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Today we welcome Linda Hoover to my blog. Thanks for stopping by, Linda. Share your blurb.
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Julia wants to marry for love… But her father’s secret condemns her to a love-less marriage.
Jacob works with his uncle in Boston, but plans to buy land for a farm in Iowa when he has enough money. When Julia walks into their store his priorities change. Their mutual attraction grows into love, and he wants to be the man she marries. But how can he with so little money?
Julia feels increasing pressure from Lucien to pretend she’s happy about the upcoming wedding. Then, she discovers the arranged marriage is based on blackmail. Her family will be ruined if she doesn’t comply.
Will God make a way for Jacob and Julia to have their heart’s desire?
What is your favorite Christmas song?
I love Christmas music! There are so many songs I enjoy, but I’ll narrow it down to two. Mary Did You Know and Carol of the Bells.
What are you reading right now?
The Order of the Flaming Sword by Jeanine Hart-Hipshir
It’s a YA allegory. The Light represents God and Soot represents Satan. A group of teens and preteens are on a mission to help make sure evil doesn’t win. It kept me up late reading last night.
What would be your dream vacation?
I’d like to tour England, Ireland, Germany, Italy
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I think about where the story would most likely take place. In my first book, Mountain Prophecy, a lot of the characters were superstitious, so it made sense for it to be set in an area where that’s known to be common., the Appalachians.
I knew I wanted my second book, Lighter Than Air, to be in England at a country estate, within a reasonable buggy ride from a city and in a fairly temperate climate. Maps, books and Google were a big help in finding just the right spot.
For Heart’s Desire, I researched historic places and found 1880 Boston to be a big city with everything I needed. I could show the differences in social classes as well as it having an abundance of activities my characters could take part in. My family vacationed there in June 2019. I loved seeing the places where my characters lived and socialized.
Will we know what happens to your character after the end of the book?
Yes, I tie up loose ends for the most part. Heart’s Desire is the first book in the series, so you can expect to see more of the main characters in the next book.
Where do you like to write? Can you share a picture?
This is my happy place. 😊
How do you handle distractions?
Distractions usually come in the form of family members coming into my office to sit and chat. I’ll talk for a few minutes then kindly tell them I need to get back to work. Maybe it would help if I didn’t have any chairs in here, other than mine. They might not want to stand around too long. 😊
What’s on the horizon for you? What will you be writing next?
I have several projects. The first is a short story to give to readers who sign up for my newsletter. Before the middle of January, I’ll be working on book 2 of the Heart’s Desire series. I’d also like to have a Christmas book ready by October.
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Linda recently retired from the county’s public library system. It was the perfect place to indulge her love of young adult and Christian fiction. It was also a good place to build a long “To Read” list. These days she enjoys being a fulltime author in her home office, despite interruptions from family members and pets. Linda is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
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Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Many years ago, I was expecting our daughter and her family to arrive for Christmas. I’d taken the day off from work to enjoy spending time with them. Shortly after they arrived, they left again to do some last-minute shopping, and they didn’t ask me to join them. My heart sank. It wasn’t what I’d expected.
The door closed behind them, and I slumped into a chair to host a pity party for one. (I read once that a pity party is of the Devil). After a while, I stood, brushed myself off, and headed downtown to look in the pretty decorated store windows. I went into our florist shop and strolled amongst all the lovely gifts and Christmas decorations. I spotted a sign on a stake that read, Santa Please Stop Here. It wasn’t a necessary item since I was on a budget, but I was drawn to it, and I thought the grandkids would like it, so I splurged and bought it. All these years later, it is a reminder to me not to expect others to abide by my expectations.
Over the years, my expectations of myself have changed as well. I no longer stress over the holidays. I do not bake Christmas cookies or make candy, yet our home is filled with goodies from others. I don’t accept every party invitation. And to help family members on tight budgets, we do not buy a gift for everyone—instead, our family exchanges names. Since I enjoy reading, I also take time to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea during the holidays.
I encourage you to put fewer expectations on others and yourself. Enjoy the peace and joy God provides during this time when we remember and celebrate our Savior’s birth.
Father, help me accept what I cannot change—not to cause myself or others stress during this busy season. Amen.
Reprinted from The King’s Daughters: A Women’s Devotional
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.
She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.
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.
ENCOUNTERING JESUS IN THE REAL WORLD OF THE GOSPELS
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages: 184 pages
$29.95 U.S. paperback
The land of Israel is as much a character of Scripture as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses. And just as important. Praise the Lord someone has recognized this . . . and written something about it!
