadelphia Writers Conference, the Mad Poets Society, Romance Writers of America and Authors Guild.

Alice has presented writing workshops for several chapters of Romance Writers of America, the Philadelphia Writers Conference, The North Wildwood Writers Conference, several Romance Slam Jam conferences, libraries, bookstores and adult and children’s writing groups. She is happy to meet with book clubs and group of readers.

Alice Wootson is a member of several ministries at her church: Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

She and her husband leave one son at home every winter to watch their three dogs so they can be ‘Snowbirds’ in the Orlando area.

She uses any spare time she can find reading, traveling and spending time with her husband, her sons and her three grandchildren.

Alice is always working on her latest novel or piece of poetry.

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The Master’s Plan: A Novel About Purpose by @StephanyTullis #bookspotlight #inspirational

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Title: The Master’s Plan: A Novel About Purpose

Author: Stephany Tullis

Genre: Inspirational

Book Blurb:

The Master’s Plan, A Novel About Purpose is a story about a woman’s struggle to find life purpose. Selena B. Jones is not your typical pastor’s wife. When she partners with a politician to implement her Master’s Plan, her husband mysteriously disappears.

Unusual and atypical relationships form between government and church officials; old and new friends; and past and present family making this a ‘must read’ for anyone struggling to find life purpose!”

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“From: Woody729

To: Selena

Subject: ME

Date: Mon, Aug 8, 2012 9:45 am


Selena baby, I know you’re probably worried about me, but please trust me. I’m fine. I know I owe you an explanation. I just don’t have the strength to share some things with you right now. Please forgive me. I can imagine that you’re thinking all kinds of things—crazy things—trying to figure this whole thing out. But please don’t. That will only make things worse. I know that gossipmongers are having a field day even as I send this email and I apologize for putting you through this but please don’t listen to the rumors and play into all the speculation about me and what I am doing and where I am. Just pray for me. Pray that I will find the strength…


I love you with all my heart,




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Author Biography:

Stephany’s life changed dramatically in the fall of 2008. The professional contract and business writer was unable to find the senior manager job she expected to easily find after her relocation to Atlanta, Georgia. The move was for family reasons and a little sooner than expected but was a part of her personal life plan.

Refusing to succumb to the heavy disappointment of not advancing her career in a city with such promise, Stephany struggled to understand purpose behind sudden and unexpected life changes. When her oldest son asked, ‘why don’t you just write a book? Do what you love to do?’, after a few weeks of thought, she decided to give it a shot.

She loved to write and realized that one of the reasons she succeeded as a proposal writer was because of her ability to ‘create programs and program designs’ —so effectively that they were loved by her business clients and convincingly presented to and funded by grant sources!

From inception to publication, Stephany worked for four years on her first novel, The Master’s Plan, A Novel About Purpose. When thinking about how much she continually enjoys reading her debut novel, she writes, “I still laugh at all my favorite chapters and have yet to decide who is my favorite or least liked character. It’s amazing! I was able to spin a tail around two frameworks that have had a major influence on my life: church and government politics. In writing The Master Plan, I was reminded of what a blessed life I have had and that despite what appeared to be very dismal circumstances, I was able to use my creativity and love of writing in a different way. Truly, I can see and believe, it was all part of a master plan.”

Stephany Tullis graduated from Russell Sage College with a Masters in Public Service Administration. She is the recipient of several leadership and career related rewards. She continues to consult for not for profits and lives in Georgia with her family.

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I’m Featured on Between the Lines for an Interview #ASMSG #IARTG #MFRWAuthor


I love meeting new people (especially readers) and today I’m featured on Between the Lines, a blog by Lynda Coker. Her questions made think and I really had fun! Here is the link:

I talk about where I live, what would I take with me in solitary confinement and more!

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I’d Like to Introduce You to… @Inspires4Mary #AuthorInterview #Romance #InspirationalFiction

Today, I have a special treat for you. On the blog today is author Mary L. Ball. She writes Inspirational Fiction with a dash of Romance. I love that because we all could use a pinch of romance. She agreed to sit down with me for a candid interview and to talk about her latest release. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mary to the blog. Take it away, Mary!

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

Nicholas Sparks is my inspiration. The gentle, but exciting way he has of crafting a story has given me the confidence to write in my own easy going style, without feeling like I have to fit in with everyone else.


How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

I never look up the meaning to a name. I just choose the name that I feel suits the character.


What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

The day I accepted Jesus as my savior is the highlight of my life, and by far will be my biggest reward.


What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Never give up, keep writing and submitting to publishers, and don’t let other peoples’ comments discourage you.


Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

No, Redemption in Big Fork Lake is my fifth novel. My debut novel, Escape to Big Fork Lake, and Redemption in Big Fork Lake actually have many of the same characters.

My other books include Stone of Destiny, Postmarked Ever After and Christmas at Angel Ranch.


Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

No, I haven’t indulged in drinking since 1992. I never have never smoked; I don’t like the smell of cigarettes. I suppose my vice would be Pizza. I enjoy it too much!


If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I’d like to be able to blink (like Jeanie, LOL) and physically be anywhere, in any city that I want.


What secret talents do you have?

