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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

#TuesdayTreasures The Empath's Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, MD

Good Morning!

A couple of years ago I featured, The Ecstasy of Surrender by Judith Orloff and loved the book so when Nikki Leigh contacted me about Dr. Oloff's current title, I jumped at the chance to read, review and share it with you.

The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People
By Dr Judith Orloff

What is the difference between having empathy and being an empath? “Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain,” says Dr. Judith Orloff. “But for empaths it goes much further. We actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have.” The Empath’s Survival Guide is an invaluable resource for empaths and anyone who wants to nurture their empathy and develop coping skills in our high-stimulus world—while fully embracing their gifts of intuition, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connection.

This practical, empowering, and loving book was created to support empaths through their unique challenges and help loved ones better understand the empath’s needs and gifts. Dr. Orloff offers crucial practices, including:

• Exercises to help you identify your empath type and where you are on the empathy spectrum
• Tools for protecting yourself from sensory overload, exhaustion, addictions, and compassion fatigue while replenishing your vital energy
• Simple, effective strategies to stop absorbing stress and physical symptoms from others and protect yourself from narcissists and other energy vampires
• How to find the right work that feeds you
• How to navigate intimate relationships without feeling overwhelmed
• Guidance for parenting and raising empathic children
• Awakening the empath’s gift of intuition and deepening your spiritual connection to all living beings

For any sensitive person who’s been told to “grow a thick skin,” here is a lifelong guide for staying fully open while building resilience, exploring your gifts of depth and compassion, and feeling welcome and valued by a world that desperately needs what you have to offer.

Watch the book video HERE.

About Judith Orloff, MD

Judith Orloff, MD is author of The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today. She is a New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Freedom. To learn more about Dr. Orloff's free empath support newsletter as well as her books and workshop schedule, visit her www.drjudithorloff.com

She has a Facebook Empath Support Community (over 8K empaths) that people can join here  https://www.facebook.com/groups/929510143757438/

My Official Review:

We all know people who are "sensitive." They feel things other people are experiencing. They exhibit mood swings when the moon is full, or new. They get depressed when the world is in chaos. This may even be you! If so, you owe it to yourself and/or them to read this book! Empaths have gotten a bad rap, but Dr. Orloff does an excellent job of describing the signs of being one and offers ways to manage symptoms and reactions. I truly enjoyed this book and will be rereading The Ecstasy of Surrender in the near future.

Hope you enjoyed the post and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Tempered Joy

Hi There!

I'm a bit late posting today, but my scheduled guest could not make it so I'm improvising.

Author friends, have you ever read your own book? If so, what were your thoughts?

Last night I pulled out a copy of Tempered Joy (book 4 in my Tempered series) and said, what the heck, laid down and started reading.

As an editor I saw a few things that could be fixed...mostly punctuation or removing an extraneous word or two from a sentence, but nothing that threw me out of the story.

You'd think I wouldn't be moved by my own words, but, surprisingly enough, I was!

If I had to review it, I'd give Tempered Joy 4 stars .... and this is what I'd say...

This story lived up to its name as I found myself in tears nearly as much as I laughed out loud at the antics of the characters.

For those of you who are new to visiting my blog here is the blurb and an excerpt for you....

Blurb: All around rodeo cowboy and heir to the Rockin’ H Ranch, Ace Harris is determined not to fall in love.  He’s only loved one woman in his life, his mother, and no one can even come close to filling her boots. Lexie Morgan thinks rodeo cowboys have rocks for brains and a death wish for a soul.  A broken childhood and the death of her father and best friend leave her doubting and questioning God (despite her years of religious upbringing) and afraid of love. Can two young people who clash from the onset learn to trust in the healing power of God and find love and happiness amidst tragedy and grief?  

Excerpt: Her eyes narrowed when he took a step closer. “Ace,” she warned and wielded the brush like a lethal weapon.
Raising his hands where she could see them, he watched her try to brush some semblance of order to the thick mass of unruly auburn hair. The simple chore made him want to sink both fists in the silken locks and gave him a whole new insight to the word erotic.
Her cheeks were flushed, her eyes sparkled vivid green and spewed wrath. She glared at him as though the tangled tresses were his fault alone. Her chest quivered with each breath she took. He took another step closer and could feel her tremble. Locking his gaze with hers in the mirror, he reached around her and picked up a bandanna off the dresser. He ran it through his fingers in what could have been a caress then slid the cloth beneath her hair and left it trailing over her shoulders.
With hands that shook, Lexie pulled the ends together and tied her hair back into a ponytail. Those bright gray eyes had gone soft and warm, like liquid metal. Mouth dry as dust, she swallowed hard.

