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Dense Fog is a Blessing

By Misty M. Beller

I’m a big picture person.

I like to know where I’m going. What my goals are, so I can make effective decisions along the way. Many times, this big picture thinking feeds my need to control my situations, although God’s been working with me on that topic for many years!

But a new lesson He’s been teaching me is that I don’t always have to see the big picture. There are times when it’s better for me to only see the next ten feet. When we visited my parent’s church a few weeks ago, God used the pastor to drive that point home.

The pastor told a story about a recent mission trip to Haiti where he had to drive over a very treacherous road. In many places, they couldn’t go more than five miles per hour because of all the obstacles he had to maneuver the truck over, around, or through. The entire five-hour trip was an exercise in faith! But partway through, a dense fog rolled into the area as they steadily drove up a mountain, limiting vision to no more than ten feet ahead.

The pastor said it took a while for him to realize that the fog was a blessing. It forced him to take one challenge at a time, without worrying about all the obstacles ahead.

That message was for me! I had been praying for three days about how God wanted me to handle a situation—an apparent change in my plans. My first instinct was to approach the new situation head-on. Find out what the end result would be so I could know how to plan.

But God said to focus on the next ten feet.

He knows the big picture. He knows where we’re headed. He wants me to trust.

Now, what’s your story of trust? I’m sure you have one!

This Daring Journey by Misty M. Beller releases on March 26, 2019.

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The only hope to keep her newborn baby alive is to reach the safety of her Indian people…This mountain man is the last person she should trust to get her there.

 As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice to but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him?

Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is.

Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.

About the Author

Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

 

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Welcome to the garden, Rose Allen McCauley

How many of you remember the song “I’ve got a mule, and her name is Sal…Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal.” ? I remember singing that in elementary school.

A few years ago a friend and I drove north from Kentucky to Amish country in Central Ohio, and on our way passed a canal boat in Ohio near the village of Roscoe and Coshocton, Ohio, off Hwy 81. My friend Jane said she had always wanted to ride it but couldn’t get any of her family or friends to do it with her, so I said I would do it on our way back, and I am so glad we did .  It was a very relaxing, serene trip down the canal in a wooden boat pulled by a horse. The only sounds were the lapping of the water against the sides of the boat and the hooves of the horse—no engines or machines.

Little did I know that a couple years later I would be travelling that same highway to research a book for Barbour Publishing about a canal boat driver and the girl he fell in love with. I had read about a non-fiction book about the building of the Erie Canal and sent a synopsis for a fictional collection to Rebecca Germany of Barbour. She told me to put one together and send it to her, so I did. Now that book is releasing today— on March 1st, all in The Erie Brides Collection.

My novella Pressing On is one of seven in the collection from 1817 when the canal was first being built in Little Falls, New York, until 1859 in the town of Albion, New York.

In between those stories are three more set in New York, and two more in Ohio where my story and one by Johnnie Alexander both take place.

Pressing On:  As a child, Amanda Mack loved her life in Zoar, Ohio where she was born to Separatists who had helped build the canal. Now an adult (1857), she starts to chafe at its many restrictions. After meeting riverboat captain Daniel Jeremiah, they both must make decisions about their futures.

About the Author

Rose Allen McCauley has been writing since she retired from teaching school and joined American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She is thrilled for this to be her third collection with Barbour and her seventh published work. She and her spouse just celebrated their golden anniversary with their three children and their spouses and now six grandchildren! She loves to hear from her readers.

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Friendship During Desperate Times by Ann H. Gabhart

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. ~Saint Basil

Recently, I read about a study that showed doing a good deed fired off an abundance of those good sensors in our brains that we sometimes think we need chocolate to set off. Some studies you wonder about, but this one made sense. After all, I’ve felt those good vibes after helping out somebody without expecting a reward or a return favor.

