Monday, October 31, 2022

Passages of Hope (Doors to the Past)


Passages of Hope 

(Doors to the Past) 

October 31, 2022

Forged in Steele: (Steele Guardians - Book 3)


Forged in Steele:

 (Steele Guardians - Book 3) 

 August 5, 2022

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Our Caregiver by BJ Bassett #Devotional


Our Caregiver


Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 RSV


I’ve written about my husband’s Parkinson’s disease and being his caregiver. Parkinson’s is a progressive disease and caring for his needs also grew. At first, I could leave him for an hour or two once a week to have lunch with friends or do errands. Then it reached the point where I wasn’t comfortable leaving him alone. He was frail and could fall.


I was patient with him initially, but when he suffered from pneumonia and needed more assistance, he also lost more memory, asking me the same questions repeatedly. That’s when I became short-tempered with him. It was like caring for a three-year-old who asked why about everything. I was not only his wife; I’d become his mother and his nurse.


During this time, I realized that God is our Caregiver. He’s our Protector, Provider, Shepherd, Teacher, Father, and more. He is patient. He never becomes short-tempered with us. We can ask Him the same questions over and over again. He is always with us, caring for us.


Do you need your Caregiver today? Physically? Mentally? Emotionally? Spiritually?


My Father and Caregiver, it was a hard lesson to learn, but I think I’ve got it now. I appreciate your patience with me. Thank You for being my Caregiver. I am blessed. Amen.

Reprinted from

The King’s Daughters

B. J. Bassett




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.





Friday, October 28, 2022

Romance, History, and Mystery By Donna Schlachter #Giveaway!!! #Christmas



If you enjoy a little romance, a little history, and a little mystery, you’re going to love “A Mistletoe Mystery” in the Merry Little Mysteries anthology. A half dozen authors have banded together to bring you a collection of contemporary and historical mysteries, all clean and sweet, that are sure to tickle your funny bone all the way down to your toes in your stockings.

My story, A Mistletoe Mystery, is set in Boulder Colorado in 1883, and it opens with Holly and Ivy Christmas discovering that somebody has seeded their champion spruce trees with dwarf mistletoe, a parasitic plant every bit as destructive as the ordinary kind of mistletoe, but not quite as pretty. They follow the trail to a neighbor’s property but lose the tracks because the wind blew the snow away.

What follows is a typical mystery in that the four band together and follow the clues, ask questions, narrow down the list to a few suspects, and trigger a meeting of the bad guys by putting pressure on a weak link.

While they’re doing this, they’re also spending time with each other. Figuring out they like how the other person has turned out. Wonder why they ever stopped talking to each other. And—well—love blossoms, as it should, in any good romantic mystery.

You can purchase the ebook now on pre-order at:

The print book releases mid-November at the same link.



Giveaway: Leave a comment and we will randomly choose one lucky winner to win an ebook copy of “Merry Little Mysteries” anthology. Cleverly disguise your email address so the bots don’t find you. For example: donna AT livebytheword DOT com


A Sneak Peek:

Holly & Ivy Christmas Tree Farm, Boulder, Colorado


Chapter 1

December 3rd, 1883



Holly Christmas froze in her tracks. Not because the temperature hovered around ten degrees—although it did. Not because she’d tromped around her thousand-acre Norway Spruce tree farm for almost three hours—although she had. And not because the sun only now cast a blush on the Rocky Mountains as it peeked over the horizon—although it was.

No, Miss Holly emulated a statue because of what hung from the branches of the prime specimen before her. A tree destined to decorate the grand ballroom of the governor’s mansion in six days’ time. Already paid for. Already marked with a red flag for cutting and shipping tomorrow.

She tore her gaze from that monster of a spruce and scanned the next in line. This one, a foot shorter than its neighbor’s fourteen feet, for the mayor of Kansas City. Again, due for cutting next week.

Holly pushed her spectacles higher on her nose. Didn’t change what she saw.

Her heart pounded in her ears at the sight before her. And at its ramifications.


Dwarf, to be exact, if she knew her botany.

Native to Colorado. Usually found in stands of spruce and pine that suffered from disease, or overpopulation, or overgrowth.

Never in her tree farm.

Not before today, that is.

Holly slogged through the knee-deep snow back to the barn, hitched a wagon to their cart horse, tossed a couple of long poles into the bed, then headed for the house.

She scraped her boots before entering through the back door.

Her sister, Ivy, stood at the stove cooking breakfast. She looked up, all rosy cheeks and steamed up spectacles. “You’re back early.” Her brow pulled down. “What’s wrong?”

Ivy knew her too well. “We got trouble.”

“With the trees?”

“What else?” She snagged her sister’s winter coat and woolen cap from the hook near the door. “Come on. Daylight’s a-burnin’.”

Ivy chuckled at her voicing about their father’s favorite witticism. “Barely.”

Holly led the way to the wagon and clambered aboard. She nodded when Ivy, younger than her own twenty-nine years by eleven months, slid onto the wooden seat. Slapping the reins, Holly urged the gelding into a quick walk.

Ivy tugged on her sleeve. “You gonna fill me in?”

“Somebody is out to destroy us and our farm.”


