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Monday, March 28, 2016

Triumphant: Created For Victory Destined For Glory, by Marnie Baker

Triumphant: Created For Victory, Destined For Glory 

How wonderful it is to have a Living, Loving God who profoundly cares for you, and for me. Therefore, because He Is LOVE, and because He Is Care, there is a Hope that is Real, True, and Able which is there for us. With God, we can walk through any situation with a hope that is real and everlasting because He is alive, well, and sitting Forevermore  upon His Mighty Throne.

But God…

Despair like butterfly wings
continuously beats at my heart.

How do I keep the walls from
crumbling down all around me?

Do you see me my Lord; My God, My King?
I stand here struggling trying my best
to hold up four crumbling walls
with only two small hands.

I’m hopeless. I’m helpless.
I’m desolate. I’m pained.
I’m alone.

But God…
Means that Hope Lives.

But God…
Means that Help arrives.

But God…
Means that Love, on Comforting Wings,
comes for me-comes to see me through.
But God…
Means that an intentional Love
surrounds me-is here for me. 

With Jesus by my side,
how magnificent, beautiful,
and sustaining is the phrase But God.

And for that reason
My Help is the Word;
The Word which is God.

God is my Hope. God is my Light.
God is my Strength. God is my Shelter.
God is my Love, and He is always at my side.
So, I will rest in Him because
He is my Strong Tower.
I will place my hope in Him because
He is my Source, my Strength.
I will put my faith in Him because
He is Worthy and True.
I will forever Love Him because
He is my Everything.

My situation does not make Him less God
because He is there for me- Strong and Mighty.
Therefore, I am able to lie in
His Comforting Arms and rest when I need to.

Yes, I may walk through the valley of death,
yet, I will not fear the terrors
because He Lives, and He is with me.

Therefore, what was meant to harm me
must now bow down before Him
to be turned around for my good.
Thank You Lord that there is a But God
for my story, for my soul,
and for my life.
Orphans rescued in Nepal by Jesus


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Author Bio

Marnie Baker daily observes the exquisite Love that God has for each of us which has influenced her decision to write professionally. Triumphant: Created For Victory, Destined For Glory brings home the truth of God’s Love beautifully and powerfully.  She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the owner of the Christian book publishing company Asher Yields Publishing. She can be found at her blog and on her Facebook page:

Saturday, March 19, 2016

"The Madonna of Pisano" by Maryann Diorio - Book One from "The Italian Chronicles"

A young woman, a priest, and a secret that keeps them bitterly bound to each other . . .  

MARIA LANDRO led her little son by the hand as they hurried down the winding road from Bella Terra toward the village. Distant, dark clouds gathered in the morning sky. Looked like a storm coming. The anxiety that had been churning for days in the pit of her stomach now spread to chill every part of her body. It was all she could do to keep herself from turning back.
         Nico tugged on her wrist. "Are we almost there, Mama?"
         She squeezed his hand in return, the hem of her skirt rustling against the pebbles as it swished along the cobblestone road. "Almost, darling. Are you all right?"
         He looked up at her. He had her father's eyes. Kind, deep, and probing. They always made him so easy to love.
         "I'm well, Mama." But his fingers fidgeted in her hand.
         His nervousness only fueled her own. She squeezed his hand more tightly. Please let the village be kind to him. Regardless of what they believed about her.
         A sudden gust of wind caught the end of her headscarf, pulling it back past her temples. "My, the wind is getting stronger. Let's hurry before the storm breaks. We don't want you to arrive at school soaking wet on your very first day, do we?"
         "No, we don't, Mama. I would look silly." He laughed, and an arrow pierced her heart.

         If anyone hurt him . . .


Book Reviews

"This book had my attention from the very start, hard to stop reading it once I started.”
 ~ Janice Sisemore, Reader

"Excellent read! . . . Beautifully written . . . .”
 ~ Alison Strittmatter, Reader

"Excellent characters, dramatic plot. Beautifully written, giving wonderful feeling for the setting in place and time. Emotionally intense situations, satisfying resolution. Among the two or three best novels I have read this year. Highly recommended.” 
~ Dr. Donn Taylor, Author of Fiction


About the Author

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of compelling fiction that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. Her books for both adults and children consistently receive excellent reviews for their content and their style. MaryAnn holds the PhD in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas. She resides in New Jersey with her husband Dominic, a retired physician. They are the blessed parents of two awesome daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and five rambunctious grandchildren. When not writing, MaryAnn loves to read, to paint, and to make up silly songs for her grandchildren.


Friday, March 18, 2016

March Madness Free and Reduced Books

MARCH 18-20 ONLY here is a long list of deeply discounted, 99 cents, or free books ON KINDLE or PRIVATE AUTHOR website from some of my our members. Some are fiction and some non-fiction but all are clean reads. I hope you enjoy some of these. Curl up with a good book this weekend!

dead dreams ecover 600pixelsDead Dreams, Book 1 $0 for you!  (It's $4.99 on Amazon) 2014 Reader's Favorite Gold Award Winner for YA Mystery Eighteen-year-old Brie O'Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams--of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality. 