When I came across a story about a man who did just that during a desperate time for his town, I began to wonder about this man, a slave with no personal freedom. You might question why he would even want to help the people who kept him enslaved. Yet, when cholera hit Springfield, Kentucky in 1833 and all who had the means to do so fled the town, Louis became a servant for the good of his fellow citizens unable to escape the epidemic. For some reason, he was unaffected by the dreadful disease that killed thousands all across America that summer. So he tended the sick left in town with no one to care for them and he buried those who died. All fifty-five of them. What kind of man did he have to be? Thinking about that is what led to my current release, River to Redemption.

Early on, when Louis is trying to find a place for Adria, he explains why he wants to help her with so many others needing help too. “I ain’t denyin’ that plenty of folks is in need, but this little girl is the one the Lord set down in my path. I don’t reckon he expects me to help ev’ry hurtin’ body, but he does expect me to help them I can.”

That friendship continues to grow throughout the story as Adria grows up and wants to see Louis freed. When that opportunity comes, I make Adria the one to spearhead the drive to buy his freedom. That is another part of the story based on the real Louis’s life. Not that a young woman rescued by him as a child was in any of the historical accounts, but the people of Springfield did come together to raise money to buy Louis’s freedom in gratitude for what he’d done for the town during the cholera epidemic. River to Redemption is a fictional account of how that might have happened and how a little girl and a slave developed an enduring friendship.

 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12 NIV)

About the Ann H. Gabhart

ANN H. GABHART, the bestselling author of over thirty novels, has been called a storyteller. That’s not a bad thing for somebody who grew up dreaming of being a writer. Ann’s historical novels, including her popular Shaker series, have Kentucky backgrounds. Recently she headed to the Appalachian Mountains for These Healing Hills while her new release, River to Redemption, was inspired by a true story that happened in a small Kentucky town. Ann also writes about family life, love and sometimes mystery (as A.H. Gabhart).  She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and enjoy life out on their Kentucky farm. To find out more about Ann and her books, visit www.annhgabhart.com. You can also join in the conversation on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart or Twitter @AnnHGabhart.

A Contradiction to His Pride

By Leanne W. Smith

Do you enjoy stories about ordinary people, especially women, who find themselves in extraordinary situations in history that test both their character and their mettle? I do.

I am intrigued by the values and motivations that lead people to act as they do. And I am inspired and encouraged when they choose to act bravely and rightly.

 

Herman Melville said, “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.” Life is a tapestry, and stories intersect along that tapestry like the intersecting threads of a spider web.

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A Contradiction to His Pride is my second historical fiction novel (available June 12). While I envisioned writing several stories with intersecting threads at the time my first novel was released two years ago, I hadn’t planned to write a follow-up story per se. Contradiction actually caught me by surprise, much as James’ feelings for Corrine caught him by surprise.

One part of the original vision that has remained steady, however, is a strong female lead forced to make a decision about the kind of person she’s going to be as she meets unwelcome adversity.

An overview…

James Parker didn’t mean to fall in love with Corrine Baldwyn; they were simply traveling the Oregon Trail together. But what started as a standard game—see if he could get the sharp-mouthed beauty to smile, and better yet to blush—wrapped itself around his heart mid-way into the five-month journey.

Now that the core group of pioneers in their wagon train has settled in Baker City, Oregon and begun to build homesteads, James is restless to make his fortune so he can stake his own claim and win Corrine’s hand with honor.

But when James takes Corrine on an outing designed to impress her, things go tragically wrong. When James foils a bank robbery, he unwittingly sets a series of events into motion that shatter Corrine’s heart and now threaten her life, along with his and her older brother Charlie’s.

James, Corrine and Charlie soon find themselves in Colorado for a final showdown with the outlaw family bent on making James pay for his heroic actions.

The prologue…

A cold wind rustled the leaves of the evergreens west of Baker City, building like the crescendo of a symphony. When the wind unfurled and swept into town, it lifted the top layer of a twenty-inch snow that had fallen the day before, sending icy sprays swirling over several residents who rushed to stand in the drifts and on the boardwalk following the gunshots.

 James Parker wanted to give Corrine Baldwyn a day to remember him by, not a day to curse his name.

