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...


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.

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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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Meet the Beast of Stratton

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.

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.


The Scarlet Cord (co-wrote with Sharon Faucheux)

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

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lucky Reader Event

Join eFiction Finds on March 17th from 1:00-10:00 p.m. ET for their Lucky Reader Event Facebook Party. There will be prizes, authors, and lots of 99 cent eBook deals!  I’ll be hosting from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET, and I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of Shrouded In Secrets.

To join in the fun, sign up at

Friday, March 13, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Old City Cartagena

Cartagena, Columbia was established in 1533 by the Spanish explorer Madrileño Don Pedro de Heredia.  The “Old City” is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the original city walls, constructed to protect its citizens from pirates, are still intact.  The wall encircles narrow winding streets lined with colorful Spanish Colonial architecture. Restaurants, performers, and artisans selling their wares create an exciting atmosphere to explore in this amazing part of Cartagena

Monday, March 9, 2015

Prisoner of the Pearls

I would like to introduce contemporary and historical romance author, Karen Cogan. Her new release, Prisoner of the Pearls, is available now. Please continue reading for a quick blurb and a little more about this very prolific author. I intended to list her other work, but when I searched for Karen on Amazon, there were more books than I imagined, so I hope you’ll check them out for yourself.


Though Debra is saddened by the death of her beloved aunt, she treasures the historic home in Galveston, Texas the dear woman left to her. Also, bequeathed, are a string of flawless pearls and a note warning her to never wear them. Unable to resist, Debra fastens them around her neck. She never dreams of the history behind the pearls, or the power they will have over her life. Will she solve their mystery, or wear them to her death?


 A native of Houston, TX, Karen spent her early years enjoying life along the Gulf Coast.  After high school, she attended Texas A&M as well as the University of Houston where she obtained a B.S. in early childhood education. She has written numerous articles and stories, books for children and novels for adults.  She particularly enjoys writing contemporary and historical romance. She now lives in the Southwest with her family and assorted pets.

Connect with Karen on Facebook at!/kcogan2 or on Twitter at

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Panama Canal Zone

A journey through the Panama Canal is an amazing experience. It is one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world. Opened in 1914, the 51-mile canal cuts across Panama.  The canal shortened the sailing distance between New York and San Francisco by over 7,000 miles, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, forever changing world commerce.  More than a million ships have traveled through the intricate lock system, which consists of three sets of locks, Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores locks, which rise and lower ships and boats of all sizes from one ocean, across land to the other ocean. 

Much of what you see along the canal is industrial, but no less interesting. The magnitude of the accomplishment is simply awe-inspiring. There is also some beautiful jungle scenery and wildlife to view. We saw many birds, a few crocodiles on the Atlantic side, and a small group of coati during this amazing experience.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Legitimate Lies
I am pleased to introduce a great author and amazing woman, Julie B. Cosgrove. Julie is a freelance writer, professional speaker and published author. She is a member of Advanced Writers & Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, North Texas Christian Writers, The Christians Writers Group Two, and Christian Writers Fellowship International.

She represents Women at Risk International, a Christian missionary group who sponsor safe houses for women and children snatched from human trafficking and slavery in thirteen countries and is actively involved in Prayer For Freedom, a nonprofit anti-trafficking ministry.

As a speaker, Julie has achieved the highest level of communication award, the Advance Communication Gold, in Toastmasters International. She has led quiet days, workshops and retreats as well as spoken to many women’s and church groups throughout Texas, Louisiana and Florida, and in Indianapolis.

Julie writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications. In the past three years alone, her articles have been featured in Devozine and Alive Now Magazines published by the Upper Room, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, Faith-filled Family Magazine, Good News Daily, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, and The Journey.

For a taste of her latest Christian Fiction suspense novel, Legitimate Lies, please keep reading.


Jen assumes she can escape her past after she testifies against Robert, her human trafficking mogul husband, and enters into witness protection under a new identity. That is until a baby shows up on the stoop of the library where she works, and another man from her past, Tom, appears in her living room. Now she must relocate again under yet another name and memorize a new set of legitimate lies to explain who she is. 

When Robert discovers her latest identity, he has other plans for her, such as enslaving her in a Tudor manor in Southern England. The scandalous family secrets she discovers may hold the key to her and the daughter of the manor’s freedom. But first she must tunnel through a myriad of lies, including the dark sin which has held her own heart captive. If the truth is revealed, will it hinder her one chance for happiness?

Legitimate Lies and other work by Julie is available through your favorite on-line ebook retailer.

Click her to view Legitimate Lies on Amazon, and here to view Hush in the Storm.