Seventh Dimension - The Door, Book 1 FREE 2013 International Book Awards Finalist
The Door is the first book in the Seventh Dimension Series that combines contemporary, historical, and fantasy elements into a Christian "coming-of-age" story. A curse put on Shale Snyder, because of a secret, shrouds her with insecurity and fear. Following suspension from school, Shale's best friend isn't allowed to see her anymore and she feels abandoned by her family. When a stray dog befriends her, she follows it into the woods. There she discovers a door that leads to another world--a garden with talking animals, demonic underlings, forbidden love, and a king unlike any other.

Seventh Dimension - The Castle, Book 3 99 CENTS Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist
Haunted by a recurring dream of his missing father in a mysterious castle,17-year-old Daniel is captured by the Romans and finds asylum in the Temple. There he discovers a scroll that reveals his future concerning a wager between good and evil. But the stakes are raised when he witnesses the trial and crucifixion of Yeshua.

Keeper of Reign, Book 1, Reign Trilogy FREE From Award Winning, Best-Selling Author, Emma Right, comes this top selling fantasy for teens and pre-teens. This children fantasy promises adventure and mystery in a magical Kingdom called Reign.
Life couldn't get more harrowing for Reign's cursed inhabitants, the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? Jules, the heir of a Keeper, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago.

First Children of Farmington – stories of historical ethnic settlers of a typical Midwestern community. FREE
The Potawatomi Boy  Green Leaf's longs for a friend his own age he can play with, explore and fish with. When he meets a Luxembourger boy, Henri, Green Leaf is sure they could become friends. Green Leaf's mother says, "Friends learn to speak one another's words." But will Green Leaf learn to say his friend's words well enough to save Henri when he falls into danger? The German Girl - Huldah Hartz is a curious girl who loves to watch the butterflies and grasshoppers. The flowers around her new home are pretty, especially the ones that grow close to the dark woods, where Papa and Mama say she must not play. The French Girl  How can Marie fit in with her new friends?  When her neighbor Augusta makes a poor choice at the county fair, Marie must decide who is a true friend and what new customs to follow. The Irish Girl Who can Ann find for a grandfather? With so many aunts and uncles, why doesn't Ann Riley have a grandfather? Her friend, Katie Murphy, has a special grandfather who tells stories and remembers all the things he did at home in Ireland. When Katie's little sister tells Ann that everyone has to have a grandfather, Ann decides to find one of her own. The Saxon Boy - When John Klessig's father dies suddenly in the mid-1850s, Mama marries Mr. Ernst, who is very different from Papa. The Yankee Boy - How can one boy change the minds of his neighbors? When Matthew LaCraft's father gives up his ship, the Mary Jean, Matthew is going to have to stay home and go to school. Worse, it's a new school his father helped to build. Matthew would much rather go to school with the boys he knows in Boltonville. When a Potawatomi boy, Green Leaf, attends the new school, not all the neighbors are happy. What can Matthew do to help everyone get along? Will his plan work? 

Summer's Winter  FREE When Jeanine finally connects with film star Jamie Newkirk, the object of her obsession, will it be a dream come true? Or will she be pulled into his family's nightmare of secrets, control, and death? At age ten, preacher's daughter Jeanine fell in love with young movie star Jamie Newkirk and the character he played--Danny Summer. Jeanine believed God Himself promised Jamie would be part of her life--that he would rescue her from boring rural Georgia. But eleven years later, she's graduating college and about to settle into the dreary nine-to-five life with no word from Jamie or God.

Spiralling Out of Control The Spiralling Trilogy Books1 & 2 99 CENTS each Set in Australia, these novels contain adult themes Recommended reading audiences 15+ Temptation, depression, seduction, betrayal ... Not what Stephanie was expecting at fifteen years of age. Uprooted from her happy, all-girl high school life with a dream filled future and thrown into an unfriendly co-ed school, Stephanie spirals into depression. When charismatic high school senior, Jason notices her, Stephanie jumps in feet first and willingly puts all her faith and trust in him, a boy she barely knows

Spiralling Out of theShadow With her security tied up in great friendships, life for Tabbie was a breeze... until her best friend moved interstate. That's when the exposing reality hit her. Who was she without her best friend? Forced to stand on her own, Tabbie finds a new confidence and sees the world for what it really is, her new convictions enlighten her to see her friends through a different lens.  Is Tabbie strong enough to stay out of Stephanie's shadow when Steph returns? Can Tabbie be true to herself without letting her friends slip through the cracks?

The Right Person (Montgomery Lake High Book 1)  99 CENTS Chris Dunkin has lived a life of excessive partying since he was twelve. At fifteen, he is drinking more often and trying heavy drugs to keep himself high. But his dream of becoming a pro athlete is slipping away as quickly as his grades. Chris is empty inside, bored with the partying scene, and incredibly attracted to Courtney Angeletti. However, Courtney is Bryan Sartelli's girlfriend and is also the mayor's straight-laced Christian daughter. Chris sees inner strength in Courtney that he finds very attractive. 

