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Friday, November 30, 2012

Fearless Friday - Meet Elaine Marie Cooper!

Deer Run Books

About the author:
Elaine Marie Cooper grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for her historical novels. She currently resides in Iowa. She has written a three-book historical series, the Deer Run Saga: The Road to Deer Run (2010), The Promise of Deer Run (2011), and The Legacy of Deer Run (2012). Her first two books have each won several awards. She has been a magazine freelance writer for several years; her work has appeared in such periodicals as Better Homes & Gardens and Life: Beautiful. She also has a devotional published in Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home by Edie Melson.

Information on the three books in the saga can be found at
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The Road to Deer Run:
The year was 1777.

The war had already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a young colonial woman from Massachusetts. It had also broken the spirit of British soldier Daniel Lowe, a wounded prisoner of war in a strange land.

They were enemies, brought together by need. Would their differences overshadow the yearnings of their hearts? Or would the bitterness of war keep them apart?

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The Promise of Deer Run:
The Year is 1790.

The American Revolution has long been over, but the wounds of battle still linger in the hearts and minds of many.

A veteran Continental soldier still awaits the return of his missing father, years after the last battle. Haunted by the painful memories of war and scarred from betrayal in love, the young man turns away from faith. The only hope he clings to is that perhaps his father still lives.
Then he discovers his hope is shared by a young woman, who understands loss and the longing for a father. As they encounter this unexpected connection, their hearts become drawn together. But jealousy, slander, and misunderstandings ignite a fire of doubt and mistrust—destroying their relationship.

Can two souls longing for healing and trust, love again? Can faith—and a family—be restored?

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The Legacy of Deer Run:
The Year is 1800.

A young man makes weapons for the defense of America, still a fledgling nation. He also protects his heart from the allure of a young woman who seems so far above his station in life that he cannot win her.
The lady fights her own war against loneliness and grief. Despite her finery and airs, she is drawn to the young armory worker, who is distant yet disarming.
Love is the not the only entanglement. The nation's enemies are afoot. They creep within the very walls where America’s defenses are being forged. Who are they? When will they strike? Who will survive their terrorism?
Intrigue of the heart and intrigue of the times are only part of this compelling story—Book 3 of the Deer Run Saga. This series finale is a gripping mix of romance and deception, faith and forgiveness, transgression and trial.

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Now for the fun, personal part!
Your unique talent:

Well…I can entertain three two-year-olds with silly songs and dances and change three sets of diapers REALLY fast. Is that a talent??? J
(A scary-good talent! ~Lisa)
Share something not many people know about you:

I type with one finger—but I’m pretty fast! When I was a child I had an accident that led to nerve damage in my left hand. I’m so used to it now, I can’t imagine typing two-handed!

Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets?:

Definitely pets. I currently have two dogs and one cat. J I would live on a farm if I could!


Would you rather travel or stay at home?:

Yes. J I love to stay at home but, if I did that all the time, I’d never see my loved ones far away.


Do you read more or write more?

I probably write more than read.


Prefer cake or pie?:

Probably cake but that’s a tough one…


Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car?

The first time I rode a motorcycle, I burned my leg on the hot muffler. That was my last ride on a motorcycle as well!


Are you part of a big church congregation or a small church?:

That depends on your definition of a large church. My church has about 750 attendees.


Do you like to telephone people or prefer to use e-mail?

I usually e-mail for most of my correspondence, but I also text. I still like a real conversation, though, so I can hear someone’s voice! It depends on who I am contacting.


Do you eat at home or eat out?

Prefer eating out but often have to eat at home. I confess, I dislike cooking. L


Listen to music or prefer quiet?:

I like to listen to music, but usually, when writing, I turn off every distracting sound. But I LOVE to put on loud Christian music in my car when driving. Kerri Roberts is one of my favorites.


Prefer sunrises or sunsets?

Sunrise! It’s the hope of another day.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Win One of Five Copies of Seventh Dimension - The Door

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Seventh Dimension - The Door by Lorilyn Roberts

Seventh Dimension - The Door

by Lorilyn Roberts

Giveaway ends December 10, 2012.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Mystery/Adventure Free this Black Friday weekend

Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, a mystery/adventure for preteens and teens, is available for free today and Sunday in the Amazon Kindle Store.

The book set in the Florida backwoods is the story about a boys’ church group whose first-ever nature retreat turns into a nightmare.  Problems begin early when the no-see-ums strike at dusk. And it’s downhill from there when 13-year-old Zack mysteriously disappears in the middle of the night, several of the campers become sick, and a hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast.