 Now, as she thrashed while he tried to hold her, the blood from her hands raking stains over the sleeves of his coat, James squeezed his eyes shut against the wind, the ice, the snow and the slaughter, and wondered if she could ever forgive him.

If you enjoy reading stories about ordinary people, especially women, who find themselves in extraordinary situations in history that test both their character and their mettle, I hope you’ll consider A Contradiction to His Pride.

About the Author

Leanne W. Smith

Leanne W. Smith is a writer and professor. Her books include Leaving Independence, On a Dark & Snowy Night (short story), and A Contradiction to His Pride. She also teaches business courses at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Smith and her husband have two creative daughters and a son-in-law who make the world a more beautiful place through their art, design, photography, singing, songwriting and mandolin-playing. Visit her website at www.leannewsmith.com.

 

A Light on the Hill By Connilyn Cossette

One of my favorite relationships from the third book in my Out from Egypt series, aside from the romance, was the friendship between Alanah, the main character, and a young girl named Moriyah, a friendship that starts from a place of wariness and yet blossoms under adversity. So when I decided to write Moriyah’s story in A Light on the Hill for my new Cities of Refuge series I was excited to build on the theme of female friendships from the last book.

      A Light on the Hill opens about seven years after the fall of Jericho and Moriyah’s friend Alanah has moved south with her husband and her own mother has passed away. Since I felt that Moriyah needed a strong mentor in her life, one that could continually point her back to the Lord, I created a woman named Ora. Ora is physically blind, but with the wisdom born of fiery trial and keen insight that exceeds that of a sighted person in many ways, Ora speaks truth into Moriyah’s life before, during, and after the darkest of valleys.

          I am blessed with a very wise mother who has spent my life on her knees interceding for me, and she is who I turn to when I am in need of godly council. But there are many women in the Church who are desperate for a mature woman to come alongside them and speak truth into their lives. Life is hard, we all are struggling through valleys, some deeper than others, and God makes it very clear that his followers are to be walking the road together. And especially in a world where we are pulled in so many directions by social media, where women are bombarded by the message that we are not ‘enough’, where authenticity is scarce, and where families are so fractured, it is more important than ever to build strong female relationships.          

            I feel that there are a number of characteristics in this fictional relationship in A Light on the Hill that can encourage us as we build our own real connections between women in the church; ones that I did not plan as I wrote, but that somehow wove themselves naturally into the story.

            Ora is very open with Moriyah about her greatest sorrows, she does not hold back the ugly wounds of her past, and because of this Moriyah feels safe to share her own hurts and insecurities. Although she is maternal in many ways, Ora does not talk down to Moriyah, or condescend, but she treats her like an equal in spite of the differences in their ages. She also gives her the room to make her own mistakes, even when she might disagree with her choices, she simply gives her wise council and then steps back to let Moriyah wrestle through the decisions; which is an important step in working toward maturity, emotionally and spiritually. She is continually looking for the best in Moriyah, pointing her toward the Lord and his good will for her life, and speaking the truth even when it might be uncomfortable, or even painful.

            Are you a Moriyah? Do you have someone in your life that has been a wise mentor to you? How have they spoken truth over you in your own valleys?

            Or are you an Ora? Is there someone you mentor now in a formal or informal way? If not are you actively seeking someone to pass on wisdom from your own hard-learned life lessons? 

            I hope that readers will be inspired by the friendship between these two fictional woman in a A Light on the Hill and will be challenged and encouraged to work on building real, strong connections with other women within the Body of Christ. 

About the Author

Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. There is not much she enjoys more than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Connect with her at www.ConnilynCossette.com

 

Finding Hope in Hopeless Situations—Emily’s Life Mirrors Others.

By Kathy Boyd Fellure

Have you ever known the despair of life not at the optimal place hoped for?

Perhaps it was a close friend, or a relative, not you.

Emily Taylor is forced to face abrupt changes that occur outside her control. Sound familiar? The sudden death of her husband, the revelation of his infidelity, the devastation of her two daughter’s different reactions to the loss of their father, and swift financial ruin.

This story set in contemporary time reflects several circumstances family, church members, neighbors, and complete strangers who cross our paths, face with, or without faith.