I draw. I have a few pictures hanging on my office wall, but it’s not something people see or know about.


Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

I’d enjoy vacationing on Belize, but I doubt I’ll ever visit there.


What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?

I’m an only child, so I learned to entertain myself. I was shy, quiet and very skinny. My favorite toy was a doll that stood knee high (yes, you know that was before X-boxes and MP3’s)  and my doll’s name was Lucinda. I still have her, standing behind my bedroom door.


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Title: Redemption in Big Fork Lake

Author: Mary L. Ball

Genre: Inspirational Fiction with a slice of romance.


Book Blurb:

Can he be forgiven?

Only after Robert Turner hurts a woman does he realize how much of a hold alcohol has on his life.

For Robert, a chance meeting with an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor offers hope. A new devotion to the Lord and a relationship with Belle McBride gives him expectations for a better future.

His life appears to be on the right track, until he comes full circle with his past and faces the one mistake that haunts him daily. Can forgiveness-free Robert or will heartache drive him to return to the life he once had?


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The calm waves of deep-blue glistened in the sunlight. Robert scanned the green vegetation that lined a big section of the lake. Lizard’s Tail plants outlined a walkway leading to a walking path. Snapping a photo, he captured the bright orange of a nearby Butterfly Weed. He shaded his eyes and looked up, scaling the length of several longleaf pines dominating the gravel roads, which led to various boat  docks.

As Robert approached the landing, he caught a glimpse of a something—someone—that made him hold his breath a second. The natural beauty of the large lake was nothing compared to the woman standing maybe a few dozen feet before him. Something about her intrigued him in a way no other had.

Robert strolled onto the wooden L-shaped walkway and paused. He couldn’t stop himself from staring. Even from a distance, he could tell her beauty was natural. Robert noticed appealing women plenty, but for some reason this one tugged at his heart and made him realize how long it’d been since he enjoyed a relationship or even a date.

With his feet planted to the wooden deck, Robert watched as she gazed at the water. Like the small wave rippling in the lake, emotions rose inside him and feelings he’d covered up for so long bubbled to the top. No doubt, he was lonely for female companionship. It would be nice to go out occasionally with someone. I’ve concentrated so much on maintaining my sobriety that I’ve missed some of the good things in life.

Standing there, Robert pondered his life, activities he’d given up—dating topped the list. Now, the desire to start living again crept past his defenses. He wanted to enjoy the company of a woman, not just any woman, but the lady who stood before him with the cute ponytail.

Trying to divert his attention somewhere else succeeded for a few seconds—soon, however, his eyes darted back. Robert looked her over, guessing she was about his height and age. The wind kicked up, and blew her golden hair. The long strands waved in the breeze. Rays from the sun highlighted her blonde tresses.

While he stood there, Robert thought back to a conversation with his mother when he was in college. He wondered at the time if there was someone for him. She responded by giving him a hug and assuring him God would choose a special lady for him one day.

While Robert’s memory dug up those words, he hung his head in shame because of the times he ignored his parent’s advice. Why didn’t I find different friends instead of trying to fit in with the wrong crowd?

Robert mentally snapped back to the present and lifted his head. Recovering from alcoholism had taught him not to wallow in self-pity, but to move forward and redeem what he could. Returning to the sight of the beautiful woman, he tried to be discreet as he continued to observe her.


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Mary L. Ball lives in North Carolina between the wondrous mountains and beautiful beaches. She writes about real-life problems, blended with romance.

Her novels include Escape to Big Fork Lake, Stone of Destiny, Postmarked Ever After, Christmas at Angel Ranch and Redemption in Big Fork Lake.  She is also a contributing author of 21 Stories of Faith.

When Mary is not working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and singing with her husband at church functions.

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I’d Like to Introduce You To… Alice Wootson #Christian #RomSuspense #BookPromotion

Today I’m happy to present author Alice Wootson to the blog today. She is one of the nicest women you will ever meet. She is a terrific storyteller and has published eleven books. I sat her down for an author interview last week. After reading her interview, I think you will agree with me that her latest book, Border Love, is a must read. Take it away, Alice. 🙂


What is your writing process?

Something might trigger an idea (or ideas) for a beginning. Maybe something in the newspaper or on the news or a conversation I overheard or had. If I decide to start with a character, I let my mind work on why the character did what he/she did. Where and when the story will take place are usually determined by the initial idea. All of this happens before I write anything.




Do you have any odd writing habits?

Of course not. My writing habits seem perfectly logical, rational and normal to me. ;0) Oh, I do have to play the 4 computer games of the day before I start writing.


 Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

Beverly Jenkins, Catherine Coulter, Linda Hudson-Smith; I’m going to stop there although there are others.


How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

Names are very important to me. It’s going to sound crazy, but my characters tell me their names, usually as soon as I get the idea for the book, but sometimes I have to beg them.


What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

I haven’t had it yet.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully, I’ll still be here and writing. ;0)


Have you always liked to write?

Yes, but first I liked to read. Our mother read to us every day. She walked us to the library every two weeks. I learned to read at an early age. After that I read everything I could get my hands on. After I was grown I discovered romance books. One day after finishing reading one I thought, I could write one on these.