Purchase Links:
Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/1xwIx12

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight and that you'll drop by each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time take care and God bless.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

#ThursdayThoughts guest post by Mike Befeler

Good Morning!

Today's guest is new to me and our blog so please give Mike Befeler a great big southern WELCOME!

Mike is past-president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He holds a Master’s degree from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Lakewood, California with his wife, Wendy.

Find out more about Mike by visiting the 'About' page on his website and connecting with him at the following locations:

Now let's see what Mike has to share with us today....

Geezer-lit Mysteries—The What and the Why

I have a confession to make. I write geezer-lit mysteries. Not all my mysteries are geezer-lit since I also have two paranormal mysteries, a theater mystery, a historical mystery, a sports mystery and a thriller, but my six book series and my latest book are geezer-lit mysteries. I didn’t come up with the tag line of geezer-lit mysteries. I owe this to my friend, Christine Goff, who writes bird watching mysteries and thrillers. She was kind enough to give me a blurb for my first published book, Retirement Homes Are Murder: “a wonderful debut novel—a fitting entry in the burgeoning field of geezer-lit.” I ran with it.

So what are geezer-lit mysteries? Simple answer: mysteries that feature older characters. The protagonist in my six book, Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, is in his mid-eighties and has short-term memory loss. Although he can’t remember the day before, he becomes an amateur sleuth and even has a romance with a young chick in her seventies.

My most recent book, Death of a Scam Artist, features a whole new cast of characters. Although the protagonist is in his early forties, the mystery takes place in a retirement community and most of the characters are eighty plus. Here’s a preview: In Death of a Scam Artist, a financial hatchet man who dislikes old people, accepts the job of turning around a failing retirement home and undergoes a life-transforming experience in the world of geezers and geezerettes. He must deal with a suspicious death, a scam, a hit man, an unexpected romance and retired magician Jerry Rhine and his five whacky sidekicks known as the Jerry-atrics. He faces the most important decision of his life when he uncovers the secret behind an unusual murder.

How interesting, Mike! Sounds like a great genre. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today.

Friends, you can pick up a copy of Mike's book at Amazon (Kindle) and B&N.

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll drop by each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time take care and God bless.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

#TuesdayTreasures Freedom

Good Morning Friends,

My scheduled guest couldn't be here so I'm winging it today.

Yesterday marked the 16th anniversary of 9/11 and I'm sure you've seen posts all over encouraging us to never forget and to honor those lives lost in the attacks.

All good advice.

However, I'm going to encourage you to remember the outpouring of love and the way most of our country turned back to God. The same kind of generosity of spirit that has poured out in the last few weeks due to hurricanes and fires and earthquakes.

As a spiritual seeker, I am continually amazed at the books and songs and reminders which assure us As we THINK, we ARE.

If we keep focusing on the bad, we'll perpetuate more and more bad.

However if we focus on the inherent good in mankind, the greatness of our country, the beauty of our planet, the abundance of our universe, the absolute love and benevolence of God....you get my drift... we will see more and more evidence of those things in our lives (goodness, greatness, beauty, abundance, benevolence).

What's all this have to do with freedom, you ask.

Because in this one thing, we have more freedom and more power than we imagine: the freedom to choose what we think about!

So remember and honor, say a prayer, then turn your focus to what's * true *honest *pure *lovely *of good report *virtuous and *praise worthy knowing this is what will help heal America.

Something to think about!
"Inspirational with an Edge!" 

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless!

*Philippians 4:8

Saturday, September 9, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Gail G. Nordskog & Hearts of Purpose!

Good Morning!

The weather is beautiful here in SWLA and SUCH a welcome change from the rain of a couple of weeks ago. In fact, the rain throughout most of the summer.

Today's guest is new to me and our blog and brought to us by PrimeStar Publicity.

Gail Grace Nordskog has established the “Gail Grace Nordskog Collection” to embolden readers to live their lives with a “heart of purpose” for God’s glory.

Gail has been involved in media for over two decades. She presently produces and hosts a program called Hearts of Purpose, that can be seen on her website, heartsofpurpose.com.

Gail and Jerry Nordskog live in Ventura, California, where they have raised six children, four of whom were adopted from China.

Nice to meet you, Gail, now tell us a little more about Hearts of Purpose Volume 1: The Call....