The story shares biblical principles and the message of God’s saving love in an action-packed plot with a cast of lovable characters. Readers encounter the nature-loving Zack, shy, video-loving Chang, tough and cocky Steve, and the reluctant chef, Bill.

The book is authored by Cheryl Rogers, a member of the John 3:16 Marketing Network who publishes the New Christian Books Online Magazine, a free publication with new book announcements, excerpts, author marketing news, digital book news, features and an online storefront.

“As a mom I’ve been privileged to work with school and church groups. I try to capture the realism of those experiences in a fiction account that shares my faith,” Rogers says.

An experienced camper and native Floridian, Rogers has traversed the backwoods trails, swatted no-see-ums, paddled canoes, and pitched her tent on primitive campsites sans electricity.

Exclusive details about the lovable Bible Camp Mystery characters will be published in the coming weeks at New Christian Books Online Magazine.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Meet Rose McCauley!

Rose McCauley
Rose has been writing for over ten years and has been published in several non-fiction anthologies and devotionals. She is a proud member of ACFW--American Christian Fiction Writers which she highly recommends for all those aspiring to write top-class fiction of all genres. Her first fiction was published last September, 2011, in Christmas Belles of Georgia. A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 44 years, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and grandmother to four lovely, lively kids! You can reach her through her website where she runs a book contest each month at or blogsite at

Surprised by Life—and Love—at Christmas
Four letters are mailed from Monticello, a small antebellum town in Georgia. Sisters once, now heirs to a historic plantation, each young woman must come to terms with the circumstances of her birth. . .
When she learns in a letter she’s adopted, Holly feels betrayed by her parents—and she books a flight out of Missouri immediately. Will she ever be able to love again?
Raised in a wealthy, loveless home, Carol rushes to Monticello from college in Atlanta when she receives her letter. She’s searching for family, but finds instead a boy she once mistreated. Will he remember her? . . .forgive her?
In one year, Starr has lost her parents, boyfriend, and job, so she’s sure her letter is more bad news. When the attorney flies to California to offer proof, Starr takes a second look—at the message and the man.
Noelle always knew she was adopted—and she’s always loved the foreman on her father’s Texas ranch too. But he’s so distant. . .perhaps a trip to Georgia is the break in life she needs.
Will the sisters receive a traditional Christmas gift. . .of love?

ISBN: 978-1-61626-480-2
Purchase info: These books are available at,,, and, both in paperback and ebook form.

I wrote this book because I liked the intriquing idea, and I love it because it is a Christmas book and also one that includes a tradition we did with our family when our kids were younger.

The book is published by Barbour Publishing, so can be bought through them or anywhere that carries their books--WalMart, most Christian bookstores and or or It's release date is September 1, 2011. You can also pre-order by clicking on the links on the home page of my website

Your unique talent: Seeing both sides of the coin, as will be explained below.

Share something not many people know about you--I took violin lessons in 2nd grade and played "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" for the program, and haven't touched it since.

Rose answered our little survey - Which best describes your personality:

In college after studying this topic, I decided I was between a realistic idealist or an idealistic realist, so I warn you right now that many of my answers might seem wishy-washy. It's not that I don't have opinions, I can just usually see and argue both sides in a discussion!

Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets? I did enjoy dogs and cats and goldfish while growing up, but since I am now allergic to both dogs and cats, we have no indoor pets, but have had numerous farm dogs and barn cats over the years.

Would you rather travel or stay at home? I love to travel and have visited 10 European countries, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Honduras, and the Bahamas as well as around 40 of the states, but I do miss my home and am always glad to return where I can begin to plan my next trip!

Do you read more or write more? I would like to read more, but usually write more since it takes me so much longer to write a chapter than read a chapter!

Prefer cake or pie? Again, a double-minded answer--both! Especially if it is lemon or chocolate!

Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car? I prefer a car. I haven't been on a motorcycle since my teens. See! I do have a strong opinion about something!

How about taking the bus or walking? I grew up taking the city bus whereever I went since we didn't own a car, but I do love to walk, and even completed a half marathon (13.1 miles) last year!

Are you part of a big church congregation or a small church? Bet you thought I couldn't answer both to that question, but we do both! We worship with our oldest daughter part of the time in a smaller country church, and with our youngest daughter the rest of the time in a larger church.

Would you describe yourself as happy or joyful? Joyful. Because of the love of Christ I can be joyful even if circumstances make me unhappy.

