Monday, March 30, 2015

Love, Loss, and the Human Spirit

I’m pleased to announce the latest release from Amazon best-selling author, Buffy Andrews. Ella’s Rain is an inspirational story about love and loss and finding the power to overcome grief. Please continue reading for more on the must-read novel, and to learn more about the author.

My dearest Ella, I wish we would have had more time together, but we both know that we don't always get what we want...

Ella is consumed by grief when her Grandma Dorothy dies. Left with Grandma's ashes in an alabaster urn, Ella dreams of rubbing it like a magic lamp and Grandma suddenly appearing. But it's only a dream. To protect herself from experiencing this kind of heartache ever again, Ella pulls away from Trey, the love of her life. Better to leave him than to lose him, she thinks. Slowly Ella learns to live again as she reads the letters Grandma left behind one for every day of the coming year.

My dearest Ella, I can't believe that I'm writing the last note you will ever receive from me. By the time you read this, a whole year will have passed since my death. I hope my notes have helped you find your way...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A journalist by day and an author by night, Buffy Andrews loves telling stories. Some of her fiction ideas pop into her head at the most inopportune times, such as during a sermon or in the shower or when she’s supposed to be listening in a meeting. She’s written all over church bulletins, jumped out of the shower more than once to write down an idea and turned meeting handouts into story boards.

When she’s not writing, she’s leading an award-winning team of journalists at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in York, PA., where she’s Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications and the newspaper’s social media coordinator.

In addition to her writing blog, Buffy’s Write Zone, she maintains a social media blog, Buffy's World.  She is also a newspaper and magazine columnist and writes middle-grade, young adult and women's fiction.

She lives in southcentral Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom; two sons, Zach and Micah; and wheaten cairn terrier Kakita.

Check out other titles by Buffy Andrews by clicking on the Amazon links below:







Friday, March 27, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Hottest, Driest, and Lowest

Death Valley National Park is the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in our National Park System.  Despite its inhospitable appearance, the rugged terrain supports a host of wildlife, which isn’t all that easy to spot in such an immense area. So, we focused on the interesting geological features and colorful landscape.  There is something inherently beautiful in its simplicity and the vast open spaces.  For more information visit http://www.nps.gov/deva

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Meet the Beast of Stratton

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I am pleased to introduce author, Renee Blare, and her recently released romantic suspense novel, Beast of Stratton.  The book is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your favorite online retailers (Kindle and NOOK only $.99). To learn more about Renee and her new release, please continue reading. 

He appears the beast, but she sees his heart...
Architect Aimee Hart, determined to locate her father, infiltrates Miles Stratton’s engineering firm as a secretary. Her presence wrenches the shaggy, wounded man from his penthouse, and the quest begins.
Betrayed by his best friend, Miles would rather hide than help, especially from the man's daughter. But something's not right. Someone’s trying to destroy Stratton Industrial. A decorated war veteran, he's defended his own before and the Beast of Stratton can do it again.
Even with the enemy at his side.
 

EXCERPT:
Copyright 2015 © Renee Blare 

He’d vanished. 

She’d called his friends, the family. She’d even tried her stepmother who’d hung up on her. Well, okay, maybe that wasn’t the brightest idea. 

A red rose rolled across her father’s tattered note, caught in the breeze from the open window. Sliding the pane down, she picked up the flower. The words on the page blurred as she buried her nose in the soft petals. 

Instead of saying goodbye to his wife in his last letter, he’d simply left explicit instructions not to follow him. Aimee snorted. Like the woman would care. He’d sent it with the rose and an antique necklace. She held the thick chain aloft and peered at the golden key spinning in the light. The jewelry had probably cost a fortune.

And her stepmother was nowhere to be found. Scratch that. According to her, she wanted to be left alone. It didn’t make a difference to Aimee what the letter said and to whom, she’d follow. A small smile worked its way to her lips as she fastened the necklace around her neck. 

The zipper stuck on the edge of the suitcase and she gave it a hard jerk. Dragging the bulging bag off the bed, it hit the floor with a thunk. She slid her arms into her jacket and looped her purse over the handle. She dropped the rose, and it landed beside her plane ticket next to her wallet. Before latching her fingers around her bag, she tucked the key under her shirt out of sight. “Stratton Industrial, here I come.” 

About the Author:
Renee Blare’s nose has been buried in a book for as long as she can remember. Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, she started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the awesome town of Laramie. She’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.

After a brief detour to Texas, she’s back home, nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy old dog and ornery cat. Add her son and parents dropping in for a home-cooked meal, and life’s never dull around her house. She serves the community of northeastern Wyoming as a pharmacist while penning her stories about struggling Christians as they travel along the journeys of their lives—keeping things interesting, of course. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blogs, and social media.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Costa Rica Cows and Crocs

While cruising up the Rio Frio River in Costa Rica, we motored past this group of cows standing belly-deep in the river. Maybe the cows are large enough where they have no predators, but I interpreted their calm demeanor to indicate this section of the river to be relatively crocodile-free.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Baxter Road Miracle

Epic eBook Awards 2014 winner, Carlene Havel, has released a new book, Baxter Road Miracle. Carlene writes Christian-themed romances and historical novels. She has lived in Turkey, Republic of the Philippines, and numerous US states. After a career in human resources and software development, she began writing in 2005. Read on for a sneak peak at Baxter Road Miracle and links to her other award winning work, read on.

Can faith move mountains? The Youngbloods are about to find out. 

Henry Youngblood is determined to plant a new church in Buffalo Creek, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Meanwhile, his pregnant wife worries about paying the bills. One daughter dreams of a college education she cannot afford, and the other wants nothing more than popularity. It will take a miracle for the Youngblood family’s dreams to come true.

OTHER BOOKS BY CHARLENE HAVEL

The Scarlet Cord (co-wrote with Sharon Faucheux)

Daughter of the King (co-wrote with Sharon Faucheux)