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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Read & Relax: Weekend Edition

      A fellow Hartline author, Linda Rondeau, has two books on sale for $0.99 this weekend on A Father's Prayer and It Really Is A Wonderful LifeA Father's Prayer (aka A Christmas Prayer) was a 2014 finalist for Selah Awards and is also a finalist for Carol Awards this year.
       Linda Rondeau is a veteran social worker and incorporates psycho-social issues in all her books. As a mental health counselor myself, I'm intrigued. :)

          Country singer Ethan Jacobs learns he has a twelve-year old, autistic son given up for adoption at birth. He wants to be a father to this child. Since her parents' death, Alexis Jennings struggles to care for her autistic, adopted brother. Due to his acting out behaviors, Social Services wants to place Gib in a residential treatment center. Alexis only wants what's best for her brother. Different Christmas prayers for the same child. How will God answer? 
        Three conflicting prayers. How will God answer? 

        You can go home again but it will never be the same

Midville newcomer and war widow, Dorie Fitzgerald, despises the frigid Adirondack wasteland that has now become her home. After twenty failed job interviews, she questions the wisdom of moving to be near her parents. Desperate to belong, she joins the local Community Theater, in production for It’s a Wonderful Life.
Jamey Sullivan has put his professional life on hold in order to run the family business and to help his ailing father. He signs on for Midville’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life, although he hopes to receive a Broadway casting call any day now.
When these two meet, they are instantly attracted to one another. However, ambition, demanding children, and a romantic rival threaten to squash their growing love for one another.
It Really is a Wonderful Life is set in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, a perfect backdrop for romantic conflict.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I Traded in My Bikini for a Hijab: Day 3

             Hi, I’m Anne and I’m an author with Hartline Literary Agency. My latest book is a piece about world religions entitled, No Fear: My Tale of Hijabs, Witchcraft Circles, & the Cross. Along with ordering hundreds of reference books from the library and pouring over the Qur’an and hadiths, I wanted to experience a little of how it felt to be a Muslim woman. So, I traded in my tank-top and jeans for a tradition Islamic head-covering, the hijab.
            I tried to follow my normal schedule as a stay-at-home mom to a 2 ½ year old. So, on Thursday night, I decided to go to Zumba class. Zumba-ing in a floor-length skirt, polyester sweater, and head-covering, was that even possible? The hijab I’d bought was marketed for “athletic use,” so I intended to see if I’d gotten my money’s worth.
           I received some aghast looks as I walked onto the hardwood floor. I could see women’s brains scrambling as they tried to reconcile the sexy, salsa moves of Zumba with a hijab.
          The instructor, trying not to too obviously look at me, asked the class . . .

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Everyone's Pro-Life

Everyone’s pro-life. That is, everyone supports some people living. Many pro-abortion activists care deeply about saving the lives of domestic violence victims. Even Hitler, evil personified to 21st century Americans, was pro Aryans living long, healthy lives.
What should distinguish pro-lifers is that we care about all lives, not just some.
But that’s a difficult task. Pro-lifers sometimes believe if a pregnant mother would only say “no” to abortion, the battle for life would be won. Sometimes, this is the case. But for many unborn children, escaping abortion is only the first step. When I was pursuing my Master’s in Counseling, I interned in a juvenile jail. A large percentage of incarcerated teenage girls are pregnant, have a child, or have aborted. As I spent hours counseling the girls, they opened up about their lives and their kids.
Most of the girls came to jail addicted to drugs or alcohol. Few were on track to graduate high school. And when they talked about how they earned money, many mentioned prostitution. Yet, as they talked about their children, there was love in their voices. Even the ones who had aborted talked fondly of feeling their unborn child kick or dreaming of holding him.
But most of these girls weren’t going to properly raise a child. The children who hadn’t been aborted were . . .
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Read & Relax Weekend Edition

      A human trafficking novel for young adults. Now how often do you hear of that? If you think of slavery as something that ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, you'll think again after reading this book. Commentators who read this book say it's a great, non-graphic way to introduce children as young as ten to the worldwide problem of human trafficking.
     Pleased to promote a book by a fellow author at my agency.

Capturing Jasmina
by Kimberly Rae
        Capturing Jasmina, fiction for young adult readers by Kimberly Rae, is the story of Jasmina, a young girl in India, and her brother, Samir. The children are sold by their father to a man promising them an education and good jobs.
        But, as Jasmina and Samir soon discover, the man is providing an education, not in a school, but as a slave in his sweatshopt garment factory. While Samir quickly submits to his new life of misery, Jasmina never stops planning an escape.
        She comes to realize that escape doesn't always mean freedom.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Read & Relax Weekend Edition

     Book #2 for the weekend as promised. This book has a special place in my heart since it's about domestic violence. As a mental health counselor, I've worked with enough victims of emotional and physical abuse to know what an insidious problem it is in our society. And outside of America, domestic violence is often even more prevalent.

A Search for Purple Cows, A True Story of Hope
by Susan Call

      A whimsical comment from a kind stranger, "Be sure to search for purple cows," brings hope to a woman and her children fleeing from a life filled with trouble. In A Search for Purple Cows, Susan Call reveals to the world how painful a relationship can be when love deteriorates into a cycle of abuse and betrayal. Her moving memoir chronicles how she first met her husband, a handsome, stylish, generous man with whom she worked. Eventually they fell in love, married, and had two children. 
       Their life seemed idyllic--they had a beautiful home and everything a family could desire. But soon, inside those walls, Susan was tormented by her husband's alcoholism, domestic abuse, and infidelity that cast her family into a world fraught with fear and despair.
      God found her in the midst of her pain and showed her, through the unlikely source of a Christian radio station, that a journey toward Him was possible even in the most unthinkable circumstances. Susan eventually found the strength to move on and start anew.
       Written with candor and grace, A Search for Purple Cows will leave you laughing, crying, and believing that God is present and able, ready to bring hope and healing.

Susan Call

Speaker and Author with Hartline Literary Agency

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Read & Relax: Weekend Edition

      I apologize for not posting last weekend. I was so busy with a writing deadline, I didn't get around to it.

     I know, I know, after being reduced to staring at the wall all weekend for the lack of my reading suggestions, you're not quick to forgive me. ;)

      But to show my contrition, I'm posting not just one, but two wonderful books from fellow authors at my agency. After all, holiday weekends are for reading. :)


     Autumn Hazard loves being a midwife. But a tragic loss has her doubting the path she's chosen. And her new boss isn't helping. She's worked with Dr. Jonathan Hanlon before, and he's just as handsome and seemingly perfect as ever. His presence could mean trouble for the clinic—and her sensible heart.
     Jon remembers Autumn, too. She's still beautiful, smart and oblivious to him. Maybe that's for the best—he's leaving the small town as soon as his training's done. Besides, he has secrets of his own, and he can't risk Autumn getting close enough to uncover them.
     Yet despite all their reservations, working beside each other doesn't feel like work at all…it feels like home.
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