It's always a pleasant surprise when an author knows whereof he or she speaks. Cyndi Parker does, indeed, know whereof she speaks. Her extensive, intensive association with the land upon which Jesus walked lends color, sound, and texture to her written words, and provides a solid foundation upon which they rest.
When I was offered the opportunity to review this work, by Hendrickson Publishing, I couldn't get to the ordering site fast enough. True bibliophiles (of which I unabashedly claim to be) recognize, instinctively, important books "on sight."
This is an important book.
It belongs in the library . . . excuse me, on the desk . . . of everyone who spends anytime in the Word of God.
Get this book, and let the land of Israel tell you her story of Jesus!
I received this book free of charge in exchange for my open and honest review.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
few years ago, lights from the Christmas tree reflected on my piano’s glossy
surface as I opened my new music book, a gift from our church, to one of my
favorite Christmas carols, “Silent Night.” My husband wanted to watch the news
on TV, so I plugged in the headphones that directed sound from the electronic
instrument to my ears only.
This arrangement of “Silent Night” began simply with the soothing melody.
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright.
’Round yon virgin Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace.
I played on, following the written score as it added harmonies, point and counterpoint.
Silent night, holy night.
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born.
But then the newscast behind me intruded. Some poor homeless
man had been found nearly frozen to death. War had erupted in two more areas,
details to follow. Financial gurus predicted hardships in the New Year. On and
on, bad news assaulted my ears as my fingers played.
The contrast jarred me. Today, we endure a pandemic and global political unrest and misjustice, but wars, brutality, tragedy were just as prevalent when Jesus took on mortality. Consider what happened shortly after the visitation from the wise man: Herod ordered all little boys up to two years of age to be slaughtered. Oh, the horror! The incredible grief! Where childish laughter had filled the air, screams of agony rang.
I shook my head with the awareness that dreadful times are nothing new. The world needed and still needs the healing comfort of redemption, which only comes through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.
The dawn of redeeming grace is God’s gift to us. Hardships and trauma still surround us and affect us, but because Jesus gave up Heaven’s glory to live in our mess, we have hope. What a wonderful reason to celebrate!
Thank you, dear Jesus, for coming to earth as a helpless baby to save us from our sins and give us hope, joy and peace.
May the blessing of Christmas bring hope for the future, peace in all circumstances and joy every day to you and yours. Amen.
When she’s not at the keyboard, you can find Kathleen gardening, visiting with friends old and new, or helping her husband renovate their house. When the renovations are finally done, there may be a party.
When I was single and in my early twenties, I remember being with friends talking about embarrassing moments. The one that stood out was when a guy admitted he saw a bright light in the sky, the most brilliant light he had ever seen. It was so magnificent he decided to follow it.
Down the highway and through winding roads he went. As he drove, he imagined what he would find. A spaceship? An angel ready to make a supernatural announcement?
At the end of his quest, it was a huge spotlight at an auto dealership celebrating their big sale.
It also reminds me of a meme I found of a blurry sun. A hint of red, a majestic yellow, I looked at the second picture. The photographer remarked how the first picture was taken far away, and without glasses or contacts, they thought it was the most gorgeous sunset. They followed it for a closer picture.
It was a Burger King sign.
Through my 50 years, I’ve followed some “bright lights” that led to disappointment, shame even. When I gave my life to Jesus, I became intentional about not following people, causes, or even dealership lights or fast food signs.
Like the Magi in Matthew 2, I want to follow Christ. They knew during their quest they would not be disappointed. These men were looking for a savior, the babe who is Christ, Our King.
My prayer for all of us, this year especially, is no matter what is before us, whatever shiny thing is trying to get our attention and lead us astray, that we stay strong and steady in Jesus. He is truly the only One worth following.
and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2, NIV
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Can two go-getters surrender their need to control and find a happily-ever-after?
Jordyn Bell Hart succeeds in everything she does. Her promotion to morning show co anchor blossoms her career in the same way her mother’s work did. Jordyn keeps tabs on her family and enjoys helping them grow. When life around Jordyn starts to change, can she surrender her desire to control?
Spencer Collins knows how to balance a busy life. He has his work as a reporter, his time caregiving for his grieving father, and looking out for his little brother. When he learns he’s the new co anchor of a morning show with Jordyn Hart, can he handle working with a celebrity who brings a lot of challenges to life on and off the set?
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Anchored Hearts coming soon.
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