You have a call on your life. My desire is to encourage you to live life in fulfillment of that call. Following the example of Joan of Arc, you can be inspired to live out your purpose in first hearing from God and then taking your stand in following Him. Just as Joan of Arc could step forth in full confidence under the banner of her calling, so we too are under God’s banner as we step out to fulfill our purpose.

Hearts of Purpose brings you ten real-life stories about ten ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the Glory of God. As you read of how God called these women to service, you will be motivated to explore His call in your own life. Let this reading experience be an invitation for you to take a step closer to fulfilling your God given calling in Christ Jesus.

Here is the Introduction:

If you have surrendered your life to Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you have a call on your life.

My desire is to encourage women to live life in fulfillment of that call.  The older I become the more I realize how precious each day is, and I know we can never get that day back.  Do not squander your days, dear sisters!

Following the example of Joan of Arc, who sought God on her knees, received a directive from Him, and then stood and followed His leading, you too can be inspired and equipped to live out your Hearts of Purpose, “The Call,” is guided by Song of Solomon 2:4, “His banner over me is love.” Just as Joan of Arc’s calling, so we too have the banner of God’s love over our lives.

Hearts of Purpose brings you ten real-life stories about ten ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the Glory of God. As you read of how God called these women to service, and how they stepped out of their comfort zones to respond to that call, you will be motivated to explore His call in your own life.

We invite you to use the discussion questions at the end of each chapter to stimulate thought and growth in your private reading, or in small-group discussions. Let this reading experience be an invitation for you to take a step your God-given calling in Christ Jesus.

— Gail Grace Nordskog

Wow...sounds like a great book! Thank you for sharing with us. Hearts of Purpose can be purchased at Amazon, Friends!

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight and that you'll join us each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time, take care and God Bless.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

#ThursdayThoughts Guest Post by Janice Cantore

Good Morning!

A cool front came through for us so hopefully it'll keep Irma away, but PLEASE join me in praying for God's protection, strength and comfort, for those already affected by her and those in her path. THANKS!

Today's guest is brand new to me and brought to us by Tyndale Publishing.

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her twenty-two years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. Crisis Shot is the first title in her Line of Duty series. 

Janice also authored the Cold Case Justice series—Drawing Fire, Burning Proof, and Catching Heat—the Pacific Coast Justice series—Accused, Abducted, and Avenged—and the Brinna Caruso novels, Critical Pursuit and Visible Threat. She also writes a blog about police work. 

Find out more about Janice by visiting her website.

Now lets see what thoughts Janice has to share with us....

Honor the Fallen

There is no bright side to the loss of a fellow officer in the line of duty. It’s more than losing a coworker; it’s like losing a family member, and it’s also a reminder of how dangerous police work can be. The saying “There but by the grace of God go I” applies.

The black mourning band worn across the badge is one way we honor a fallen brother or sister officer. It’s a small gesture, but it is a universal sign of respect and remembrance. During my tenure with the Long Beach Police Department, we wore the band for two of our own: one lost in a car accident, Karl Simons, and a second to an ambush, Daryle Black.

That law enforcement as a profession is dangerous is drilled into you very early in training. We studied a lot of in the line of duty deaths to see if there were mistakes made and to learn how to avoid those mistakes. But an officer can do everything right and, like Daryle Black, die in an ambush. Officers are highly visible; on patrol we want to be seen, so if someone is bent on doing us harm, they can find us.

For the past ten years, the average for line of duty deaths has been around 157 per year. Of course, not every line of duty death is a homicide; officers die from heart attacks, car crashes, etc. But last year, a particularly hard year for police, 145 died in the line of duty and 80 of those were homicides (63 shootings). A lot of officers were killed in very targeted attacks.

Whenever an officer dies and black elastic comes out, there is always the wish that something more could be done to honor him or her. A couple of women I used to work with took that wish to heart and came up with an idea. They expanded on the idea of generic black elastic bands, and HonorBands was born.

After a local officer’s murder, Julia Walling and Laura Tartaglione worked to find a way to give back and honor the fallen. So they decided to personalize the mourning band. Says Julia, “It took us months of trial and error but we finally came up with the first version of the bands. We sewed the bands and used a hand iron in my kitchen to fuse the numbers to the bands.”

They personalize elastic bands with the officer’s ID or badge number, and the black bands are donated to the officer’s department. It’s no longer generic; it’s unique. Fortunately and unfortunately, there was quite a demand and their concept took off and they found themselves with a lot of orders to fill. “We now have a work space, use a commercial heat press, new fusing material, and high school volunteers.”

