Thursday, December 15, 2011

Warring Spirits by April Gardner

There’s a party going on!!

Historical fiction author April W Gardner is celebrating the release of Warring Spirits, the second book in her Creek Country Saga! Everyone who purchases Warring Spirits on Amazon today, December 15, 2011, will be entered into SIX different drawings for some cool and unique prizes. That’s right—ONE purchase. SIX chances to win. 


She’s also giving away personalized, signed book plates (labels for the inside cover). One for every book you purchase. That’s a lot of bang for your buck. Order today and cross a few names off your Christmas list!

So what’s this book about? Warring Spirits is the sequel to Wounded Spirits, April’s Grace Award winning debut novel. Here’s a bit about today’s featured novel: 

Where blood is spilt, unexpected love may bloom.

In 1816 Georgia, escaped slaves control the land just beyond the American border in Las Floridas. Lost somewhere between white and black worlds, Milly follows hope to the only place that can offer her refuge—the place Georgians are calling Negro Fort. The first, sweet taste of freedom convinces Milly that surrender is not an option. Death would be more welcome.

Major Phillip Bailey has orders to subdue the uprising and return the runaways to their masters. Forced to fight alongside Creek warriors—the same who etched the scars into his mind and flesh—Phillip primes himself for battle.  But inside, a war already rages—return for the woman he thought lost to him or concede her to the enemy she loves; follow orders or follow his heart.

Sound intriguing? Head over to APRIL'S PLACE to learn more! Or go straight to AMAZON to get your copy.

I’ve invited the her to visit with us today, so we can get to know her a bit better.

April, welcome!

Hi! Thanks for having me and for being such a vital part of this special day.

Does your faith influence your writing? If so, in what way?
In the past, I’ve been deeply touched by Christian fiction, so I know that God can use it to reach lives. If He chose me as a vessel to do the same for others, I would be honored. I want every word that I write to glorify Him, but I also want to write realistically—no hokey, everyone-gets-saved-in-the-end Christianity for me. Life is tough. People reject Christ. Christians make mistakes—big ones. That’s the kind of reality in my writing that I strive for.

What made you choose to write about the Creek Indians?
My genealogy and the belief that Chief Red Eagle Weatherford is one of my greats prompted my research. It hasn’t been proven that he's family, but I don’t need proof to know that his life and that of his people are fascinating, inspiring, and sadly tragic.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
 Does plotting in the shower count? I really do my best plotting in the morning under a steaming hot shower. Our water bill doesn’t appreciate it, but my heroes do! 

Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I backed into my husband’s car, crunching the bumpers of both vehicles. Twice. In three months.
I can solve a Rubik Cube. Takes me ten minutes, but I can do it. It’s my only claim to braininess.
I collect antiquarian books.

If you could open your own retail store, what type of merchandise would you sell?
Is it cheating to say books? LOL I’d love to open a coffee shop/used book store. As an author, I’m supposed to loath used books, but I can’t help myself. Used books are the best! Used books plus coffee…utopia.

If you had to describe your personality using a Native American name, what would it be?
Butterfly Woman. Because my mind constantly flits from one subject to another.

What themes do you like to write about?
I get a thrill at finding an intriguing bit of history buried by time and lost to most. Any setting will do, although I prefer it be American. It’s important to know where we’ve come from and who carved our country into what it is.

What other books do you have in the works?
Next up is the release of the first book my children’s historical adventure series, Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang. It takes kids 9+ back to 1940 and the Nazi invasion of Guernsey Island, UK. The book is based on the events in the life of Ruth Davies, my friend and sister in Christ. It’s a history lesson and story of faith wrapped up in an enticing adventure, and I can’t wait to share it!

Head over to April's site to see what all the hoopla's about!

About April:
April W Gardner resides in Georgia with her USAF husband and two sweet kiddos. She is the author of the historical romance series, the Creek Country Saga, as well as the children’s adventure series, the Channel Islands Resistance. She is the founder and senior editor of the fun literary website, Clash of the Titles. In her free time, April enjoys reading, organizing, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Night of the Cossack by Tom Blubaugh

Today, December 8th ONLY!

Amazon book launch of Night of the Cossack

by Tom Blubaugh

Go to landing page for instructions.

*You must purchase from Amazon either the Kindle version or a

'new' paperback from Bound by Faith Publishers to qualify.

The new paperback version will be a signed copy by the author and shipped FREE to an address in the USA.

TODAY, Dec. 8th, 2011 ONLY.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Review of The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Shoppe is a delightful novella perfect for Christmas giving. The characters are well drawn, the plot engaging and the theme inspiring.