What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Keep at it. Edit, revise, edit. And edit. Then submit. We used to say if you haven’t received enough rejection letters to paper a room, you’re not writing and submitting.


If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

I’m a retired teacher and I loved teaching. I’m a volunteer tutor at my church and I love presenting writing workshops. I’m scheduled to present one at the Y where I exercise, so I’m still teaching.


Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Panster definitely. When I get an idea I have to start the story. I don’t take time for outlining although that would make the process so much easier for me.


Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I do read them but seldom respond to them. I did respond to one because she gave the book only 3 stars, but recommended that readers read it. I didn’t understand that. Bad reviews hurt.


What is your best marketing tip?

I’m very poor at this. I wish someone would give me tips. I do advertise on several sites, though.


What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

Marketing. And waiting for a response from a publisher.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I never write about anything dealing with cruelty or hurting children or anybody who couldn’t defend/protect themselves.


Do you have a favorite spot to write? What is it?

At the dining room table. There’s plenty of space to spread out my papers.


Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

Love scenes. I feel as if I’m watching the characters in what should be their private times.


Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Border Love is my eleventh book. Number 12, Border Danger is already in what I call ‘the pipeline’


What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m working on Follow Your Heart, which is Nate Harris’s story. Nate is the brother of a main character, Chris, in Aloha Love and every time he was in a scene he tried to take over. I had to promise him his own story before he behaved himself. It’s been a long time since I made the promise and from time to time he reminds me of it. I figured I better write his story before he pushes himself into another one.


Do you write naked?

Never, never, never. Not even if I lived alone.


What is the biggest fib you’ve ever told?

I tell them all the time when I write.


Have you ever been in trouble with the law?

No, thank The Lord.


Have you ever gotten into a fight?

Mom taught us not to fight. She told us that young ladies don’t fight. I was a large child so maybe that was why I wasn’t bothered much. I can carry on and win a verbal battle, though, and I don‘t use profanity to do it. Also I’ve been told I have a look I get that makes people back off.


Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

When I find myself close to such a situation I walk away. If necessary, I explain why before I walk away.


Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

I started smoking in college but quit in 1964 when the newspaper published a three page report linking cigarettes to lung cancer & the price of cigarettes went up to 30 cents a pack. My vice now is good tasting food and coconut cake. (I haven’t had coconut cake it in years, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about it.


What do you want your tombstone to say?

She made a difference in somebody’s life.


If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To provide jobs for everybody who wanted one, housing for the homeless and food for the hungry.


If you were a super hero, what would your name be?



What costume would you wear?

No costume. I’d blend in with the public.


What secret talents do you have?

I can tap dance, I can draw and I write award-winning poetry. And I was a winner on Wheel of Fortune. (Now they aren’t secrets anymore.)


Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Australia or China, but the China of Pearl Bucks books. (If I’m going to dream I may as well add time travel to the dream.)


What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?

Have one of my books reach the bestsellers list.


If you could have any name in the world, what would you choose?

I think I like mine. Alice Lydia. I’m named for my two grandmothers.


Do you have any scars? What are they from?

Under my chin. A few years ago while in Conroe, Texas, I tripped over an uneven sidewalk, stumbled forward, rammed my head into our parked truck and broke my jaw. It was wired shut for 6 weeks. Very traumatic situation. Almost as bad, I only lost 10 pounds! Six weeks of Slimfast shakes, watching my caloric intake, exercising every day, and I only lost 10 pounds!


What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?

I was very active. We played games outside like ‘Red Rover’, ‘Mother May I’ , ‘Simon Says’, ‘Fox & the Geese’. My favorite ‘toy’ was my roller skates. (They had 4 wheels back then, but my sister and I were Sonia Hennie on roller skates rather than ice skates.) I also enjoyed building with our brother’s Lincoln Logs. I had dolls, but I don’t remember playing with them.


What do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

No recurring nightmares since they invented the GPS. (I have a terrible sense of direction.) My dream is to continue to live an active, productive life.




Book Title: Border Love

Author Name: Alice Wootson

Genre: Romance Suspense, Christian Fiction, Inspirational Fiction


Book Blurb:

Border Patrol agents Brooke Hudson and Darien McKee experience different situations while on assignment that shake their faith. Brooke considers resigning from the agency, but will try reassignment instead.
Darien is forced to transfer from the Yuma Sector after an incident in the desert. They are assigned as partners. A personal relationship develops between them. An incident occurs that makes it necessary for them to be assigned different partners, but they continue to see each other socially.
Brooke’s new partner makes a rash decision that puts her in jeopardy. Will her faith help her out of the dangerous situation?
Darien realizes he loves Brooke. When she disappears, he finds his faith returning as he searches for her. Will he find her in time?

A tremendous blast shook the area, slamming Brooke to the ground. Before she could assess her injuries, a second explosion scattered debris into the air, then a plume of flames shot up.

Brooke tried to look around, but thick dust hanging in the air almost blinded her. She squinted her eyes against flying shrapnel. Fragments, some lightweight, but others large enough to make her wince, pelted her. Her deep cough echoed that of others.