It seems like a small thing, but it’s a lasting memento for an officer’s department, honoring their coworker’s ultimate sacrifice.  

Thank you so much for your post, Janice! My (deceased) husband served as a Deputy Sheriff and Police Officer for our town's Department. Although he did not die in the line of duty, I can see where these honor bands and this website can bring recognition and comfort to those who love and mourn officers who have.

Now tell us a little about your book, Crisis Shot can be found at Amazon and Tyndale.

Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.

Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

Sounds like a winner, Janice! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

Hope you enjoyed the post, friends and that you'll drop by each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

#TuesdayTreasures Guest post & interview by Pamela Jannarone

Good Morning!

Today's guest is new to me and our blog so please give her a warm welcome....

Pamela Jannarone Scott is a Freelance writer based in the heart of Georgia.  She is a born and raised Jersey girl and loves the seashores of the east coast.

She writes flash fiction, short stories, interviews, confessions, and loves family, and wild sunsets!

Her blog can be found at http://thewritingvineyard.blogspot.com/

Pamela is bringing us an interview with Christian Lee, Partner and Publisher at Centum Press. Take it away, Pamela....

Writing Flash Fiction Between Novels - One Hundred Voices Volume Three Centum Press Anthology.  Discount Code Offer: 100V3-79  bit.ly/100VoicesV3

Flash Fiction Between Novels

Trying to sell your book?  Did you know that you can increase your chances of sales by writing Flash Fiction and giving your readers a chance to get to know your style and writing voice? Christian Lee, Founder and Publisher at Centum Press offers a bit of advice for writers and readers!

Welcome Christian Lee, Executive Chairman, Allegiant Publishing Group, Inc.

Pamela:  Congratulations on the third anthology One Hundred Voices Volume Three with Centum Press being published and released!

Christian Lee:  Thank you! We're really happy to have the book published and available for sale on Amazon.

Pamela:  Can you elaborate on the inception of having an anthology that includes 100 authors from around the globe and the structure of the royalty program that is included for writing Flash Fiction?

Christian Lee:  I actually had the idea before I joined Marc Estes to work on Snow Leopard Publishing, which is Allegiant Publishing Group's original imprint. I was working as a marketing manager at another publishing company at the time and realized that in many cases the marketing efforts of an author are the most effective. I knew, however, that a single author could only do so much, so I wondered to myself if there was a way to scale the efforts of a single author. That's when I came up with the idea of publishing a single book that was written by one hundred authors. It wasn't until Marc and I partnered that I really began working through implementing my idea and fine tuning the publishing model, which is honestly still a work in progress.

As far as the royalty program, I've always thought that any author deserves compensation for his or her work regardless of how much effort he or she puts into promoting his or her stories. At the same time, however, I have always thought that t would be nice if authors who put in extra effort reaped greater rewards.

Pamela:  One Hundred Voices Volume One and Two have five star ratings on Amazon.com.   The uniques blend of 100 voices from one hundred authors gives great appeal in the literary world.  Can these two volumes be purchased at the Centum Press website?  Does it still include a Discount Code?

Christian Lee:  All three volumes in the One Hundred Voices series can be purchased through our website, centumpublishing.com. All three volumes can also be purchased from Amazon.com. Copies of Volumes One and Two are currently discounted through our site, and if you get an additional discount code from one of our authors, you can save even more. Check our Twitter feed for codes. We've re-tweeted a lot of them. Volume Three isn't discounted through our site, but you can still save if you get a discount code.

Pamela:  With the third volume of One Hundred Voices in the Centum Press anthology being released and published, will there be a signature collection available in the future where all three volumes can be purchased together at the website?

Christian Lee: I've definitely thought about publishing a "mega book" with all three volumes compiled within it. I'm not sure if we will go that route or not. It would be really cool to publish, but I think it could turn into a logistical nightmare. :)

Pamela:  Are you still accepting submissions for One Hundred Volume Four and when is the deadline?

Christian Lee:  We need a few hundred more submissions for Volume Four! It takes quite a lot of submissions for us to find the one hundred or so that we want to publish, so we'll be accepting submissions for several months.

Pamela:  Thank you so much for being in the spotlight and again Congratulations on a wonderful new publishing experience bringing new and experiended authors together.  If there is one piece of advise that you would like to offer to writers and readers, what would that be?