When Matilda Honeycutt purchases an old building on the main street of a small town, the other shopkeepers are suspicious and worried. When she opens what appears to be a thrift shop they are enraged and stirred to get rid of her by an unscrupulous town councilman who wants the old building for himself.

The local newspaper man and the lovely town manager, also a newcomer to town, try to build bridges between Matilda and the town and find a bridge being built between their own lives. But will they allow it to be complete or will they burn it down?

Things begin to change as the people of Parrish Springs step through the doors of Matilda's shop. Is she a witch? What is happening to the people of this small town? And will Matilda be forced out?

Melody Carlson has given another great read. Don't miss it. Purchase here
or at Amazon. com

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Through a Country Window by Eric. E Wright

Publication News of book out of print for several years

Through a Country Window

by Eric E. Wright

A light-hearted and inspirational look at country living from out where the sky springs free.

What happens when a farm girl from South Carolina and a city boy from Toronto trade their suburban split-level for a log house in the country? Besides crazy craft on the Ganaraska River and live theatre in a barnyard, Eric & Mary Helen Wright discover crickets in the bedroom, and thunder on the ridges. They also rediscover the creative majesty of God—and much more.

ISBN 1-55306-202-7 264 pages - 40 photographs

Readers write;

· “I seldom read, but before I knew it was at page 89!”

· “It’s so refreshing” “I’m having trouble putting it down!” “It’s the best book I’ve read in a long time.”

· “It’s a hoot!” “It reminded me of growing up in New Brunswick.”

· “As I read I was taken back to the sky of my childhood in Saskatchewan.”

What other authors are saying;

· “Delightful journey down roads seldom explored these days. . . Eric Wright takes us on the vacation of a lifetime filling it with gentle reminders of the joy of simplicity and the power of faith . . . the vacation ends too soon!” Phil Callaway, author of Making Life Rich Without Any Money

· “His enchanting journey unfolds as he and his wife discover the never-ending wonders of rural life at all seasons. Joyful, wistful, and often funny, this is a book to delight the reader.” Claire Mowat, author of The Outport People

· “Lyrical and affectionate, with a wry wonder at Nature’s gifts and human nature.” Ron Wright, author of Time Among the Maya

· “Be warned that Eric Wright's enthusiasm for the country is infectious, and "Through a Country Window" may make you want to head down country roads of your own.” Maxine Hancock, author of Love Knows No Difference: Learning to Give & Receive.

SPECIAL REPRINT OFFER: $18.95, no tax plus $5.00 mailing

To order, send a cheque made out to Wildwood Writing Service for Can $18.95 plus $5.00 shipping to

Wildwood Writing Service, 13643 Little Lake Road, Colborne, ON K0K 1S0 Canada


What reviewers are saying

“Eric Wright describes . . . experiences that will resonate with all who love country life, whether they live in the Smokies east of Knoxville or in the Yorkshire Dales north of London. . . . Wright’s observant eye to both nature and country culture, combined with his characteristically down-to-earth writing, makes for entertaining reading with a devotional quality. . . . I highly recommend it.” Francis Kyle, The Evangelical Baptist

“A gentle read for gentle readers. . . . Through a Country Window traces the pilgrim’s progress of Eric and his wife, Mary Helen, as they move through their first years in a wood-heated log house. . . The author explores everything from Ganny [river] racing to gardening, from gastronomy to godliness, his spirituality continually reinforced by the evidence of his senses. . . . A charmingly told tale of the quality of life that is possible when one surrenders to the charm and power of the elements, and takes the time to find the simple goodness in one’s neighbours.” Eileen Argyris, Northumberland author

A few of the chapter headings

Gossip Central

Country Carousel

The Great Southern Gooseway

Red Flag Flu

Crazy Crickets

Hallelujah Hill

Where God Rakes Leaves

Cattlemen Love Blondes

Barnyard Theatre

Trauma on Trespass Road

For short excerpts from some of the chapters and other information access my web site



"The Lightning File"
COUNTRY INSPIRATION: - Falling Leaves - Failing Health

Christmas Book by Rose McCaughley

Good interview Here on Novel Rocket today.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Book of Ruth by Christian Author Deborah Bateman

The Book of Ruth is a Daily Bible Reading Devotional. The characters in “The Book of Ruth” deal with loss, lack, and romance. Through their many trials they learn to lean on God and His sovereign will for their lives. Even though Ruth is a Moabite she decides to follow her mother-in-law, Naomi back to her homeland of Judah.