It seemed forever before the rumbling slowed. Even after it stopped, things continued to drop on and around her. Gradually the larger pieces stopped falling but smaller bits continued. Flat on the ground, Brooke stared around.

The traffic light over the intersection broke free of the line holding it. In a shower of sparks, it landed on an upside-down car. The broken power-line hissed and spit and writhed for a few minutes, then lay limp.

Street signs ripped from poles lay on the grass in front of the money-exchange building. The store looked as if a cannonball hit it. Shattered glass covered the ground. Objects continued to fall.

Brooke covered her head with her hands. Finally, the pelting slowed, then stopped. She coughed as dirt clouds continued to drift around her.

Still hacking, she lifted her head and shook it to stop the ringing in her ears.

She grabbed a tissue from her pocket, held it over her mouth and nose and looked around.

A woman sat on the sidewalk with her mouth open, but Brooke heard nothing. Tears streamed from the face of another woman and mixed with blood dripping from her forehead. Similar sights greeted Brooke wherever she looked. It was obvious some people were dead. She struggled to stand, but wobbled. Father, please help us.

“Steady.” Darien grabbed her to keep her from falling. “You okay?” He kept his hand on her arm. A thick layer of dust covered his face and uniform.

“What?” Brooke shouted.

“You’re hurt.” He touched her head.

Brooke frowned at the blood on his fingers when he pulled them away. She put her hand to the spot. The sting where she touched told her where the blood came from, but she felt no pain.

She continued to stare at Darien. Why was he whispering? Did he think she’d panic? She’d been hurt worse when she was a kid playing.

The ringing in her ears faded and she heard noises as if underwater. Finally, it sounded as if the whole world shouted with more sounds than she could’ve imagined.

Car alarms shrilled. Sirens wailed. Church bells two blocks away clanged, but a musician didn’t create the tune.

“Brooke? You okay?” Darien’s voice rose above the other sounds crashing around.

Brooke nodded, but was sorry. It felt as if her brain bounced against the inside of her skull.

“You might have a concussion.” He led her to the curb. “Sit until help comes.”

Brooke looked at a man surrounded by broken bricks and chunks of concrete. His head lay twisted at an unnatural angle and blood trickled from a wound. She glanced at people scattered like a game of Pick-Up Sticks. Lord, please ease their pain and suffering.

“You and I are the help until then.” She told Darien “You hurt?”

He shook his head. “I was on your other side and a little behind. You took the brunt of the impact.”

Brooke noticed a piece of sign on the ground. Only part of a word remained and a layer of dust covered it, but her eyes widened. She gasped. Her gaze flew to what was left of headquarters.

The foundation was still intact to a few yards high. Piles of rubble filled the space. One corner triangle held a desk and a chair that looked as if somebody threw them and let them stay where they landed. The door beside the desk hung open as if waiting for somebody to enter the office. Brooke continued to stare at the ruins. Dear Lord, so much destruction.

She tried not to think about who’d been in the building when she and Darien left. She wouldn’t make a mental count of how many staff members and officers were routinely on duty at this time. She closed her eyes and said a silent prayer. Then she let her gaze pan to the right of the remains and a little beyond.

The blast demolished the guardhouse that only this morning stood solidly beside the bridge. It wasn’t needed now, anyway, since huge piles of building materials blocked entry from the bridge. The last cars to cross over from Mexico were smashed as efficiently as a junkyard machine would do. They peeped from the debris. One car lay on its side across the lanes.


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Alice Greenhowe Wootson grew up in Rankin, a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Cheyney University. Later in her career Alice earned a Masters’ Degree in Education, Principal Certification and Reading Specialist Certification. She retired from the School District of Philadelphia.

Alice Wootson in the award-winning author of eleven novels. She is also a poet and many of her poems have won awards and recognition. She is always working on her latest novel or piece of poetry.

She is a member of The Philadelphia Writers Conference, the Mad Poets Society, Romance Writers of America and The Authors Guild.

Alice has presented workshops for several chapters of Romance Writers of America, the Philadelphia Writers Conference, The North Wildwood Writers Conference, several Romance Slam Jam conferences as well for adult and children’s writing groups. She is happy to meet with book clubs and group of readers.

Alice Wootson is a member of several ministries at her church: Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

She uses any spare time she can find reading, traveling and spending time with her husband, her sons and grandchildren.


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I’d Like to Introduce You to… @FaithSimone2011 #AuthorInterview #Romance #AmReading

There are some people you meet who are warm, caring and encouraging. They come into your life and you are a better person because of them. Faith Simone is one of those people. I met Faith, oh goodness, two years ago. She’s a fellow blogger and her debut novel is out right now. I highly recommend it! She sat down with me last week for an author interview. Take it away, Faith!

Do you have any odd writing habits?

It’s been said that the moments before you fall asleep are when your subconscious speaks the loudest. So I have a habit of simply thinking about stories or characters at that time. I write some of my best book scenes in the moments before I fall asleep! I let the scene play out in its entirety, then I pop on the light and scribble it out. Weird, but it works!


What book do you wish you could have written?