Emily escapes to her safe haven, her nana’s cabin located in one of the most majestic mountain ranges and alpine lakes in America, Lake Tahoe. Where better to hide out from painful reality when hopelessness overwhelms her hollow soul?

Most people have a person like Nana in their life—a person of deep faith to lean on when the earth below shakes and the ground gives way. One who will lovingly be a Christ-light to us when darkness overshadows lost dreams, betrayal by those we loved, who did not love us back, or worse, inflicted sorrow on those we tried to protect.

Sometimes a hug, a kiss, words of encouragement, simple acts of kindness can assuage invisible wounds that need time to heal while the heart mends.

In a little forest neighborhood along the water’s edge, Emily deals with the losses she fears, and unravels secrets that remain untold while discovering much about herself she never knew before. Doc and Jack in the cabin next door are part of that journey, in good times and in bad. Family is like that, you know.

As Emily slowly regains the memory of her twin brother’s drowning, the lake that swallowed him, also offers a baptism she’s longed for. What will she chose?

No matter how hopeless situations are, there is hope of redemption. There is a new sunrise every morning after the darkest of nights. There is a Savior calling your name. Listen. His voice is gentle. His hope eternal.

About Kathy Boyd Fellure

Kathy Boyd Fellure is author of four children’s books, and her debut contemporary women’s fiction novel that released January, 2018. The Language of the Lake is the first book in the completed  ~ On the Water’s Edge Tahoe Trilogy.  Her 4th novel, Across the Pond and her WIP, Harper House, are both set in England. Kathy is a member of CWC, ACFW, and is the founder of Amador Fiction Writers.  She hosted, wrote & produced the TSPN TV Show ~ Authors, Writers, Books & Beyond from 2012- 2015.  Kathy has served as a judge for the NCAP book awards in 2017-18. She guest speaks, teaches at writer conferences, hosts an annual literary read, exhibits her photography, and is agented with Books & Such Literary Agency. Kathy Boyd Fellure currently lives in the foothill gold country of California with her family and three stand-up comedian rescue dogs.

Magnolia Storms–Friends, Novels, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi

By Janet Ferguson

Stories come together in unusual ways. My latest novel, Magnolia Storms, is no exception. The idea formed when one friend described being a ship pilot, and I knew I wanted a ship pilot for my next story hero. Then riding home from a writing conference, I brainstormed with other friends-authors and came up with having a meteorologist who’d been through Hurricane Katrina and never wanted to return to the Mississippi coast as a heroine. Of course she has to! And so I had the bones of my story.

Ocean Springs is a quaint town near the Mississippi Sound with an adorable downtown area lined with gift shops and restaurants.

Sprawling live oaks majestically spread out their massive roots and branches along the sidewalks.

Somehow some of the adorable homes weathered the inundation of the tidal surge and mass destruction of Hurricane Katrina, but not all.

-See more about that here: https://www.wunderground.com/education/Katrinas_surge_part14.asp


I’d been to Ocean Springs over the years, more recently with my husband, and navigated the streets on Google Earth, but I needed some finishing touches on my scene descriptions. Enter my sweet beach-friends. They sort of randomly asked me at just the right time to go for a girls’ trip to Ocean Springs and stay in Front Beach Cabins, one of the very places I’d been checking out online. The cottages are near enough to walk downtown and only a couple of blocks from Front Beach. We took bikes that were provided by the cabin owners down to the shore.

The beaches are small in Mississippi because the Sound is protected, to some extent, by barrier islands. From Front Beach, you can see the barrier islands.

 

I  finished the last tweaks on the Magnolia Storms manuscripts after critique partners (who are now beloved friends, too) looked it over. My next adventure was finding the perfect cover. Another friend, Nancy on my street team suggested, that she had a friend with the perfect hair for my heroine. I thought that was great, but how would I get her on a cover?

Long story, short. Her friend, Emily, drove to Ocean Springs with her sister-in-law, Ann Marie, and made pictures. They were perfect, and the cover all fell into place!