The two ladies travel back with nothing and are not sure how they will survive, but they trust God to make a way for them. As you read “The Book of Ruth”, you will see the story unfold and see God’s provision for these two ladies. Reading “The Book of Ruth” will help you recognize God’s sovereignty and provision in your own life.



Each episode detailed in Ruth teaches lessons—of God’s plan, precise and solid. Ruth reminds us of God's plans; the ones we might not understand, yet vibrant in His eyes. The theme illustrates the journey that can take one to places impossible for man, but possible with God. The story of Ruth as highlighted in this book opens a new revelation of God’s hand at work. His grace is active in the life of those who choose to obey in humility and commitment. The prayer at the end of each lesson brings a challenge for all and ushers relevance to us today.

---Review by Janet Perez Eckles author of Simply Salsa

I love the story of Ruth. Deborah shed light on the truths in this inspiring book in the Bible. I love that she showed the connection between Ruth and Boaz, and Christ and the church. Even though I've studied Ruth before, Deborah pointed out several details that I hadn't known. It's amazing how God speaks through His children. Deborah has a loving, humble heart for the Lord. You can see her heart throughout the book. I am so happy for her first release! I look forward to more books from Deborah in the future! Great job, Deborah:)

---Review by Amanda Beth author of You Can Have a Happy Family

I often declare that the Bible is one fascinating love story, filled with all the highs and lows, joys and sorrows and treacheries and intrigues that are found in everyday life. But some books of the Bible emphasize this love in a more pronounced way that others.

The Book of Ruth is one of those books. Sometimes we tend to overlook it as such, among the high flyers like Song of Solomon and the gospel of John or perhaps Hosea. But the story of Ruth is a tender, practical love story.

The author of this handy easy to read volume, Deborah Bateman has captured the essence of this love in her first publication, The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption.

Bateman begins each chapter with a simple expository, followed by the Scripture verses to which it refers. Writing it thus makes it easy for the reader to remain in the book and not have to move from book to Bible. This format also makes it easy to follow the Biblical record and use it as a daily bible reading. The prayer and thought for the day, which concludes the chapter, enabled me to reinforce what I had just read.

In these times when we all need to have, our faith firmly rooted in a God who provides Himself as our Kinsman-Redeemer and who has bought us back from the slavery of sin. A book such as this is invaluable to help us maintain this focus. It also serves to reinforce the tender loving care God has for us that even when we were aliens and far from the Kingdom of God, He was willing to make provision for us to be redeemed.

I would recommend this book as a useful resource, both to take another look at this tender love story and also as a devotional to keep our minds fixed on the God’s wonderful redemption of mankind. ---Review by Yvonne Pat Wright

About the Author

Deborah H. Bateman loves studying the Bible and is dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word”. She is the Founder of Christian Daily Resources a Christian Online Ministry.

Deborah has a Daily Bible Reading Blog where she does a Daily Bible Study. This is where “The Book of Ruth” was started. Deborah has learned to trust God through the. many trials of her life. She can relate to Naomi and Ruth’s dependence on God to see them through their life’s experiences.

The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption is available at:

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Book Launch for Anita Estes - Letters to God on a Prodigal Son

Are you struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction? Do you need hope and a way out? Letters to God, on a Prodigal Son—Overcoming Addiction Through Prayer by Anita Estes is a powerful journal packed with prayers, practical advice and key spiritual insights to help guide you through these troubled waters.

Letters to God, on a Prodigal Son will show you how to have peace in the midst of a tumultuous storm and lead you to victory. It demonstrates how to cope with those affected by addictions and how to pray fervently and effectively. Woven throughout the journals are entries in Lessons Learned and Suggestions for dealing successfully with these circumstances. Sure to help anyone who is coping with an addicted loved one or counseling someone in the grip of addition. It will also be welcomed by those facing difficult situations and trying times.

Interview with Anita -

1. Please introduce yourself, then tell us how you got started writing.

My name is Anita Estes, and I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. I started writing poetry and kept a journal. When I became a Christian I began writing articles and devotions, then I started writing children’s stories when I became a teacher and a mother. As I grew in the Lord, I progressed to writing inspirational stories and had my work published. I wrote my first book of stories and devotionals six years ago when I was invited to be a speaker at a women’s conference (WIN). They wanted me to have a book available of my work.

