Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Have you ever been in a relay race?
Although I don’t consider myself an athlete, others have passed the baton to me, and I must run the race. But I need to start at the beginning of my race with the people who influenced me.
First is my baby brother, Danny. Although he was eight years younger than me, we always shared a close relationship. He discovered writing while attending high school. Later, when he died while serving in the Army in Viet Nam, I felt like he passed the baton to me, and I picked up my pen, writing to encourage others.
Karen was another person who influenced my life. I met her in junior high school when I was the new kid, and she befriended me. She was popular, athletic, and smart. Karen wore an I Like Ike button before I even knew who Ike was. She died too young from cancer. I believe she passed me the baton to befriend others as she did me.
Lastly is my friend, Ruth, who passed away recently. Ruth was a mighty prayer warrior. I feel that she has also passed me the baton.
I’ve been left a responsibility by those who influenced my life. I only pray I grasp the baton and run the race before me.
There is a huge need for prayer warriors. Has someone passed on the baton to you? Will you grab it and run the race?
Father, thank You for those You’ve put in my life that influenced me. I pray I’m worthy to grab the baton and run the race You’ve set before me. Amen.
B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.
As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.
Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).
Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).
She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.
Book: Legacy of Honor
Author: Renae Brumbaugh Green
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: Nov, 2020
After her mother’s untimely death, Emma Monroe’s dreams to become a teacher are dashed. She takes a job as maid and cook at the local Stratton Ranch, where she endures humiliation and hardship in order to provide for her ailing father and younger brother. Only Riley Stratton, her childhood friend and heir to the Stratton fortune, sees her heart. When she’s asked to care for Skye, the young half-Indian girl most family members refuse to claim, Emma finally finds the purpose she craves.
Riley Stratton has it all, or so it seems. Growing up as the youngest son of the rich and powerful John Stratton, Riley stands to inherit a legacy of greatness in the Stratton Ranch. On the surface, his family looks like they have it all, but manipulation, deceit, and an ever-present quest for power leave him desperate for change. Yet his father has made it clear: do things the Stratton way, or face alienation and disinheritance.
As Riley and Emma choose between honor, dreams, and expectations—not to mention the love they can no longer deny—their first steps prove how quickly the situation can spin into danger. When their best efforts threaten the lives and hopes of those closest to them, it becomes clear the decisions they make will change the course of their lives forever.
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I’ve been writing this book for more than a decade!
In 2008, my dear friend and writing mentor, Chip Ricks, shared a book idea with me. Loosely based on her own family history, she wanted to write a story about two brothers—one who chose to live for Christ, the other who didn’t. She wanted to follow that family through the generations, to show the impact of that one choice, on the people who came behind.
She just had one problem. Chip was a brilliant writer, but she wasn’t a fiction writer. “Will you help me write this book?”
Now, Chip was in her 80s at the time. She was a mother, a grandmother, to me in the faith. If she’d asked me to paint the moon pink, I’d have given it my best shot. For several years, Chip and I worked together on several versions of the book. We only ever got through the first few chapters, and we’d change our minds about the characters or the situations. Finally, one day she smiled at me. She said, “You know, Renae. This is your book. I know I whispered the idea to you, but I always wanted you to be the one to write it. I’m getting too old to work on this . . . please take it. It’s your story.”
Soon after, she moved across the country to live with her daughter. We stayed connected via phone calls and Facebook, until eventually, she stopped responding. We lost touch. I continued to write the book—Chip’s book. Now my book. I’d work on it a while, then put it away for several months, even a few years at one point. In 2017, I finished what would become the first final draft. I fiddled with it more, here and there, but I hung onto it until I met Misty Beller, my publisher at Wild Heart.
I submitted the book to her, and she accepted it, right away! Then the editor got hold of it. God bless Erin Taylor Young! She was brutal, in the best possible way. I spent weeks (months?) making the suggested changes, and each one made the book so much better. The day I turned in those final edits to my publisher, I opened up Facebook. There, on Chip’s FB page, was a note to all her friends.
From one of her children.
She’d gone to see her Heavenly Father.
I sat there, frozen, looking at my screen, big fat tears tracking my cheeks. How was it possible that on the day the book was complete, I learned of her death? She was so instrumental in my walk of faith, and in my path as a writer. It was almost like the Holy Spirit wanted me to know . . . this particular journey was now complete.
I hope you enjoy this book, book one in a trilogy, for it is very close to my heart. And I hope you learn from the actions of two brothers, so many years ago, that our choices have an impact on our own lives, and on the lives of those who follow us.
—Renae Brumbaugh Green
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For Him and My Family, October 24
Lighthouse Academy, October 24 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
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Splashes of Joy, October 27
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Even though I’ve already read other books in Brides of Pelican Rapids series, this one is a grand introduction to the series. I look forward to reading all future releases that I haven’t read to date.
I received a complimentary kindle book of Lottie’s True Love from the author as a winner on a Facebook giveaway and was under no obligation to write a review. I have shared my own opinion.
Thanks for stopping by, Tori. Tell us about the book – a brief blurb:
The Christmas Color is a playful picture book meant to delight children about all things red at Christmastime and how these simple joys and little traditions can remind us of the most important part of Christmas: Jesus.
Are any experiences in The Christmas Color based on personal experiences? Did you draw upon any stories or movies for inspiration for the book?
The Christmas Color is full of personal experiences that I hope we all can relate to. One of the many blessings of having young children is that you get to see the world through their eyes and from that you once again experience the joy, wonder and miracle of Christmas. I tried to depict all of the many festive happenings of Christmas from a child’s point of view. I illustrated my own children in the book as the two main characters as well as our family dog.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in The Christmas Color?
I actually don’t think I would change a thing. It was such a collaborative effort with the team at Little Lamb Books that I feel like we really explored everything from all angles and left no room for regret.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think the hardest part is to actually call myself a “writer”. I’ve always considered myself to be an artist or illustrator, but writing was a new thing for me. To have the confidence to say “Yes, I am a writer” takes some time...and an extra dose of courage.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that when inspiration strikes, you have to create right in that moment because the moment can be fleeting.
Did you have to travel much for research for The Christmas Color?
I didn’t have to travel any farther than my own Christmas memories. And when I was working on the book, I had a heightened awareness of my surroundings during the Christmas season, trying to notice and capture all of the details like smell, taste, feelings, and color.
Who was your favorite character in The Christmas Color?
Of course I love my kids (who are the boy and girl depicted in the book), but choosing a favorite child is impossible so I will say that the dog was my favorite character. We named him “Dash” after our own family dog who passed away last year, Dasher, and he became fun for me to incorporate on the pages in unexpected and whimsical ways. It feels like a bit of a tribute to our beloved Dasher as well.
Was there anything in The Christmas Color that you did not enjoy writing about?
Not at all.
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Spur of the Moment Bride found Heiress Abby more determined than ever to find a groom when her father gave her an ultimatum. I enjoyed her strong characteristics and not allowing any man to get her just for her inheritance. The sparks between Zach and Abby was astonishing as Zach was all about adventure.
Texas Law found Cat Devine wondering how to tell her father she had spoke out of turn to her dressmaker. The adventure and ride to find the gang members after robbing the stage coach gave way to twists and turns. The ups and downs, secrets and action lead to an exciting read.
Both of these historical romance novellas are well written with complex heroines, heroes, action, intrigue, romance and a faith message.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was under no obligation to write a positive review. I have shared my own opinion.
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