Mmmhhh… that’s a difficult question. I’m not in the habit of coveting another writer’s style or work. So I can’t say that there’s a book that I wish I’d written. I will say that there’s a book that I love that I would like to emulate: ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott. It’s such a timeless story about family, loyalty and sisterhood. I’d love to one day write a book that people can relate to for centuries like that.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

On somebody’s best seller list! I don’t care who’s, lol. But seriously, I’d love to have written several books by then. It’s my goal to build a stellar backlist.


What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Start now! Don’t wait until you feel good enough, or experienced enough or until the stars all align. If you want to be a writer then write. It’s that simple. Study the craft, learn all you can, but when it comes down to it put your butt in a chair and write.


What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

Editing! I cannot stand the endless revisions. I know that they are a necessary part of producing a quality finished project, so I endure them. It doesn’t help that I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my writing, so I’m always seeing room for improvement. The best advice I ever got was that art is never finished, it’s simply abandoned. You have to let go at some point!


Do you write naked?

Lol, no but it’s now on my to do list! I’m most comfortable with the least amount of clothes on, so it won’t be much of a leap to go full on commando.


Have you ever gotten into a fight?

I actually got into several fights as a child. I had a bit of a temper growing up and I had no qualms about going toe to toe with someone if the need arose. I’ve only had one physical confrontation as an adult. I was working in social services and a woman with a mental disability attacked me. I had to defend myself, and those childhood scuffles came in handy!


Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I was in a long term relationship that was emotionally unstable, and it was hard to walk away from it. I got out of the situation by moving almost 600 miles away from my ex! So I guess, I’m a bit of a runner.


Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

I don’t drink or smoke. My vice is food! Especially sweets, and I have the hips to show for it.


Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

I totally plan to go to Africa one day. I can’t wait to experience the culture, food and history of such a great continent.


Do you have any scars? What are they from?

I have two permanent scars. One by left eye from a literal run in with a coffee table corner as a toddler. The other is on the index finger of my right hand from a lost fight with a tuna can when I was about five years old.




Title: When the Real Thing Comes Along

Author: Faith Simone

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Inspirational Fiction, Edgy Christian Fiction

Release Date: February 13, 2015


Book Blurb: 

She loved and lost…Will faith give her the courage she needs to love again?

Jacelynn appears to have it all together: a great relationship with her boyfriend Jason who is truly a man after God’s own heart, a decent career and the love of family and friends. But when an unwelcome reminder from her past shows up, her previously uncomplicated world is turned upside down.  Will she jeopardize what she has with Jason in an attempt to rewrite the mistakes of her past?

They say you never forget your first love, no matter how hard you try. So far, Jacelynn has done a pretty good job of forgetting Taylor, the boy who had her heart first. When Taylor returns several years later as a man requesting a second chance, what’s a girl to do…Especially when she already has a new man?

The hidden issues of Jacelynn’s heart come to light and she’s forced take a hard look in the mirror while making choices that will change her future forever. Will she be able to reconcile who she was then, with who she is in Christ now?

Living and loving in faith isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. That’s what happens…


“I’m sorry Jason. I don’t mean to hurt you, but I’ve got to be honest.” She gripped her hands tightly. “I don’t know which end is up anymore. I’m so confused. I need time to get myself together. Whether you believe it or not, this is not only about him. It’s about some things I haven’t dealt with.”

His voice was levelly controlled. “Don’t sit there and tell me that this is not about him, when you got next to him and now you want break up with me. What am I supposed to think?”

“I didn’t say that I wanted to break up with you.”

He scoffed.

Defensively she asserted, “I’m telling you the truth. When I allowed myself to do that, I had to admit that I’m not ready for the level of intimacy and commitment you want. I’m still trying to find out who I am. I’m still trying to get over past pain and regret. It’s not fair to you. You deserve more than a broken woman.”

“Don’t tell me what’s fair. It’s not fair that I love you the way I do and you keep pushing me away. What do I have to do to prove to you that I’m for real, that you can trust me?” He stood up and walked out onto the balcony.

Jacelynn watched the muscles in his back ripple slightly as he breathed deeply. She knew that she was doing the right thing but the pain she felt on his behalf was almost physically disabling. She stood up and went into the bathroom. She ran a towel under cold water and pressed it to her eyes, willing herself to regain control of her emotions. Her behavior wasn’t making it any easier on him.

When she came out he was hunched over the railing, his forehead resting on his folded arms. She stood next to him and draped her arm over his back, leaning against him and gently pressing her lips to the back of his neck. He raised himself up and folded her into his arms in one smooth motion, burying his face in her neck and pulling her tightly to him.

She closed her eyes running her hands along his shoulders and his arms, trying to remember him before he was a memory. She absolutely treasured being in this man’s arms. Even now, the craziness she had been feeling all day started to evaporate the longer she stayed close to him. He was so solid, so much of a rock for her. But how long could he carry her? How long could he be her hero before he got tired?

“Don’t do this,” he murmured into her neck. “Don’t do this Lynn.”


She gently pushed him away. “I have to.”


They stood there. A mere two inches apart, but separated because of her fear and indecision.

He leaned forward and kissed her tenderly. “I still love you.”