About A Mistletoe Mystery in “Merry Little Mysteries”:

Boulder Colorado 1883: Two sisters living next door to two brothers. When bad stuff starts happening, who is behind it? If not a neighbor, then who? Can the two ranches, competing in the Christmas Tree Market, cooperate enough to save their land? Or are they doomed to lose all?



About Donna:

A hybrid author, Donna writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than 50 times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both, and is an avid oil painter. Stay connected so you learn about new releases, preorders, and presales, as well as check out featured authors, book reviews, and a little corner of peace. Plus: Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

An Amish Christmas at the Apple Blossom Inn: An Amish Christmas Novel

An Amish Christmas at the Apple Blossom Inn: An Amish Christmas Novel 

August 19, 2022

by Tracy Fredrychowski  (Author), Debra Torres  (Author) 

Two sisters. Two stories. One great Amish Christmas read.

Orphaned just weeks before Christmas, the Beiler sisters suddenly discover they could lose their home and what’s worse—each other. To make ends meet, sisters Sadie and Katie are plunged into working at Willow Spring's Apple Blossom Inn.

But will their efforts be enough?

Sadie -Struggling with pride, Sadie yearns to bake scrumptious treats in the inn’s kitchen instead of cleaning floors and toilets. But when she makes the mistake of her life, can Sadie and the inn’s handsome maintenance worker Jubal King create a plan to help save her family and maybe even the Apple Blossom Inn?

Katie – On the cusp of a family tragedy, Katie must put her trust in the Lord and step into a mostly English world. When Jeremiah Hershberger returns to Willow Springs looking for answers, Katie sets out on a journey to help him discover secrets of his past.

Can these young women find a way to bring the joy of Christmas back to their family and to Willow Springs?

Buy An Amish Christmas at the Apple Blossom Inn and escape to Amish Country for Christmas!

Marilyn's thoughts: 

Tracy Fredrychowski and Debra Torres penned two engaging stories from the
beginning to the end. These two Amish Christmas tales are heartwarming
providing the readers a glimpse of how family, faith, hope, love and peace can
be found in the midst difficult situations when God is in their lives.

Sadie and Katie working at the Apple Blossom Inn gave way to ups and downs
they endured with the grumpy owner. But their dedication to family and God
made a way for others to see the beauty and message of Christmas, as well as
Sadie and Katie find answers for their own lives and their sisters.

A big thank you to the authors for an advance e-copy of this book without any
obligation to write a positive review. I have expressed my own thoughts.
I highly recommend Tracy Fredrychowski and Debra Torres Amish fiction
tales as they are penned with love and showing God’s redemption plan is for
each one.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Book Spotlights and special sale price! #99cents #limitedtime

Kennedy Rockwell takes pride in working for her family’s Rockwell Concrete Works, but she

plans to branch out into her own landscape design business. Strong and independent, she is

determined to succeed. Romance can wait…until Austin Warner turns her emotions inside out.

Austin works hard to achieve his goals, and the one closest to his heart is something he’s never

really had—a family of his own. Kennedy seems to be the answer to his prayers until a small

complication brings huge consequences. Troubles from their pasts threaten to crush their dreams

and push them apart. Can Kennedy and Austin learn to yield everything to the One who can

grant them the desires of their hearts?

Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which

will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive

thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ. Leave the

Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him. (Oswald


Paige Donnelly carries regret so heavy it may crush her. With what she’s done, how can she ever

expect God to forgive her or anyone to love her? Neither is likely, so she determines to work

hard, build her real estate profession, and ignore the pain.

But God has another plan.

Hearts Unbroken embraces the aftermath of abortion in this story of faith, love, and abundant


From the back cover:

To Logan Rockwell, Paige Donnelly is his younger sister’s flirty friend—nothing more—until he

rescues her from a horrific accident and yearns to be more than her hero.

Paige’s crush on Logan and dreams of catching his attention began years ago. Although the crash

brought them together, her dreams died with a choice she’d made and would always regret.

Can Paige find forgiveness for what she feels is an unforgivable wrong? Can Logan be her

forever hero, or will his ambition destroy their chance at lasting love?

Available on Amazon:

Hearts Unfolding:

After a fifteen-year hiatus in beautiful British Columbia, Kathleen E. Friesen is back home in Saskatchewan, Canada, where she pursues her passions of faith, family, and fruitfulness.

Kathleen’s heart sings when she’s writing stories of grace, spending time with family, and digging in the dirt. She loves digging into God’s word, too, gleaning insights to share in stories.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Choose Me for Always, Cowboy: a runaway bride stranded with a rescuer Montana Ranches Christian Romance


Choose Me for Always, Cowboy: a runaway bride stranded with a rescuer Montana Ranches Christian Romance 

– August 9, 2022

Monday, October 24, 2022

Once Upon a Winter Wonderland: A Deep Haven Christmas Anthology (Deep Haven Collection)


Once Upon a Winter Wonderland: A Deep Haven Christmas Anthology

 (Deep Haven Collection)

 October 6, 2022

An Interview with Curtis Solomon, Author of I Have PTSD

  An Interview with Curtis Solomon,  Author of  I Have PTSD Anyone who experiences a traumatic event feels confused, lost, out of control, u...