Do you like to telephone people or prefer to use e-mail? Either is fine with me. I think email is usually quicker, but sometimes a phone call can take care of business quicker than going back and forth in email.

Do you eat at home or eat out? Since we live 6 miles or more from the nearest restaurant, we eat more meals at home, but still eat out much more than we did when our kids were at home when we ate almost every meal at home together.

Listen to music or prefer quiet? Depends. I love classical or soft worship music in the car or while doing certain tasks around the house, but have to have quiet to write!

Prefer sunrises or sunsets? Both, altho I take more sunset pictures since my husband and I take a walk almost every night around that time.

Thanks for hosting me, Lisa. It's nice to learn more about the others in John316 Marketing Network.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Learning from the Master - Book Launch, by Laura J. Davis

Free books today only (Tuesday, November 20)!  When you purchase Come to Me or Learning from the Master visit for more details.

Are you sold out for Christ? Would you do anything He asks you to do? Many people believe they are living fully surrendered lives to God, but when the worries of this world start to crowd in, they cry out in frustration and anger instead of bowing before Him and saying, “Thy will be done.”

But what does Jesus say about this? How did He lay down His life so willingly? By following the lives of Jesus, His mother Mary, and the apostles, we can discover what true surrender is all about.

Based on the award-winning novel Come to Me, Learning from the Master follows the life of Christ, from birth to resurrection. Each chapter in the study will take you through the book Come to Me, giving you the opportunity to know Jesus in an intimate setting as He interacts with His family and friends. From there, the study takes the reader through various topics such as: faith, family, trust, doubt, and even wilderness experiences. In addition, other topics of discussion include the significance of the Bethlehem star, the last supper and of course the resurrection.

With over twenty topics of discussion, Learning from the Master: Living a Surrendered Life, is ideal for your ladies bible study group, or for private study. Each topic leaves the reader with a clear understanding of how to live a fully surrendered life.

“Embracing the fullness of life means accepting the truth to find that life. Laura has captured the essence of pursing and getting hold of that truth from our Master, Jesus Christ. The beauty in this study guide, is that Laura guides us along a rich journey of discovery through the tender  and loving eyes of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Learning from the Master is rich with compassion; but chock full of challenges and wisdom. Be prepared to be transformed.”
– Heidi McLaughlin, Author of Sand to Pearls

Learning from the Master will guide those who read it into a deeper understanding of what it means to live a surrendered life.”
 – Rick Larson, Creator of The Star of Bethlehem DVD

Author Bio:

A singer and a songwriter for over 25 years, Laura J. Davis turned her hand to writing full-time, after an emergency surgery caused the loss of her singing voice. Her debut novel, Come to Me, received a Reader’s Favorite Award for Historical Fiction. She has appeared on 100 Huntley St. as both a singer and writer. She is a member of Canada’s largest community of writers who are Christian, The Word Guild. She is also a member of Christian Women’s Affiliate and The Christian Writer’s Guild. Laura currently resides in London, Ontario with her husband, son, and two cats. You can contact her to speak at your next event through her website at

Friday, November 16, 2012

Meet Barbara Ann Derksen!

Barbara Ann Derksen

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Watching the expressions on the faces of her readers as well as answering questions about her characters is what drives author and speaker, Barbara Ann Derksen to write yet another book and another. Her favorite genre is murder mystery but each book brings forth characters who rely on God as they solve the puzzle in their life. Her readers also have a tremendous amount of input when they wonder what happened to this character or that one, even if they are secondary to the story.

Barbara’s devotionals are sought after each year when she publishes a new one that reflects what God has placed on her heart. From Straight Pipes, her first, to Road Trip, the latest, Barbara’s devotions take people to the place where God can touch their heart and leave a lasting impression.

Born in Canada, Barbara lived in the US for 12 years. There her writing surfaced as she worked as a journalist for six years with over 2500 articles published in newspapers and magazines during that time. Her readership expanded while in the States but now the Canadian public has discovered the gift that God has given yet another Canadian.

Barbara has spoken across the US and in Manitoba, Canada for women’s groups and in church services on topics such as The Writing Experience, working in the ministry of Christian Motorcyclists Association, Love, Parenting, Time Management, and a host of others.

With 14 books to her credit, one currently inactive and awaiting revision, each one surpasses the last, according to her readers. They look forward to discovering the new characters in a new series Finders Keepers which she plans to begin in 2012.