She flashed back to Taylor saying the exact same words earlier that day. There he was again. Always coming up between them at moments when he should be the farthest thing from her mind. That was exactly why she needed this time to get it together. If Jason really cared about her, then he would wait. God knew she hoped he was for real. She wanted to commit to him whole heartedly. She couldn’t do that if she was still caught up in her past. So even though his eyes begged her to say the words that would make this whole fiasco a distant memory, she kept silent.

He turned to leave and she bit down hard on her bottom lip to keep from calling him back. When the door closed behind him, she walked back into the room and collapsed on the bed. Through her pain and her tears she heard the Spirit whisper, unto everything there is a season.


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I’d Like to Introduce You… @JulieBCosgrove #authorinterview #amreading @PrismBookGroup

Today, I am pleased to introduce you to author Julie B. Cosgrove. I met her by chance online and I am so excited to read her books! She agreed to sit down with me for an interview and to talk about her latest release from Prism Book Group. Julie, take it away.


Do you have any odd writing habits?

I don’t  stand on my head and cross my legs in a lotus position or anything like that, but I do get an “itching” to write a story. It is like a sock seam skewed inside your shoe.  Until I take care of it, it niggles me. So, I have learned to fence off time and be firm about it. My family and close friends now understand. It took a while. I hole up with a large bottle of water and a few snacks within arm’s reach and click away at the keyboard…often times for hours.

My freelance writing works have deadlines, so those I fit into my day just like any other scheduled event. I have always been the one to get it done and get it over, or I stew about it.  I’m just wired that way. I can’t go to sleep with dishes in the sink, or relax when the dirty clothes hamper is overflowing.


Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

Wow, I would love to think my writing has inspired other authors. What a compliment.  I do try to assist as many as I can, especially within the same publishing house as I am contracted.  And they reciprocate.

Charles Dickens is my all time favorite. I love his vivid imagery and flow of words. An English suspense-romance author, Mary Stewart, has always been my idol. She is long gone now, but I began reading her works at 13. Just recently, I discovered two books she wrote late in life while I was busy being a working mom. I ordered them online through second hand books. One I’ve devoured, but the other sits on my bookshelf, tantalizing me like a wedge of pecan pie in a baker’s case. As far as contemporaries, I enjoy Terri Blackstock, Brandylin Collins, Vicki Pitts Caine, Lisa Lickel and Kim McMahill. They are all Christian suspense or mystery writers.

If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaption of your book, who would play your characters?

Unknowns. I want to give them a break the way my publisher took a chance on me. That is my dream, by the way—for Hallmark to contact me and say they’d like to turn one of my works into a movie.  My first novel with Prism Book Group, Hush in the Storm, is being made into an audible, so it’s a start.

Have you always liked to write?

Unequivocally, yes. I just didn’t think I was any good at it until three people in three different cities told me I should consider doing it for a living. That was six years and eight books ago.  I actually earned a living at it for five years, even into widowhood. But now, it is my passion as well as a supplemental income.

What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Find yourself a good, compatible critique group that has published authors in it, and also people writing a mixture of genre. It can be online or in someone’s home. Let them help hone your skills and be your sounding board and vice versa. Then don’t quit. Toughen up, take what they say to heart ,and be teachable. You will really grow in the craft.

What is your best marketing tip?

Actually I have two.  They both emphasize the same thing. Be personable.

The first is speak about what you write. Learn to speak well in public. A fellow author clued me into that and it was the best advice ever. I became involved in Toastmasters. Whether it is my fiction or non-fiction works, I sell three times as many in the back of the room after I speak than any other time. If people identify with you then they fork out the cash.  I have given this lecture at three different writing conferences and each time I chuckle as fellow writers crowd my table of books as soon as the Power Point shuts down. I wink. “See, it works. “

The second advice it to gang together in social media. It is so inundated out there, you really have to make a big dent to get noticed. Facebook parties where you invite other writers to co-host work well. Your friends combine with their friends, and your audience and exposure multiplies as people get to know you and like you. Make it fun, play silly games, offer giveaways and get people chatting. The one I just did for launching Legitimate Lies had 7,154 hits. I gained 148 new likes in 24 hours.  I private messaged each one a thank you and encouraged them to buy the book. Their positive responses really helped my rank in Amazon.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written?

Legitimate Lies is my second traditionally pubbed novel.  It is a continuation of the story in Hush in the Storm, which launched in August 2014. I indy-pubbed another novel, Focused, after the publisher went out of business before he got to my manuscript.  I also have a devotional on the Book of Psalms, based on my blog and devos for websites. I have published one inspirational work, Squeeze More God-time Into your Day, and  three Bible studies, each based on talks and workshops I have given.

Two more are “in the can” and will be published in 2015, and I am finishing a sequel to Focused. But I really want to write a humorous mystery series about a group of Bunco-playing widow sleuths in an urban apartment mega-complex. Now no-one steal that concept!!

What is my biggest failure?

My marriage of 35 years. I stuck it out until he died, but the last fifteen were not happy years. In fact, only about the first eight were good.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

My editor saw a saying on Facebook and several of us had it made into a T-shirt.  It says, “I write fiction. What is your superpower?”   If you want to order one, contact another Prism author named Buffy Andrews.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

I toured Southern England for almost three weeks, and I’d love to tour the Northern part as well as Scotland and Ireland. That’s my heritage. Now that I know another Prism Book author from Devonshire, Lindsey Paley, I might just pop up on her doorstep one day. She writes really cute romances. Another writer friend’s husband just bought a hotel in Ireland after retiring from his practice, so…

If you could have any name in the world, what would you choose?

