A God-Wink Book

by Rose Allen McCauley

Have you ever heard the term Godwink? I had the privilege of taking a Christian cruise a few years ago with Squire Rushnell and his wife Louise DuArt. They used this phrase and wrote a whole series of books about the times God has winked at them and others by revealing something unexpected to them. I was reminded of this term a few weeks ago when Squire appeared on The Mike Huckabee Show. Also when Kathleen Gifford used the term over Christmas in one of the Hallmark shows we watched.

My latest book from Barbour came about through a Godwink God sent me through a library magazine. I read about real life canal boats and the hardships the workers went though while working on the Erie Canal. I thought it would make a great Christian fiction book about romances along the Erie Canal at its various locations. So, I contacted Rebecca Germany of Barbour, and she liked the ideal and suggested my agent Tamela Hancock Murray and I find some other authors to write it with me. And that is how The Erie Canal Brides Collection came about!

It was not only a Godwink, but a true blessing to me and the other six authors. We had so much fun working together and learning more than we ever knew about the building of the canal and the people it affected. Like in my story, I learned that the women of Zoar Ohio helped the men of the town build their section of the canal. Some of the women even ended up partially bald from carrying baskets of dirt on their heads! Ouch!

So, the next time you have a strange idea or encounter I hope you will stop and ask God what He might be trying to reveal to you. Then listen! You never know what He can make of it!

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The Erie Canal Brides Collection

The Erie Canal Brides Collection has seven romance stories that take you back to the building of the Erie Canal and the opening of the Midwest to greater development.

Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, and soon other states like Ohio created canals linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Suddenly the Midwest was open to migration, the harvesting of resources, and even tourism. Join seven couples who live through the rise of the canals and the problems the waterways brought to each community, including land grabs, disease, tourists, racism, and competition. Can these couples hang on to their faith and develop love during times of intense change?



Who am I? A former city gal who married this farmer over 50 years ago. Last spring we celebrated our 50th anniversary on Maui after the dinner our family gave us with friends from middle school, high school, college and all throughout the years. I like to read and write stories set in small towns with quirky characters. And thank God and give Him all the glory for all that He has given us!

 

It Happened One Summer

Betty Thomason Owens

I love to write, but long before I started, I loved to read. Reading provided a pleasant escape from a sometimes not so pleasant life.

But all the experiences of my life prepared me for what lay ahead; telling stories. Some of my characters resemble me in character (intentional play on words).

Amy Emerson is one of those. When we first meet her, she’s a hard-headed young woman whose main desire is to be free. She chafes at discipline, hates being told what she can and can’t do. So, she plans an escape. She has the money, why not? (Let me interject here: Amy resembles me in all but the money part. That’s a dream of mine, but it never happened. Also, the dance scene. Dreamed of, but never happened.) 🙂

What Amy doesn’t know, and doesn’t count on: someone out to get dear, old Dad. Someone who’ll stop at nothing to bring him down. In her blind innocence, she plays right into the hands of my antagonist.

Just to make it interesting, I created a love interest. Amy despises him at first, and some of my readers weren’t too sure about him (until later). She resists, mainly because she suspects her dad approves of him. Whatever Dad approves must be avoided at all costs!

But Matthew Wordsworth is a patient man. His military background pays off in several ways as he navigates the troubled waters of Amy Emerson’s life.

Did I mention this all takes place one summer in the 1940s? That makes it truly fun.

Rebecca’s Legacy is the final book in the Legacy series. Each is set in subsequent decades. Amelia’s Legacy takes place in the 1920s. This book stars Amy’s mother, Nancy Sanderson, who becomes Nancy Emerson, as the book progresses. Carlotta’s Legacy takes place in the thirties, with Nancy’s best friend, Rebecca Lewis at the lead. And yes, she’s the Rebecca of Rebecca’s Legacy. These are historical novels with a good mix of romance and suspense.

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Rebecca’s Legacy

What will it take to teach a spoiled heiress about the greatest legacy? Amy Juliana Emerson might be a cultured debutante, but she’s doing her best to follow her mom’s rebellious footsteps. Her desperate attempt to escape her father’s control, however, comes at the worst possible time. Robert Emerson has received a threat against his family in an attempt to take over his company, Sanderson Industries. To guarantee his willful daughter’s safety, he sends her to work on a produce farm run by her Aunt Rebecca. Maybe her quiet strength and unconditional love can work on Amy, keep her from becoming the prodigal daughter she seems insistent on being.