Christian Lee:  You're very welcome! I'd recommend that authors try to write shorter pieces in between their books. I think that short fiction can be a great way for readers to be introduced to new authors without having to commit to reading an entire book. I know for me personally, it can take a few months to read a full book, so I rarely pick one up if I don't already know something about the author. For instance, I have lots of great business books unread on my shelf, but I'm reading Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins because I've watched dozens of hours of his speeches, interviews, and seminars. I think if authors had more short form fiction available, more readers would be willing to make the commitment to give their books a try.

P.S.  Save an exclusive price when ordering One Hundred Voices  Volume Three Centum Press Anthology.  Discount Code: 100V3-79   Go to: bit.ly/100VoicesV3

Wow...thanks Pamela and Christian! Having a chance to get our work published is always something to treasure.

Hope you enjoyed today's post friends and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight is on KariAnne Wood & So Close to Amazing

Good Morning and Welcome to the first Saturday Spotlight in September!

Today's guest is new to me (and therefore new to the blog) and brought to us by Tyndale, so please extend her a warm welcome......

KariAnne Wood writes the award-winning lifestyle blog Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. 

Her blog has been named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens and won the 2012 Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award for decorating. 

KariAnne and her husband have four children.

Find out more about KariAnne by visiting her website and connecting with her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

So nice to meet you, KariAnne! Now tell us a little about your new book, So Close to Amazing....

Some days we women are so amazing it would make your head spin. And other days . . . well, we’re so close.

Can you relate? One day, my hair is behaving; the house is clean; the DIY project turns out Pinterest perfect; all my kids actually like each other. On days like that, it’s an undisputed fact: I am an absolute rock star at life.

And then comes the next day. I decide to trim my own bangs. It’s a tragic miscalculation.

I was so close. So close to amazing.

This book is a celebration of you and me—the incredible, awesome, yes-we-sometimes-mess-it-all-up you and me. It’s my own story of figuring out that perfection is overemphasized and overrated; of learning from mistakes and rejoicing over every victory, no matter how small.

Because when you embrace the imperfect you God created you to be, you’ll discover the amazing that was there all along.

Book contains 12 original DIY projects!


I once went to a yard sale in the middle of a flood.

I’d been sandbagging for four days straight in ripped jeans, a dusty Texas Longhorns sweatshirt and hair that hadn’t seen shampoo or a brush for over a week.  I was tired.  I was exhausted.  And then?  I saw it.

A sign for a multifamily sale.

The yard sale was a sight to behold. Treasures were scattered across the lawn. The heavens opened—but this time, instead of rain, it was angels singing a heavenly chorus.

Suddenly, across the yard, I spotted the exact thing I had no idea I’d been looking for.

It was the most amazing farmhouse table I’d ever seen. Slowly I made my way across the yard and in the most nonchalant voice I could muster, I asked the price of the table.  The woman running the yard sale looked me up and down as I stood there with my seven-day hair, torn jeans, and sand-covered sweatshirt.

Maybe it was the outfit.

Maybe she felt sorry for me.

Whatever the motivation, the next words that came out of her mouth made me gasp. “That table is twenty-five dollars,” she said gruffly.  What?  I stared at her, speechless. My mouth opened and shut and opened again in amazement. Seriously? Only twenty-five dollars?Instinctively, my hands tightened on the top of the table. The yard sale proprietor took my blank stare, my lack of conversation, and my convulsive grip on her furniture as my attempt at negotiation.

And lowered the price.

“Okay,” she said with a sigh. “If you give me twenty dollars, it’s yours.” As I drove away with my table, smiling gleefully, I heard a sweet sound coming across the cornfields.

It was the angels---starting a second verse.

What a great story KariAnne! Thanks for sharing and spending your Saturday here in the spotlight.

Hope you enjoyed KariAnne's visit friends and that you'll join me next (and each) week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.  Meanwhile, pick up your copy of So Close to Amazing at Amazon and B&N.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.

    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    #ThursdayThoughts on Harvey

    As I sit here wondering what to write about, my thoughts are a jumbled mess. Last week I talked about Higher Love and mentioned a "storm" in the Gulf.

    Well that 'storm' turned out to be a real bitch of a storm. A monster who has stolen life and property from millions...yes, MILLIONS!

    In case you don't know, I LOVE the water....lakes, beaches, creeks, bayous, waterfalls.
    While on my West Coast Vacation, I saw rivers so furious it would take a truly foolish person to try and navigate them.

    (Kings River - Kings Canyon National Park)

    Of course there were some who tried and they cause not only injury to themselves but put others in danger.