 

So friendships not only molded this story together, but also put the proverbial cherry on top!

Magnolia Storms
A Coastal Hearts Novel
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you….

Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.

The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their child care seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.

Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live?

Author Janet Ferguson has a series of books published just in time for the Mississippi Book Festival.

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Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space. 

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The Secret to Hummingbird Cake By Celeste Fletcher McHale

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake is based on a true story. It’s about an 18 month period in the life of me and my two best friends. Before I wrote this book, I had no idea the friendship that I shared with these two women was a rarity. I seriously thought everyone had best friends exactly like mine. What I found out was…it is truly uncommon. And the scary thing is, getting more uncommon by the day.

I worry about what young girls see on “reality” television. And before you roll your eyes, I’m not one of those crusaders…I don’t care what you or your kids watch, that’s your business. But I do worry that they will equate what they see on these shows with “friendship.” Most of the women that star in these shows have no idea what it means to be a friend. They certainly don’t keep each others secrets. They certainly don’t encourage and support. And most of them take “catty” to a whole new level. Listen, I’m redheaded and don’t lose my mind like these chicks do. It bothers me to think these reality “stars” which I translate into “attention seekers” (that’s the clean version) have any influence on this generations girls and their friendships.

I couldn’t make it without my sister from another mister. She’s there when I need her, if it’s 2am or 4 pm. She tells me when I’m wrong, she holds me accountable, she calls me on my BS. She’s also my biggest cheerleader, my sounding board and my psychiatrist. Her friendship is one of my most precious gifts and I treat it as such. I hope the phrase “Best friend forever” won’t be lost on an entire generation of girls that society and the media have an unprecedented amount of influence upon.

If you see your best friend today, hug her. Tell her you love her. Ask her if she needs anything. And if you see a young girl today, tell her how much richer your life is because of your friends.

About the Author

Celeste Fletcher McHale is a Southern Lit author from Central Louisiana. Her debut novel, The Secret to Hummingbird Cake, was released by HarperCollins Christian Publishing in February 2016.

Celeste earned a history degree and currently lives on her century-old family farm. She enjoys family, writing, football, baseball, and raising a variety of animals

Her new book,  The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories released on May 23, 2017 and doesn’t disappoint.

Jacey and Colin shared the three most intense days of their lives together, waiting for help as Mississippi floodwaters surrounded them. Jacey knew Colin was the love of her life—until her rescue boat went under water, along with Colin’s last name and pieces of Jacey’s memory.

 

 

Would you like to travel to a Romantic Destination this summer?

By Rose Allen McCauley

I can’t believe my 6th book will be out June 15 in the collection Destination: Romance. Thanks, Shelia for welcoming me to your garden again, where I always find friendship, hope and all kinds of desserts! And I am happy to do a giveaway of an e-book when it releases to one of your commenters. So let’s make the deadline for Shelia to draw a name on the book release date. So get your comment in by June 15th!

Here’s the back cover blurb for the whole book: From a cave in the hills of Missouri to a sandy beach in Grand Cayman, romance blooms for five heroines when they least expect it.

Better Together Than Apart is the title of my novella in the collection.

The blurb for it is: On a K-Love cruise to Jamaica, Natalie re-connects with Ken, a boy she met six years earlier on a high school summer mission trip. Attraction stirs, but opposing goals threaten their romance. Will they listen to God’s leading for their best place of service?

And now, I would like to tell you a little about how this whole collection and my story came about. About 4 years ago, Kim Vogel Sawyer and her husband Don spent almost a week with us while she did several signings in the KY area.

While Kim and Don were here they told us they were going on a K-Love cruise the following January, and invited us to go with them sometime. Finally last year, in January 2016, it all worked out for us to go together. We had two ports of call. Chester and I chose to do a one-day mission trip to Jamaica.  We were blessed to go to an orphanage with many children, who all needed help in various ways. But, they all blessed us with their smiles, laughter and hugs and prayers.