Developing a social media presence, getting published at and adding her books to their kindle collection in Canada, the US, Great Britain, France and Germany, and also adding her books to has kept her busy this year. She has also attended a few workshops to add to her skill level. Barbara Ann would love to meet you, whenever she is in your area. Check her schedule to find out when she will stop by.


Tell us about your books including blurbs ISBN, purchase information, and cover pictures
(Lisa says: I didn't put all 14 covers in here, sorry gang, but you can find them on Barbara's web site!)

Vanished - Vanished! That’s what Andrea Wilton and Brian Strait discover when they come to visit their best friends one evening. Where could they be and does God answer prayers, two questions they find the answers to as they journey to another world of voodoo, murder, and more missing people. Andrea and Brian also discover each other as they learn to scuba, fight a common enemy, and search for the proverbial needle in a haystack.

            Presumed Dead - Andrea Wilton and Brian Strait, from Shuster Detective Agency, take on another case to find a missing person. This second book in the series introduces DJ Wiebe, a biker who rides with The Sons Riders, a Christian biker ministry. Another biker, a member of The Demons Raiders, is missing and presumed dead. DJ, his friend, hires Shuster Detective Agency to find him. He initiates Andrea and Brian into the biker culture, a world that encompasses motorcycles, leather, drugs and murder.

            Fear Not - Brian Strait and Andrea Wilton discover that relationship and intrigue go together

when they embark on their third adventure, back to the Caribbean. A visit cut short, the two sleuths uncover a plot that challenges their faith when they search to clear a friend of murder. Their hunt for truth brings them head to head with the black market, human contraband, and culprits who will stop at nothing to line their pockets.

            Silence - After disembarking from their last adventure aboard a cruise ship, Andrea Wilton and Brian Strait thought they were on their way to get married in Santo Domingo.  When Andrea is abducted by sex traffickers, Brian goes on the hunt of a lifetime to disentangle her from some very bad people. Set in Miami, he uncovers a plot that includes missing women, drugs, and dirty cops.

            Straight Pipes - This devotional is designed to encourage bikers in their Christian walk and, at the same time, provide them with a tool to disciple others. Within its pages discover the importance of spending time with God daily, studying His word, sharing your faith, and then discipling others.

            Two-Up - In Two Up, Riding With The Lord, Barbara Ann Derksen creatively illustrates the importance of what it means to be God’s adopted child… Accepted, Secure, Significant, and Free… through faith in God’s one and only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will discover the privileges of being a child of God, your strength as a believer, and the power given to you by God’s Holy Spirit as you spent time in His Word through these daily readings.

            Chrome - Deepen your understanding of propitiation, justification, righteousness, and sanctification as you read the devotions in Chrome, Shining Faith. Listen to God’s still, small voice and walk closely to your Heavenly Father on a daily basis

            Chaps - The Bible, in Ephesians, says to put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. This book is designed to help you do just that and in so doing understand how God uses His armor to protect, strengthen and shield us so we can minister to the people he places in our paths.

            Road Trip - The book of Matthew, Chapter five, begins the greatest sermon ever preached. In this chapter and all the way to the end of chapter seven, God gives us clear direction on how we are to live our lives as Christians. He covers a host of topics leaving no doubt that He loves us and wants only the best for us. Road Trip is an easy to read study of those principles to encourage you in your daily walk.

Your unique talent
            I’m not sure I have anything unique to offer but I often trust too easily, talk too much, am too opinionated, and have an overactive imagination. I guess these are all qualities that make me a good writer but more importantly I’ve learned to be obedient to what God has called me to do.

Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets?
            I am a dog person, through and through. Currently without, I would love to have another little critter to come home to. For the time being, my husband will have to do.

Would you rather travel or stay at home?
            I love both. Our current lifestyle works just fine as we are on the road for Christian Motorcyclists for five months every summer and then home for the other seven.

Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car?
            Riding a motorcycle fills my excitement quotient. Enjoying God’s beauty with no roof over my head, smelling the flowers, trees, and lakes without hindrance are all part of what makes this lifestyle so much fun. Leaving the more unpleasant odours behind quicker, works too.

Would you describe yourself as happy or joyful?
            I prefer to use the word content, rather than happy. Happiness is fleeting but contentment has a lasting quality to it. To me, happiness depends on circumstances but contentment depends on the Lord.

Listen to music or prefer quiet?
            I love to listen to all kinds of music and usually have some on when I write or when I’m enjoying a good book.

Prefer sunrises or sunsets?
            I love both but, since I’m not a morning person, I usually miss the sun rise.