    I saw placid lakes and pure beauty in waterfalls.

    Narada Falls Mt. Rainier Ntl. Park

                                                                         Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park

    But we have to remember to respect what we love and not turn our back on the power of water. The power of nature.

    A friend of mine lived in Rockport, TX. She has nothing to go back to.

    Other friends and family have lost everything but their lives. I'm eternally grateful.

    We hear so many horror stories and yet see so much beauty in neighbors helping neighbors regardless of race, color or creed.

    But, what can we do?

    We must be wise as serpents yet gentle as doves. We must pray and research the "relief" organizations. Be smart about going to help out and protect ourselves from illness and injury.

    Do what you can with what you've got and expect God's blessings on your efforts.

    Something to think about...
    "Inspirational with an Edge!" 

    Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll drop by each week for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

    Until next time, take care and God bless.

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    #TuesdayTreasures Guest post by Terry Palmer

    Good Morning,

    It's soggy, soggy, soggy here in SWLA. Hurricane Harvey has caused torrential rains and flooding all over TX and is headed in our direction as a Tropical storm. Hope everyone is safe! Today's guest is new so please give Terry Palmer a great big welcome....

    I found a treasure to share with you today.  It’s not unlike what my granddaughter does.  When taking a walk with her, don’t be in a hurry, as every few steps another treasure shows its way into her world.
    Especially the neighbors flowers.  Oh, the fascination of the different textures, colors, and fragrance.  For her, these call out to her, to touch, to share a fragrance, or just to enjoy in passing.

    As a Christian writer, her antics have taught me so much to apply to my stories.  Instead of rushing through a scene, now my characters stop and become aware of the background, the theme, and become a richer scene for it all.

    As a result, each character has a moment to develop his or her character strengths or lack of, as the villain deals out treachery with a skill and finesse to make the best hero falter.  At the same time, our heroes can make a stand for faith at the exact crucial moment so that darkness is defeated and people find Jesus as the solution and not the problem.

    Ted pulled his black Harley around in back of the church, letting his mind follow a prompt.  Look to the northwest.  He parked next to the familiar blue Harley and let his feet take him to the second lower lookout.

    Rita glanced up as his stocky form emerged from the boulders.  “This is getting to be a habit.”

    Ted nodded as he levered his weight down against the hard boulders.  “You come here often?”

    She jumped at his bait.  “Just when I want to meet my kind of guy.”

    Ted raised his eyebrow but ignored her jest.  He pointed past the city of Ravenna nestled below along the muddy Mississippi River and high hills toward the northwest.  “It’s getting stronger.  Any clue yet?”

    Rita followed his gaze and lowered her voice to whisper.  “Ted…”

    His voice matched hers.  “I know…”

    She leaned against his bulk and shivered.  “I’ve heard of the call of the wild.  We both KNOW the call of the road. But what’s this?  So many conflicting thoughts.”

    Ted gasped as sudden revelation came into clear focus.  “Yes!  That’s it exactly.  Two conflicting voices, battling to be heard.”  His shiver matched hers.  “The first one scares me an’ that isn’t easy to do…”

    Rita pulled her long legs up and pulled her arms around them in thought.  “Me too.  I get these visions of an evil presence, reaching out toward me, trying desperately to drown out the second voice.”

    Ted jerked back against the hard rock and gulped.  “That’s it exactly.  Thanks.  Couldn’t put it into words…”

    Rita grimaced at her recollection.  “An’ the other voice?”

    Ted lowered his voice again.  “Still small voice, carrying an awesome message…  In Spirit and Truth!”

    She reached out a shaking hand.  “Ted…  This…  This is scaring me!”

    He put his arm around her and sighed.  Me too.  Whatever it is?  Is gonna happen soon, like real soon.  Then…, as far as I can tell, that’ll set up a sequence of events like…”

    She put her hand on his arm as shiver convulsed her again.  “You believe in evil?  A yawning darkness, seeking to swallow us up to prevent His Word from coming out?”

    Ted nodded as he absently put his hand over hers.  “My place…  Hmmm, don’t quite know how to explain this.  My visions you know…  When I went to a place of higher understanding.  Seemed so real, like it just happened.”  He felt his lips move per his thought.  “Because they won’t stop.  Won’t stop and be still!  Be still and know that I am God…”  He startled at his own words.  “Just what Ralph said…  Hmmm.”

    Rita nodded.  “Tell me again…, please?”