  1. What have you published and what is your current project?

I have written a number of devotions and short stories that have been published in “Upper Room”, Penned form the Heart, Adam’s Media Books, God Allows U-Turns: for Women, Cup of Comfort Book of Prayer, and Deliver Me! I have three books published, When God Speaks, 40 Days and Nights of His Promises, which is a story format devotional with an accompanying Bible Study work book. My next book I compiled and edited was Transformed—Inspiring Stories of Freedom, a book of testimonies about men freed from the bondage of addictions.

My recent release, Letters to God on a Prodigal Son—Overcoming Addiction Through Prayer was birthed from the painful journey I experienced while navigating the minefield of my son’s addiction. I kept a journal that contained many powerful prayers, letters and scriptures that I thought would help others navigate the turbulent waters of a prodigal’s addiction, so I worked on transforming it into a book. I added two sections, Lessons Learned and Suggestions that I thought would further help others to avoid some of the pitfalls I experienced, while offering a lifeline of hope. At the time my son was going through this terrible ordeal, I couldn’t find any Christian books on the subject that gave practical and spiritual, not textbook, advice. Letters to God, on a Prodigal Son was designed to fit this need. It’s filled with the heart-felt letters and prayers of a mother, key spiritual insights and practical advice. My desire in writing this book is to help others and minister to them though this true life story. You can buy this book and any of my others at


  1. What do you hope this book accomplishes and who is this book written for?

First I want to reach out to parents of prodigals and let them know there is hope. I especially want to let them know that God has not abandoned them, nor is he punishing them. God is compassionate and there to help, but he doesn’t trespass our will. I want to show parents and loved ones that it’s okay to be honest with God. He desires that. I also want to reach out not only to parents and loved ones of prodigals, but to everyone who is dealing with a difficult relationship or situation. I believe the prayers and scriptures in Letters to God are powerful for “pulling down strong holds” ( ) in people’s lives—areas of bondage.

  1. What do you want reader’s to come away with?

All my non-fiction books and articles are written to either help Christian’s grow in their spiritual walk with God or to reach those who are hurting and hurl them a lifeline in their storm. My books lean heavily on the power of prayer and God’s amazing compassion, mercy and love. I want others to intimately know the awesome God I know and the power of praying His promises. My fiction work is also spiritual in nature, filled with mystery and intrigue. I want to alert Christians to the enemy’s tactics so they can avoid his traps and use prayer as a powerful weapon. All of my writing is geared to coming away with a fuller understanding of God, His promises, and the transforming power of prayer.

  1. What one issue ignites your passion?

Prayer and an intimate relationship with God are my two deepest passions. I want others to know how much God really cares for us and wants to know us. He gives us so many great gifts nestled in His promises. I want others to know how they can avail themselves of these treasures and go deeper with God. It is my desire to help others who face life’s challenges to know and understand how they can be victorious—in Jesus.

On Tues NOV. 8TH ONLY I’ll be having a book launch for Letters to God… and you’ll be able to get a lot of FREE Gifts and a chance to win a free gifts card when you purchase the book on that day. You can find out more about the launch on my web-site, or this direct link

Saturday, October 29, 2011

International recipes

The authors at the International Christian Fiction Writers blog have put together a wonderful recipe book for our readers. You can download it free of charge - just go here -

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fit For Faith Book Launch Today

OCTOBER 11th is the big launch day for Fit for Faith - 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health. If you have had any thoughts about buying the book, why not do it Oct. 11?

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ALL FREE if you buy Fit for Faith on October 11th. To learn more go to

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Kimberley Payne, author and speaker, is launching her book Fit for Faith - 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health on Tuesday, October 11th at You can help Kimberley achieve ‘best seller’ status by purchasing the book at TODAY!

About the book:

This book unites physical health and spiritual health through a 7-week program to lose weight and develop a deeper relationship with God. It is a reference on cardiovascular exercise, strength training, prayer, healthy eating, Bible study, flexibility exercise and journal writing.

About the Author:

Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire women to live happier, healthier lives that glorify God. Kimberley is a former personal trainer and has worked in the designing and counselling fields of weight control, stress management, self esteem improvement and wellness programs. She enjoys recreational activities with her husband and two children near Peterborough, Ontario. You can visit her website at


Buy Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical on Tuesday, October 11th and receive loads of FREE gifts from many generous supporters.