Matt Wordsworth is the man Robert calls upon to make sure his daughter stays in line. His only interest in the beautiful girl is purely part of his job. Purely. Amy considers him a fuddy-duddy which suits the situation perfectly, allowing him to stay close to her without concern for her losing her heart to him. And his own heart … well, his feelings didn’t matter. This was business.

Humiliated and angry, Amy contemplates a path that will lead her even farther from home and away from Dad’s protection. Rebecca’s influence begins to change her feelings about everything, even about Matt, but Amy might find she’s playing into the hands of the enemy.


About Betty: Who am I? My friends say I’m creative, loyal, thoughtful and funny. I’m a storyteller. A word-weaver, writing stories that touch the heart. If I was an artist working with oils, I’d want to paint scenes so real, you’d think you were looking at a photograph. They’d include minute details that grab your attention and pull you into the picture. My characters could be your next-door neighbors. They’re open and friendly. They include you in their conversations. My themes include the grace of God, forgiveness, restoration, and redemption, but most of all, love. For years, my tagline has been: Love is the Legacy. That’s my desire, to leave a legacy of love.

www.bettythomasonowens.com

3 Questions Wednesday with Maria I. Morgan

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Maria I. Morgan

Maria I. Morgan is “passionate about sharing God’s truth and making an eternal difference, regardless of the age of my audience.”

So, let’s see how she answers our latest 3 Questions–

Question: What inspires you?

Maria:  Reading! No matter what type of book I’m reading – fiction or non-fiction – there’s just something about getting immersed in the story that inspires the writer in me. I love imagining the setting, the culture, and lifestyle of the characters. I’ll let you in on a little secret: someday I’d like to write a historical fiction novel about people in the Bible!

Reading is one of THE best ways to gain inspiration (in my humble opinion). I look forward to reading your historical fiction one day!

Next question–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Maria: I’d definitely be a shade of orange – it’s my favorite color. The label on the wrapper around my crayon might read Outrageous Orange (to go along with my Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful about the fruit of the Spirit). Something bright and cheerful to bring a smile to people’s faces.

Orange is the color of youth, it’s fun-loving, and strong, especially when coupled with the word, “outrageous” — ha ha! Couldn’t resist. I love your color choice.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Maria: Hmmm. That’s a tough one. I think I wanted to be a teacher when I was in grade school. Probably because my Mom was a kindergarten teacher and she made teaching seem fun. When I got a little older, I wanted to be a hygienist and actually worked as an intern at a dentist office when I was in high school. My husband still teases me about being the dentist’s ‘pet’ because I don’t have cavities!

Cute story! Thanks, Maria, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday. READERS – See below for a chance to win Maria’s book, Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig. And get to know her better by clicking the links below. You’ll find a wealth of information about her and her books on her beautiful website.

Click to tweet: What inspires Maria I. Morgan? Find out on today’s 3 Questions Wednesday #InspiredPrompt #3QW


Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig

Louie and the gang are fired up about the neighborhood yard competition. But when a sarcastic shovel arrives on the scene, hurtful words cause big problems. Will the newcomer succeed in intimidating Louie and his friends? Or will her plan backfire? Join Louie and the others and discover whose words win.

Enter to win: leave a comment below listing a character quality you’d like to see featured in a future Louie book, along with your email address, and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to receive a copy of “Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig.” (Open to U.S. residents only. Contest will run through Tuesday, October 31. Winner will be contacted via email.)

Other books in the Louie the Lawnmower series:

Louie’s BIG day!

Louie & the Leaf Pile


About Maria I. Morgan:

Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the award-winning author of Louie’s BIG day! Regardless of the age of her audience, her goal is the same: to share God’s truths and make an eternal difference.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Michelle Griep

Author, Michelle Griep

Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Michelle!

According to Michelle Griep’s website, she’s an author, blogger, and occasional super-hero (when her cape is clean). She does own a sense of humor. 🙂

She goes on to say, “Dare I be so bold as to call myself an author? Being that I’m one of those freaks who attended poetry workshops instead of summer camp during my formative years, yes, I will. While other teens busied themselves throwing parties when their parents weren’t home, I was the nerd holed up in my room with pen and paper.”

So, let’s see how she answers our latest 3 Questions–

Question: What inspires you?

Michelle:  Music. I make a playlist for each new book that I write. While I’m writing, I play that music. I use Spotify for those playlists. Great ideas for inspiring music are movie soundtracks, ethnic music, and classical.