As a preteen I chose Christina Ann Winslow. It was a conglomerate of several Mary Stewart characters. If I ever wrote under a pen name, that would be it.

Do you have scars? What are they from?

I have deep scars from being ridiculed as a nerdy, frumpy child. My upper class peers were excessively cruel and bullied me for years. But God has been patiently healing those over the decades. I’m still nerdy and frumpy, though.

But in the outside, I have one on my knee from when I fell asleep watching a scary movie with my sister as I held a soda bottle. She screamed, I dropped it and rolled off the couch into the shards. One stabbed into my knee.  I also have one from a hysterectomy, back when they sliced you open all across the belly, and one on my forehead from when I contracted MRSA- the super bug – a few years back.  I whacked a kitchen cabinet as I unpacked in a new apartment. Within 12 hours the bump swelled to half my face and closed my eye. That’s when I went to the ER and they rushed me into isolation on IV antibiotics for five days. My sweet son relentlessly attacked the cabinets with bleach after that.

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Hush in the Storm:

Jen, widowed at 31, is jostled in the storm swells of grief. She is kidnapped by a coworker named Tom who says it was her late husband, Robert’s, final request to fake her death and hide her in a dark basement so she would not end up as Robert did—smashed between twists of metal on the highway.


Together, Jen and Tom are thrust into a tempest of danger and deceit where no one is whom they claim to be. The list of people Jen can believe keeps diminishing. Who can she trust while dodging the Feds, human traffickers, and the press who’ve discovered she’s alive?


How will Jen rescue two held-captive girls she befriends without drowning them, Tom, and herself in the waves of betrayal, especially when she suspects her husband may not be as dead as everyone thinks?



As if on cue, a bolt of lightning zapped across the sky, chased by a huge rumble. Tom raised the umbrella and pulled me underneath. It barely covered us both, but I admired his chivalrous efforts—at least I hoped that’s what they were.

His voice filtered into my ear above the pounding of the rain. “We’d better take Seventh. Roads are really slick. Must be a wreck on Dead Man’s Curve again. It’s a parking lot out there on I-30.”

My mind jumped to another rainy commute last autumn…the night I learned why the curve on the fly-away into downtown Fort Worth had that nickname. For the thousandth time, I saw red and blue lights pulsating at the edge of the sharp turn, mirrored in the sodden asphalt. The sound of sirens and news crews refilled my ears.

Tom’s face paled, hand to mouth. He touched my shoulder. “Geez,  that was where Robert, uh, your husband…”

“Yeah.” I waved the awkward moment away and pushed the tears back into the deep, dark crevice where they belonged. “It’s okay.”

Legit Lies

Legitimate Lies:

Jen assumes she can escape her past after she testifies against Robert, her human trafficking mogul husband, and enters into witness protection under a new identity. That is until a baby shows up on the stoop of the library where she works, and another man from her past, Tom, appears in her living room. Now she must relocate again under yet another name and memorize a new set of legitimate lies to explain who she is.

When Robert discovers her latest identity, he has other plans for her, such as enslaving her in a Tudor manor in Southern England. The scandalous family secrets she discovers may hold the key to her and the daughter of the manor’s freedom. But first she must tunnel through a myriad of lies, including the dark sin which has held her own heart captive. If the truth is revealed, will it hinder her one chance for happiness?


I slammed the water glass down in front of him, leaned in and threw several daggers into his deep blue eyes, the ones I almost drowned in another identity ago. “You had my business card.”
His eyes twinkled. “Not too hard to snatch.”
“Exactly how long have you been watching me?”
He pushed his shoulders into the chair’s spindles and took a deep swallow. After he set the tumbler down, he ran a finger around the rim. “Is it important?”
I wanted to slap the smirk from his face. I wanted to plant kisses all over it. I wanted to smash the water glass and shove its broken shards into his chiseled cheekbones. Instead, I slumped into the chair across from him. My emotions with this man had never been crystal clear.

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I’d Like to Introduce You To… Carlene Havel #AuthorInterview #amreading #InspirationalFiction

** Today I am pleased to present to you author Carlene Havel. Her latest book, Baxter Road Miracle, is now available. She  writes Inspirational Fiction and I am so pleased to have her join us today! Grab your favorite cup of beverage and get to know her better! **

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Both!  Normally, I’ll write a sketchy outline of a new book and set it aside for a month or two while I work on other things. After the idea marinates, I’ll choose names and write descriptions of the main characters.  A time line isn’t always necessary, but when it is, it’s next.  Then I permit myself to type “Chapter One” and go. The final book never follows the initial outline exactly.  That’s because the story seems to take on a life of its own about a third to half-way through, and demands modification.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

I hope I’m right where I am now—happily writing the stories I want to tell.

