Spring??

Posted by Vicki on Feb 25, 2010

I wonder if Spring is finally approaching. It seems that it has taken forever this year to get here. Perhaps it’s only my imagination, but really I don’t think so. We have been below the average temps for most of the last month. Not to mention we had an early showing of snow for Thanksgiving this year.

It’s funny because as a kid I never paid much attention to how long the winters last, but I sure do now….It’s not only because my body protests the cold more than it used to….I long for the sunshine and warm weather so that I can be outside doing things. I have come to love the outdoors even more than I ever have. Being outside in the sunshine and warmth brings a peace to my heart.

PLEASE let the temperatures only go up from now on!!!!


Insurance Advertising

Posted by Vicki on Feb 25, 2010

How embarressing that when I was typing the title, insurance advertising, which will also become part of the link that I first spelt “adverstising” before catching my mistake. So now that typo is permenently part of the link to this post.

I do try to make sure that my posts are typo free, even if I inadvertently put a coma where it doesn’t belong, or add one that is not needed. Correct spelling is kind of important to me, simply because it makes everything look better.


Cowgirl At Heart

Posted by Vicki on Feb 22, 2010

I just loved this book!! But then I have loved all the books about the McCord’s!!! The author does a wonderful job of putting you in the story, making you a friend of Elyse, making you feel the hurt, fear, joy and love that this book possesses.

I can’t wait for the next installment in the lives of the McCord’s!!
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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Cowgirl at Heart

Barbour Books (February 1, 2010)

by

Christine Lynxwiler

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Best-selling author Christine Lynxwiler lives with her husband and two precious daughters in the foothills of the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Christine has been writing toward publication since 1997. She sold her first story in 2001 to Barbour Publishing. Since then she’s written and sold fourteen Christian romance novels and novellas including the four novels that were included in the best-selling book Arkansas, which has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. Her novel, Forever Christmas, ranked number 12 on the Christian Bookseller’s Association Bestseller List in January, 2009.

A four-time winner of the prestigious American Christian Romance Writers/American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award, Christine recently signed a new six-book contract with Barbour Publishing bringing her total of contracted books to twenty. Besides, Along Came a Cowboy, her latest novels include Promise Me Always and Forever Christmas. She also writes mysteries with two of her sisters, Sandy Gaskin and Jan Reynolds. Their book, Alibis in Arkansas, is currently available nationwide, as well as in many bookstores. The first book in Christine’s new McCord Sisters series, The Reluctant Cowgirl released in April, 2009 and was a TOP PICK in Romantic Times Magazine.

When Christine isn’t at her computer, you’ll often find her, with her husband, co-coaching their daughters’ softball team, kayaking down beautiful Spring River with her family, or getting together with friends from church.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Elyse McCord always plays it safe?a fact she blames on being the biological daughter of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. Even in the security of her adoptive family the McCords, the timid dog whisperer keeps her guard up with strangers. But when she discovers a dog being horribly mistreated, shy Elyse transforms into a mighty warrior and charges into a perilous situation, not only risking her life but also her heart

Reporter Andrew Stone has been fearless since the day his wife was shot and killed three years ago. He has one mission?use hid Texas Ranger upbringing to find her murderer and clear his own name of any involvement. When he sees a beautiful brunette in the hands of a pistol-welding maniac, he’s forced to abandon his covert surveillance and go to the rescue. The danger surrounding Andrew doesn’t scare him at all, but the awakening of his dormant heart terrifies him.

When painful pasts collide, the explosion is deafening. Can Andrew and Elyse pick up the pieces and go forward together? Or will they forever live with haunting memories, unable to forgive, unable to love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Cowgirl at Heart , go HERE.


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The Pastor’s Wife

Posted by Vicki on Feb 17, 2010

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Pastor’s Wife
Abingdon Press (February 2010)
by

Jennifer AlLee

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California and for the first 10 years of her life lived over a mortuary one block from Hollywood and Vine. An avid reader and writer, she completed her first novel in high school. That manuscript is now safely tucked away, never again to see the light of day. Her first inspirational romance, The Love of His Brother, was released in November 2007 by Five Star Publisher.

Besides being a writer, she is a wife and mom. Living in Las Vegas, Nevada, her husband and teenage son have learned how to enjoy the fabulous buffets there without severely impacting their waistlines. God is good!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she ever loved.

