Sunday, November 28, 2021
God always answers one way or another. Job 33:14 MSG
When my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he asked, “Why has God done this to me?”
While I am sympathetic to his suffering, his words break my heart. He said, “I’ve prayed for healing, and God hasn’t answered my prayer.”
His words were like a dagger piercing my heart. Didn’t he believe as I did? Didn’t he possess the assurance that God answers our prayers? God’s answer isn’t always yes. Sometimes it’s no. At other times, God wants us to wait for His timing. And He may even have something better for us.
I longed for my husband to reach the place in his relationship with God of complete trust that God always answers our prayers, even when we disagree with His answer.
God not only hears our prayers, He always answers them.
I ask that we have more trust in You to hear and answer their prayers. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
The King’s Daughters
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).
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.
Saturday, November 27, 2021
About the Book
Book: Finding Love in Bridal Veil Oregon
Movie Title: Finding Love in Mountain View
Author: Miralee Ferrell
Book Genre: Historical Romance
Movie Genre: Contemporary Romance (Loosely based on the book)
Release date: March 6, 2015
Against a backdrop of thievery and murder in the historic logging town of Bridal Veil, Oregon, a schoolteacher is torn between the memories of a distant love and the man who could be her future.
Margaret Garvey had promised her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night he disappeared from town. Four years later, just as she’s giving love a second chance with Andrew, a handsome logger, Nathaniel returns to town and delivers a devastating secret. While grappling with the betrayal of those she trusted most, Margaret risks her reputation and position by harboring two troubled runaways who might be involved in the murder of a local man. And as disaster strikes the town and threatens the welfare of its citizens, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.
Miralee Ferrell has done it again. I enjoyed her first book in this series, Love Finds You in Last Chance, California, and looked forward to another of her stories. This one was every bit as good, if not better. I was pulled into the tale from the start, and the mystery, action, and strong, likable characters kept me turning pages. I rarely have time to read a book cover to cover, but I made an exception for this riveting read. I had to find out which of the men captured Margaret’s heart, who the murderer was, and how some special secondary characters fared. Ferrell does an excellent job bringing the historic company-owned logging town to life, delighting a reader with unexpected twists, and providing a contented sigh with her satisfying and surprising conclusion. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical romance and tightly woven tales that keep one guessing until the end. My thanks to Miralee Ferrell for my autographed review copy.
About the Movie
Margaret Garvey (30s) is a successful architect whose relationship with her boyfriend has become distant due to their different work schedules. Having not talked with her estranged cousin, Susan, for years, Margaret is told that Susan has died in a car accident, and that she is entrusted by Susan to take care of her children and estate in Mountain View, AR. After her initial reluctance, Margaret decides to give it a try and gradually grows to love her life in Mountain View. While taking care of the children, Margaret gets to reunite with Andrew, an old love of hers, and reawaken their feelings for each other. Now she must decide which is more important to her – continuing with her old life, or honoring her cousin’s wish and make a new life with Andrew in Mountain View.
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About the Author
Miralee Ferrell is a traditionally published, award-winning, best-selling author of 25 books. Her most recent novel, From the Heart, released in October 2020 as an eBook and print as well as airing on The Hallmark Channel. She has two other books releasing as movies, including Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon, a historical romance, which was remade as a contemporary romance for Hallmark, in October or November of 2021. She is the owner and publisher at Mountain Brook Ink, as well as the speculative line, Mountain Brook Fire, a traditional house in business since January 2014. She is also the lead acquisition editor at MBI and loves encouraging debut authors. Miralee lives in the Pacific N.W. with her husband, two black cats, sixteen chickens, and one very spoiled little dog.
More from Miralee
I thought it might be fun and interesting for readers to learn how this journey toward having a book made into a movie came into being—as well as to see how much God had a hand in it all.
In the spring of 2015, I received a phone call from a Hollywood producer. Imagine my surprise when she asked if I’d be willing to write a book for them. They were no longer producing the Love Finds You books into movies and were working on a different project for UP TV, a possible three-movie series, and she hoped I might be able to work with them. Of the thirty-five or so titles she’d read of the line, Finding Love in Sundance, Wyoming, was her favorite (retitled and re-released as Outlaw Angel). However, most channels didn’t want historical or old west movies, so she shelved it for then.
I’d gotten my rights returned to all of my LFY books and had retitled them Finding Love in Last Chance, California, Finding Love in Tombstone, Arizona, and Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon. Finding Love in Sundance, Wyoming, became Outlaw Angel, and all four are still in print.
Here’s the amazing part. I came very, very close to turning down that contract with Summerside for Sundance. They sold the line to Guideposts, and that company didn’t continue the line much longer. Understandably, sales waned on their final releases. For a long time, I wished I hadn’t taken the contract and instead held out for one with another company for a three-book series. However, had I done that, I doubt Runaway Romance or the sequel, Follow Your Heart would ever have been written. It was Sundance that grabbed Chevonne’s attention and caused her to contact me.
It took several tries of sending ideas to UPTV for various storylines before they approved Runaway Romance, then the serious work began. Writing fifteen-page summaries of the book/movie idea, reviewing the script after it was written, and writing the book.
Since then, I’ve gone on to have two more books-to-Hallmark movies, with another one in the works. My newest (and it’s tied to the book being featured in this tour) is Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon, which was renamed Finding Love in Mountain View for the movie. And is currently airing on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. Again, Hallmark wasn’t interested in a historical, so the book was re-invented (with my help) as a contemporary romance. It’s been an exciting, amazing journey and I give God all the glory for bringing it to pass!
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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 28
Texas Book-aholic, November 29
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 29
deb’s Book Review, November 30
Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 1
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 1
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 2
Inklings and notions, December 3
For Him and My Family, December 4
Simple Harvest Reads, December 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Connie’s History Classroom, December 5
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 6
Splashes of Joy, December 6
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 7
She Lives To Read, December 8
Bizwings Blog, December 8
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 9
Blossoms and Blessings, December 10
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 10
To celebrate her tour, Miralee is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
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