If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

I suppose I would fall back on my previous occupation, testing software.  It was a lot of fun, actually similar to playing computer games all day.  Figuring out how and why problems occurred was like solving a puzzle.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? 

Feedback from readers is important to me. I read every review I find for my work, and I pay careful attention to both positive and negative comments.  Then I consider reviewers’ major points when I’m planning the next book.   Some reviews are quite helpful, others not so much.  Occasionally, I just scratch my head.  For example, one person waxed eloquent about characters who did not appear in the book being reviewed, nor in any of my others.  Hmm.

What is your best marketing tip? 

Commit to doing something every day to promote your work.  Contact a blogger, design an ad, post on a free site.  Just keep on plugging, and don’t give up.  Discouragement is one of a writer’s greatest enemies.

What are you working on now? What is your next project? 

Joan Alley at Prism Book Group came up with the idea of a series based on the characteristics of love.   Each author selects a phrase from the First Corinthians description of love as the theme for a short novel. Mine is entitled “Evidence Not Seen”, based on love keeping no record of wrongs.  It’s the story of an attorney whose father is returning home after completing a 30 year prison sentence. If the relationships among the father, mother, and son are to survive, each one must let go of old hurts.


Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

I neither smoke, drink, dip, nor chew.  My worst habit is wasting time playing computer games.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Perhaps that my life span broke the record for longevity?   I’ll leave the epitaph to someone else to write.  Maybe my family will choose something like “She fought a good fight; she finished the course; she kept the faith.”

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

I would love to see the Great Wall of China, and also Petra, the rock city in Jordan.  I doubt either dream will ever be realized, but it’s a pleasure to dream.

If you could have any name in the world, what would you choose?

We all want what we don’t have, right? I’d love to have a nice, one-syllable name everyone could spell and pronounce, something like Ann or Sue.

What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?

I think I was a difficult child.  I thought way too much.  My mother tells a story about finding me in tears when I was about five.  When she asked what was wrong, I told her I didn’t know anything for myself.  All I knew were things other people told me.  She cheered me up by assuring me that I’d soon learn to read, and then I could learn information for myself.  When I was three I wanted what I called (for reasons unknown) a ‘bossy bossy’.  My mom and aunt took me shopping so I could point out this mysterious item.  It was a xylophone, which one of them got for me.  I loved it.



Book Blurb:

Henry Youngblood is determined to plant a new church in Buffalo Creek, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Meanwhile, his pregnant wife worries about paying the bills. One daughter dreams of a college education she cannot afford, and the other wants nothing more than popularity. It will take a miracle for the Youngblood family’s dreams to come true.


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“Henry, honey, you can’t accost a bank president or owner or whatever he is in a parking lot before sunrise.”  Ellen leaned heavily against her pillows.

“If we can’t talk there, maybe he will invite me inside.”  Henry sprinkled Baker’s Best hair oil in his palm and rubbed it across his scalp.  After combing his sandy locks straight back from his forehead, he smoothed his hair with both hands.  “Since you’re awake, you can pray that the Buffalo Creek Bank will approve our loan somehow.”

Ellen lay quietly as she heard the Youngblood’s station wagon pull away from the driveway.  “Lord,” she whispered, “please help Henry this morning.  You know he means well, even if he doesn’t have a lick of common sense.”


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#CyberMonday #Deal: PRINCESS OF THE LIGHT #deals #ASMSG #MFRWAuthor


Happy Cyber Monday!

Today is the best day to get all sorts of deals online!!! Today is also the last day you can get Princess of the Light for only $2.99 (e-book) and $11.99 (paperback).

Need something for that hard-to-shop for person? Need a gift for a reader, writer or a booklover? Princess of the Light is perfect!


Gabriel, the Archangel and Messenger of God – yeah that Gabriel, visited Mary Miller. He told her, as the key she is destined to spread the Light and vanquish the Darkness. Her first assignment is to restore the soul the Walking Man. Sounds simple enough until she’s thrown in the face of evil, and then Joe Deacons enters her heart. This battle just got a lot more complicated. She must complete her mission without losing all she loves.



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Happy shopping and remember 100% of the sales of my book today go directly to food banks!! Please buy today and help give someone in need a great holiday!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

#BlackFriday & #CyberMonday Sale: PRINCESS OF THE LIGHT #MFRWAuthor #ASMSG


Need a gift for someone this holiday season? Princess of the Light is on sale for a limited time:

E-book only $2.99

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Paperback only $11.99


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100% of the sales go directly to my local food bank/pantry!!!



Gabriel, the Archangel and Messenger of God – yeah that Gabriel, visited Mary Miller. He told her, as the key she is destined to spread the Light and vanquish the Darkness. Her first assignment is to restore the soul of the Walking Man. Sounds simple enough until she’s thrown in the face of evil, and then Joe Deacons enters her heart. This battle just got a lot more complicated. She must complete her mission without losing all she loves.



Have a fabulous weekend!!!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

N. N. Light Author Interview #ASMSG #MFRWAuthor #IAN1


Today I am so excited because my author interview over on Kev’s blog is up:

Please take a moment and check it out. While you’re there, take a peek at Kev’s blog. He’s an indie author too and I love his blog!

Have a great weekend!

MRS N aka N. N. Light