Nick Shepherd thought he had put the past behind him, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must admit the mistakes he made, how he hurt his wife, and find a way to give and receive forgiveness.

As God works in both of their lives, Nick and Maura start to believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and wife. But Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave him three years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve built.

If you would like to read the first Chapter of The Pastor’s Wife , go HERE


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Malignant Mesothelioma

Posted by Vicki on Feb 13, 2010

After many many tests, and weeks of worry and wonder, the diagnosis of malignant Mesothelioma confirmed her worst fears.

She sat on her couch, gazing at nothing…thoughts skipping through her head faster than what she coud even comprehend. It was not the end of the world, she would not give up, these were the two thoughts that she kept coming back to. She would be strong and brave. She would survive!


Treadmills

Posted by Vicki on Feb 13, 2010

I have thought of having an exercise bike or possibly looking into treadmills for my house. Something that I can get on and read a book or something, while still getting some exercise. But then I wonder when I would have the time to do that. While I do spend quite a bit of time reading, it is usually at night, right before bed. The day is usually consumed with whatever errands I have to do, and cleaning house. That provides me with some exercise, and then there is always working with the horse, and mowing the lawn and such things.


Nice Day

Posted by Vicki on Feb 13, 2010

Yesterday was such a nice day. We found a car we want, and did some other shopping.

The best part was seeing Mom in Walmart. *LOL* It was so funny because Des walked right by her without even paying attention. She only turned back when I yelled out “Mommy!” I am always so happy to spend time with Mom, even just chance meetings in Walmart. We got to talk for a few minutes, and of course the girls just loved telling Grandma about the new clothes they were getting, and how they were doing in school and everything else.

After seeing Mom in Walmart we also had dinner with Uncle Mike, Sue, and Daniel. The girls were so happy to see Aunt Sue and Uncle Daniel. I was too, it’s been months since we’ve seen each other. Adam is away on a trip, so we didn’t get to see him, which was kind of sad, but we’ll see him soon. It would have been better if we could have seen Sonia and Mitch, but hopefully we will be moving soon, and I will kidnap Sonia and bring her down for the weekend. I miss my sis so much! *BS* So do the girls, even though they’ve only spent a few hours with her here and there.

I am forever thankful that my brothers and sisters are a part of the girls’ lives. We don’t get to see each other very often, but when we do, it’s an awesome thing how they include the girls in their lives. Coming for birthdays, asking how they are, playing with them, mentoring them. It is what I have always hoped for my girls. Mom is the same way…she is their grandma, heart and soul! The best part is that they want to be that way with the girls, they don’t have to be. By blood they are only my Aunt and cousins, but by heart, they are my Mom, bros, and sis’s, and interact with the girls as such.


www.naturalfatburner.org

Posted by Vicki on Feb 13, 2010

I’m all for doing things the natural way, when possible. That’s why I think www.naturalfatburner.org is a great sight. If you can naturally lose the weight you want, with diet, exercise, and perhaps some all natural weight loss vitamins than that is deffinitely the way to go.

I like using natural products as much as possible, even in the cleaning supplies that I use. Not everything I have is all natural, because some of them just don’t work as well as I would like, but I use what works.


Manual Directory Submission

Posted by Vicki on Feb 13, 2010

Ahhh, she wondered if her day could get any worse. The outfit she had wanted to wear this morning had a stain on it, from Lord only knows what. Her car wouldn’t start this morning, making her late for work, and NOW the manual directory submission wasn’t working. Which would in turn make this very important assignment late, which of course meant that she would get a nasty gram from her boss.

Life was just not going her way today. She wanted to go back to bed, and start over. Forget today ever happened.


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Diet Aids

Posted by Vicki on Feb 13, 2010

It amazes me that young girls are thinking and talking about diet aids. I am thankful that Des hasn’t shown any concern about her weight. She is petite anyway, but that doesn’t seem to matter to most girls these days. They still talk about needing to lose weight. I guess no one has really explained that as they get into their teen years their body changes, and might make losing weight unnecesary, and that is assuming that they are a little chubby to begin with. I think too much emphasis is being put on being model thin.

I do not want my girls to be over-weight, but neither do I agree with making yourself model thin.