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This Best Seller book launch has been coordinated with the help of the John 3:16 Marketing Network and many other generous supporters. The free gifts are deliverable electronically over the Internet or by email by individual authors and supporters. They are not in any way associated with, nor deliverable by,

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Interview with Christian Author Kimberley Payne,

Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health by Kimberley Payne

Are you looking for balance in your life? Believing that prayer, Bible study and journal writing are to the spirit what exercise, healthy eating and stretching are to the body, this workbook unites physical health and spiritual health through
a 7-week program to lose weight and develop a deeper relationship with God. This workbook is a motivational tool to empower women to improve their physical and spiritual health to live balanced, whole and joyous lives that glorify God.

1. How was the idea for the book born?

Although I was born and raised within the church, it wasn't until I attended a Christian women's retreat that I realized how much I had compartmentalized my life: family in one corner, work in another; finances here, health there, faith over there. I began to see that my faith shouldn't be kept partitioned off from the rest of my life in a storage trunk. Inste
ad, it needed to be intertwined with all the parts of my life. If I was going to follow Him as my Lord, God wanted me to include Him in everything and that included my health & fitness.

2. What authority do you have to write this book?

I certified as a Weight Instructor through the YMCA, then went on to certify as an Aerobics Instructor through A.C.E., then went on to certify as a Personal Fitness through Can-Fit-Pro.

3. There are many fitness books on the market. How is Fit for Faith any different?

Fit for Faith makes no
assumptions about the reader’s spiritual walk. All levels, whether a new Christian or a mature Christian, can benefit from this program. It is a program for a new Christian who wants to learn about prayer, journal writing and Bible study in the comfort of their own home, but a mature Christian can still be refreshed in their faith and re-commit to a daily relationship with God. It is motivating with inspiring reflections included each day and Christian truths set forth in a non-threatening manner.

Fit for Faith makes no assumptions about the activity level of the reader. All levels, whether a sedenta
ry individual or a seasoned athlete, can benefit from this program. It emphasizes overall health, not just weight loss. Expertise and professionalism are provided throughout the program in easy-to-read “fit tips” and goal-planning assistance. The program includes strategies that empower people to make small changes in their daily routines to improve the quality of their life.

Fit for Faith is a well-rounded balanced program that follows the stages of change and so inspires confidence and builds esteem.

4. What is your purpose in writing this book?

The purpose in writing is to share knowledge from the health and fitness field and to demonstrate that partnership with God always leads to success, in every area of life. It is designed with th
e message of the gospel at its heart.

5. What is involved in the 7-week program?
The Fit for Faith program starts with developing an action plan that includes exploring benefits and success strategies of exercising, feeding, and stretching the body and the spirit. Then, the reader moves into implementing the plan through a daily program of prayer, Bible study and tracking of healthy habits. Each week is capped with a review that is a natural lead into the next week.

6. Can the book be used in a group setting?

Fit for Faith is a simple workbook to support a person through their day. It is designed for individu
als to participate on their own at any hour, and any where. However, the workbook is extremely versatile and has proven success as a group program. Leader’s Notes are available to work within a group setting that can also be used as an outreach program within a church or workplace.

7. What are the benefits of the program?

It's like having your own personal trainer, without the cost. There is a ton of useful information that helps the reader wade through the myths and misconceptions that are out there.

It's an awareness program. The reader is accountable to record their activities, and this helps to recognize where their strengths are and what areas they need to improve.

It's a lifestyle change. Over the 7 weeks, the reader will gain habits that last a lifetime.

8. Do you offer workshops/presentations based on the book?
Yes, my main three presentations are:

Fit for Prayer
Learn how to fit prayer and physical activity into your daily routine
This workshop unites
physical health and spiritual health to lose weight and develop a deeper relationship with God. In this highly interactive session, you will gain insight into how to incorporate prayer and fitness into your daily round.

Food for thought
Find out how to nourish your body and spirit through healthy eating and Bible study
Just as eating healthy foods nourishes your body, Bible study nourishes your spirit. You will learn practical suggestions and scriptural guidance to achieve your goals. Feel the joy of a healthier and more spiritually fit life.

What people have said about Fit for Faith -

“This program is so much more than just exercise. It’s giving me the tools I need to enrich my life and my energy level."

M. Condon, Health Canada

people come to lose weight, but they go away with so much more. It’s a real ministry

in people’s lives."

N. Nelder, Pastor’s wife

Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author of Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health. Her writings

relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle,

and everyday experiences to building a

relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire women to live happier, healthier lives that glorify God. Kimberley is a former personal trainer and has worked in the designing and counseling fields of weight control, stress management, self esteem improvement and wellness programs. She enjoys recreational activities with her husband and two children near Peterborough, Ontario. You can visit her website at

Fit for Faith is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or from Kimberley's website.