Great idea–especially the movie soundtracks.

Next question–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Michelle:  If I were a crayon, I’d be Wisteria for two reasons . . . first off, purple is my favorite color, so it’s a no-brainer that I’d choose something in that palette family. Secondly, Wisteria is one of my favorite flowers. I’ve actually got one just about to bloom climbing up my back porch.

“Lavender” people are witty, charming, and creative, according to my “favorite colors” site. I’m a big fan of Wisteria. It’s very nostalgic, and calming to me.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Michelle: I wanted to be an astronaut when I was young. That didn’t pan out so well, though. I found out you needed to be good at math and science. Yuck and yuck. So I gave that up and thought I might be a pirate instead. Yeah . . . that didn’t work out either. So, I found the best of both worlds by becoming a writer.

Funny! I think you’re our first wannabe astronaut. Yes, a writer can be all those things–no math or science required. Just a little research so you can fake your way through.

Thanks, Michelle, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

Click to tweet: Michelle Griep,  author, blogger, and occasional super-hero. #romance #amreading


Readers, Michelle is offering Out of the Frying Pan, a book she wrote with Kelly Klepfer, to one of our commenters. [Winner’s choice! Paperback, or e-book] So let us know you want to be included by leaving a comment below.*

*Ends at midnight 7/23/2017

Out of the Frying Pan

When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sisters Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be concerned about their safety or the criminal’s?

But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all…broken hearts–especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.

Before the snooping pair gain any headway with the case, it becomes crystal clear that the sisters share a mysterious secret that takes life from the frying pan and into the line of fire.

One Reviewer says…

“This novel couples over-the-top hilarity with Jessica Fletcher wannabes as murder occurs at a retirement community. I enjoyed the quirky older sisters-in-law and their niece, who all get involved with the detective assigned to the case. At times bizarre and also dangerous, this story keeps you flipping pages to see how it concludes—satisfactorily, of course. I don’t know if such people really populate the earth, but the authors make them believable and unique. The original plot is intriguing too.”

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. Her latest release is OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, but historical romance is her usual haunt. THE CAPTIVE HEART releases in October. Follow her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Susan Holt Simpson

Susan Holt Simpson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Susan Holt Simpson.

Susan Holt Simpson is a freelance writer who lives in Kentucky with her husband and three grown sons. When she’s not writing, she’s probably in the garden with a hoe or a camera in hand.

Susan has followed Christ since the age of ten, sometimes lagging behind and other times running ahead, but always safe in His love.

Question: What inspires you?

Susan:  Old things inspire me. A box of beat-up doorknobs, an antique wedding veil, or a bundle of letters from bygone days can conjure up all sorts of story ideas. Also, everyday natural beauty—sunsets and storm clouds, lightning bugs and birdsong—generates so many opportunities for wonder, which for me, often leads to inspiration.

I love combing through old things and wondering about where they came from, and who owned them. It’s an imagination feast!

Next question is a bit of fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Susan:  My crayon name would be Heavenly Blue. It’s the color of a high Kentucky sky on a summer day or the exact shade of my favorite summer vine, the Heavenly Blue Morning Glory.

Well, the blue spectrum suggests that you are soft, soothing, compassionate and caring. I love blue, especially that Kentucky sky.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Susan: I wanted to be whatever character I was reading at the time. For a while, I wanted to be a nurse, like Cherry Ames. Then I longed to solve mysteries like Nancy Drew. I even thought maybe, a very big maybe, I could be a jockey and ride a Black Stallion. As a writer, I’m still deeply inspired by what I read and often grow in the same direction as the characters I admire.

I so seldom hear of others who’ve read Cherry Ames. I loved those books and longed to be a candystriper like she was!

Susan: Thanks so much for this chance to visit with your readers!

Thank you, Susan, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

To learn more about Susan, visit her blog, Sweet Annabelle, or connect with her on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram.


Readers, Susan is a contributor to Michelle Medlock Adam’s book, Love and Care for the One and Only You. She is graciously giving this book (print version) to one among our commenters. Here are the details–

 

Love & Care For the One and Only You

What if we valued and cared for ourselves the way one does a masterpiece sculpted by a master artist? Each of us is a unique creation crafted by the ultimate Artist. When we realize that, how can we help but love and care for the body, mind, and heart God has given us?
Weekly encouragements along with practical tips and suggestions will help you love and care for yourself as your Creator intended.

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