One night outside a concert in progress on the cruiseship, Kim and I brainstormed stories that started on a K-Love cruise. My oldest granddaughter had gone on a mission trip the summer before, and both of my daughters and I have been on other mission trips, so I thought that would be a good and different way to start a story. Then as the story unfolds, I used something I wrote on the back of a picture I gave my husband while we were dating in college, so it comes full circle with parts of my granddaughter’s life combined with mine and my husband’s. I hope you will read it and the other stories in this collection and see how God can work things out for our good, even when we don’t know IF things will work out.

Since I was over my word count, I didn’t put a recipe in this book, but for Thanksgiving Natalie’s Mimi brings a German chocolate cake for her daughter’s birthday like I make for my daughter each Thanksgiving, so I will share the recipe for the icing. The first couple times I made the cake from scratch, too, but decided it was just as good from a mix as the homemade one, as long as the icing was homemade!

German Chocolate Cake Icing

1 c. evaporated milk
1 c. sugar
1 stick butter
1 t. vanilla
3 egg yolks
Combine first 5 ingredients in saucepan and cook over medium heat until it thickens, stirring often. Then remove from heat and add:

1 c. pecans
1 1/3 cup coconut

Beat it all until it cools then spread over layers and top and sides of cake. And, if there is any left, my husband loves to eat it as a topping on ice cream!

About the Author

Rose Allen McCauley started writing over a decade ago when she retired from teaching school to write the stories of some of the characters roaming around in her head. Since joining ACFW in 2002, she has been published in several non-fiction anthologies and devotionals, and now is happy to announce “Better Together than Apart” in the collection Romantic Destinations as her sixth novella. She has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over four decades and is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and Mimi to five lively grandkids. Rose always enjoys hearing from her readers at rosemccauleywrites@gmail.com or her website/blog www.rosemccauley.com and also on Facebook as Rose Allen McCauley and her twitter page @roseamccauley.

 

Where True Hope Lies

By  Cynthia Roemer

When the special weather report interrupted the president’s State of the Union Address, my husband and I knew something big was happening. A huge tornado had formed in eastern Missouri and had demolished one small town with more in its path. A hundred miles to our south, the tornado didn’t pose us any threat, but I whispered a prayer for those in danger.

As the tornado trekked to the northeast, my thoughts turned to my son down at college. Some of the town names being scrolled across the bottom of the screen sounded a bit too familiar. So, I pulled out a map and started tracking the path of the storm. My heart began to race as I realized, if the tornado continued in the direction it was headed, it would hit the very town where my son was staying. His upstairs apartment would offer little protection if the half-mile wide tornado plowed through.

Three hours away, there was absolutely nothing my husband and I could do but pray and trust God to protect him. I called our church prayer chain and a few other trusted prayer warriors to join us. Our only hope for our son’s safety rested with the Lord.

Soon after we started praying, the tornado took a distinct shift in direction, veering away from the town where our son was staying. The Lord had answered our prayers and shown grace and mercy for which I will forever be grateful.

In my debut novel, Under This Same Sky, my main character, Becky Hollister, faces the devastating effects of a tornado that leaves her feeling hopeless and lost. Much of the storyline involves how God intricately weaves the events of Becky’s life to restore her hope and woo her back to Him. It’s a story of friendship, and of renewed faith, hope, and love. One I pray will touch the hearts of readers.

About Under the Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer

      ~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~

Illinois ~ 1854

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Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis. Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.

About the Author

Cynthia Roemer is an award winning inspirational author with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. A free-lance writer since 1988, she has over 100 short-stories and articles printed in various Christian publications. Her love of history and writing culminate in this, her debut novel. Under This Same Sky is Book One in her upcoming Prairie Sky Series. Cynthia writes from her family farm where she resides with her husband, Marvin, and their two college-aged sons.

Cynthia Roemer can be contacted at:

Website:  http://cynthiaroemer.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com@cynthiaroemer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCynthiaRoemer/

Purchase information:
Under This Same Sky can be purchased at:  Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Under-This-Same-Cynthia-Roemer/dp/194509415X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493637471&sr=8-1&keywords=under+this+same+sky+by+cynthia+roemer