    Ted closed his eyes.  “He took me to a place of higher understanding.  Hard to explain.  I saw it there. A depth of darkness trying to steal this nation.  Some kind of evil motive, trying to subvert the government to its will.  Really scares me, you know?   The depth of wickedness involved in that.  Then, a hand of disaster…”

    Rita gasped as he said the word.  “I feel that too.  Jumbles of rock and heat moving toward some kind of rendezvous.”

    Ted hesitated.  “Yeah an’ that brings me to the tiny chapel window blowing out, the floor shakin’ so…  Can’t get away from that…  To know that level of evil…”

    My characters move on to discover that Jesus is the source of their strength as the storms of life do come and darkness does take a swipe at them, but through all things – faith makes the difference.

    That is the theme throughout the series.  To overcome adversity through a step of faith in Jesus.

    Terry Palmer is a new author to most of you.  He lives with his wife, Leann, in Rosemount, Minnesota, where he is mostly retired and loves to write his novels and devotionals.  You can find his latest title for free at this link in INKITT.  https://www.inkitt.com/stories/thriller/129589

    Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll join me each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    #SaturdaySpotlight is on Clare Revell and All That Glitters!

    Good Morning!

    Clare Revell is no stranger to our blog. She recently shared treasures with us and introduced us to her newest release, All That Glitters.

    Today we'll get a peek further into the book.

    Gold medalist, Peter Stanmore has returned home a broken man and intends to put the past behind him. But love isn't so easily repressed, and second chances are rare.

    Jill Davenport has given up any hope of marriage and a life of her own, after all, years ago, she lost the only man she ever loved. But the truth is impossible to hide.

    When secrets are revealed, decisions must be made in spite of the consequences. Can what was once lost be found, or is love destined to remain forever lost?

    Peter Stanmore stood on the Olympic podium, the men’s figure skating gold medal surprisingly heavy around his neck. From the speakers to one side of the ice rink, the United Kingdom national anthem played while the Union Flag fluttered over his head. This is for you, Mum and Dad. Tears pricked his eyes as he sang along. He’d watched ceremonies like this before and couldn’t believe the number of athletes who shed tears during them, yet here he was doing the very same thing. Crying and smiling with overwhelming happiness and at the same time, in awe of what he’d just done.
    It had to be the pinnacle of his career. Proof, if proof were needed, that God honors those who honor Him.

    Peter had made a concerted effort never to compete on a Sunday, which resulted in him being dropped from teams or not even selected. Sundays were for God, not for skating and definitely not for competitions. And it seemed his faith and determination were now paying off. Just as it had for Eric Liddell decades before him.

    Peter finally had the medal he’d craved, without having to compromise either his beliefs or his promise to the Lord along the way.

    And the glory went to God, not him.

    He waved as the anthem ended and posed for photos with the other medalists, including the obligatory kissing-the-medal picture that he’d never seen the point of before and still didn’t now. As the cameras flashed around him, the ‘if onlys’ began to filter through his mind.

    If only things were different.

    If only Mum and Dad were here. His heart broke that they weren’t here to share it with him. An accident had ripped his family apart just months before the Olympics, taking his parents from him and leaving him alone. He hoped that somehow they were watching him from heaven and shared in the mixed emotions that filled him.

    If only Jill had been here to collect it with him.

    His career had begun in pairs skating. He and Jill worked their way up to the nationals and just as they were about to make it big, he’d messed up completely. As a result he’d made a career decision he now wished desperately he could undo. He’d allowed himself to be persuaded the right hand path was better than the left. That meant leaving Jill behind, a decision he’d regretted every moment of every day since.

    This should have been both of them, not just him. He needed to call her, to put things right, to try to atone.

    Three hours later, he sat on the couch in the team hotel still trying to pluck up the courage to call Jill.

    Winston Brown, one of the bobsleigh team, nudged him. “Hey, a bunch of us are going to celebrate your win with a bottle of soda and a game of darts. Coming?”

    “Sure, why not.” He grabbed his coat and followed them outside. It was snowing again and the wind turned the heavy flakes into a blizzard. As Peter stepped out onto the wooden decking, his foot slipped on the ice beneath him sending him flying to the floor. His ankle snapped with an audible crack as he landed.

    Pain ricocheted as stars danced in front of his vision. For a long moment he wasn’t sure if he would throw up or pass out. Either way, nothing made much sense. He closed his eyes, hoping the pain would just go away.

    Sometime later he opened his eyes to find a doctor wearing surgical scrubs beside his bed. He remembered falling and vaguely remembered an ambulance, but that could have been a dream. The smell told him he was in hospital, and he was definitely awake. Wide awake. He glanced down at his legs, but his vision was obscured by a screen. His stomach plummeted. “Doctor, what have I done? And please, don’t sugarcoat it with platitudes. I need to know.”

    “OK, Mr. Stanmore. When you fell, you shattered your ankle. So we had to operate to screw your ankle back together. The metal pins will need a mention in your passport—I’ll give you a letter for that. You’ll be able to walk, possibly without a limp eventually, but I’m afraid your competing days are over. Your ankle just won’t take the strain of the jumps and turns.”

    The bottom fell out of his world. The irony was not lost on him.

    Only a few hours ago, he’d been on top of the world, literally. Now, he was at his lowest ebb. As the doctor left, Peter closed his eyes as the words of Psalm 31 filled his mind.

    Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.


    Jill Davenport picked up the local paper and put it on her mother’s tray. Despite it being the previous day’s news, her mother liked reading it over breakfast. Not that she remembered what she’d read, but it gave her something to do for a while. The headlines were once more dominated by the victorious Olympic team who, having won more medals at a Winter Games than any previous British team, had visited both Downing Street and Buckingham Palace yesterday.

    In the middle of the picture stood Peter Stanmore—the kid next door who grew up to be a friend, then more than a friend, and a skating partner…until the lights of stardom called him away, leaving her behind.

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    Clare is a British author. She lives in a small town just outside Reading, England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, their three children, and unfriendly mini-panther, aka Tilly the black cat. They have recently been joined by Hedwig and Sirius the guinea pigs. Clare is half English and half Welsh, which makes watching rugby interesting at times as it doesn’t matter who wins.

    Writing from an early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fan fiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, crocheting or doing the many piles of laundry the occupants of her house manage to make.

    Her books are based in the UK, with a couple of exceptions, thus, although the spelling may be American in some of them, the books contain British language and terminology and the more recent ones are written in UK English.

    The first draft of every novel is hand written.

    She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of four registrars.

    She can be found at:

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    Until next time, take care and God bless.

    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    #ThursdayThoughts on Higher Love

    Good Morning!

    Well, August is winding down...only 1 week to go before we get into September. Fall is quickly approaching and there's a tropical storm (Harvey) in the Gulf so everyone is on high alert. But that's not what I want to talk about....

    I'm reading A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson and the song Higher Love by Steve Winwood is one of the tunes in the current Centergy workout I stretch, bend, strengthen and sweat to at Dynamic Demensions in Moss Bluff.

    As a word person, the lyrics to this song really caught my attention. Steve talks about finding a higher love "down in the heart or in the stars above" and how without this higher love, life is "a wasted time."

    As a spiritual seeker, it amazes me how, where some folks hear a tune that gets their feet moving (it does that for me too LOL!) I hear words that reflect the longing in my soul.

    In fact, I'm pretty sure it's the longing of everyone's soul.

    How often do we run from job to job or relationship to relationship or even move from one location to another in search of something better? Something higher. Something that fulfills the ache in our heart and longing in our soul.

    In reality what we're seeking is already within us....in our relationship with God.

    And that's where Marianne's book comes into play.

    A Return to Love is filled with thoughts and prayers about returning our hearts and minds to God, to reconnect with His love by power of the Holy Spirit within us and in others - which we pray to recognize, see and call forth in those whom we love and come into contact with. This leads to the healing of our soul, the perfection of our inner being, and is reflected in our outer life circumstances.

    Now I know there's a lot of controversy around A Course in Miracles and this book is based on the author's understanding and reflections on the Course, but for me, it has opened a whole new outlook on Jesus' commandment to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40).

    Here's the rub though....do we really love ourselves?

    And, how can we truly love anyone if we don't first love God and love our self?

    How often do we put ourselves down in a way we'd never put down a friend or even a stranger for that matter!

    So instead of thinking about all that's wrong in your life or the world at large, take a moment today and meditate on the blessings in your life and the good within yourself. Reflect on the love you've given others, the help you've extended when possible, the knowledge and experience you've shared just because you love what you do, and spend a few moments thanking and praising yourself for your generosity and God for the gifts and talents He's given you.

    I promise doing this on a regular basis will lead to a realization of how full and beautiful your life really is!

    Something to think about...
    "Inspirational with an Edge!"

    Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll drop by each week for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

    Until next time, take care and God bless.