When Darkness Tries to Hide: Montgomery Lake High #2  99 CENTS As Chris Dunkin arrives for his first year of high school, he enters drug-free with a new attitude and a Christian set of values. But it doesn't take long before he realizes that he was a whole lot more popular when he was the "life of the party." 

The Battle for Innocence: Montgomery Lake High #3  99 CENTS Within a dimly lit hospital room, Chantal Kagelli peers at her boyfriend Andy's blank face. The Battle for Innocence flashes back to that pivotal year when the characters of Montgomery Lake High were first introduced to the temptations, peer pressures, and internal-struggles associated with adolescence. 

The Aftermath 99 CENTS The Aftermath follows Jason Davids' journey of self-discovery, as he tries to overcome a destructive lifestyle. Jason, a high school freshman, has been caught up in drug use for the past two years. After a natural disaster strikes his town and lands one of his classmates in a coma, Jason feels responsible for the tragedy, attributing the magnitude of the accident to his own drug problem. As he tries to navigate through his mixed emotions, struggle with faith, and the influences of his older brothers and peers, Jason finds himself entangled in an enigmatic situation with a mysterious girl from his school.

The Forces Within  FREE Last month, when a tornado wreaked havoc on my hometown, I suffered a severe head trauma. I have since experienced something much more disturbing. During my recovery celebration, I came face to face with a force more powerful than any weather phenomenon-something darker than I ever dared to imagine. Twice this past month, I woke up in a world that I did not recognize. I heard things that didn't align with my memories-things that made me question my identity, my beliefs, and my own thoughts. I still cannot fully comprehend what happened to me or distinguish reality from illusion. Am I, perhaps, discerning an additional dimension of life that I was too blind-too jaded-too scared-to see before?

When God Speaks Free When God Speaks is a transformational book based on God's promises. If you commit to reading one devotional each day for 40 days and nights, you will come face to face with the faithfulness of God at the end of the journey. Anita takes you through her personal guide, you will not only be strengthened and encouraged in your faith, you will be challenged in the process. Joanne Ellison Teacher and Author Drawing Near to God Bible Study Series

 Get on Board and Stay on Board  Free "Get on Board and Stay on Board contains poems, articles, and short Bible studies. It is directed toward unbelievers and believers alike. It is designed to lead the unbeliever to faith in Jesus Christ, and then help him or her in a spiritual journey. Articles and poems in section one of the book clearly challenge unbelievers about their need for salvation and admonish them to prepare for eternity before it is too late by accepting Jesus’ offer of salvation through His shed blood. 

 Feed your spirit - A collection of Devotionals on Prayer  Free  Feed Your Spirit is a collection of devotionals on prayer. This book is a wonderful tool for Christians to develop a deeper relationship with God. "I really enjoyed the devotional - thanks again for sending it to me. I used it as a spiritual checklist for my prayer life and appreciated your vulnerability and the examples and symbols you provided within 

The King of the Trees(King of the Trees series, Book One) 99 CENTS What do an old wooden box, a jeweled pendant and some mysterious, green-garbed strangers share in common? When Rolin son of Gannon sets out to solve this riddle, his adventures take him worlds beyond the walls of his little log cabin. With the help of some grumpy griffins and a long-lost prophecy, Rolin and his newfound friends battle a sorcerer and his underworld army; deadly snake-trees; batwolves, dragons and other mythical creatures. On their perilous quest for the blessed Isle of Luralin, they must trust the King with their very lives. In the end, they learn that “The greatest help oft comes in harm’s disguise to those with trusting hearts and open eyes." 

My Fears Relieved: A Delaware Detectives Mystery Free It all began with a pocket knife which led to a mysterious inscription which led to a wolf. But there are no wolves in Delaware...or are there? It's up to the Delaware Detectives to find out. In book one, Abby and Jamie, along with their friends Scott and Phyllis, followed a trail of tantalizing clues to uncover a hidden fortune.

The Delaware Detectives Free What do the following have in common: a muntjac deer, a toilet, and a hairless cat? They are three key factors in uncovering a treasure that may or may not exist. But for Abby and Jamie Patterson, these items are essential ingredients to fulfilling their grandfather's greatest desire. Is the fortune real, or are the siblings following a path to nowhere as set down by an eccentric old woman? The quest is on, and time is running out.

Random Ramblings of a Raving Redhead Free Feeling overwhelmed by life? Grab a cup of hot chocolate and join me on a journey of personal experience combined with heartfelt encouragement and fun-filled observations. With a giggle here and a sniffle there, you’ll uncover new insights to lift your spirit, lighten your load, and comfort your heart. Each of the 111 short devotions contains life lessons with a Biblical perspective. 

What Happened To PrinceCharming? FREE What is a wife to do when she no longer recognizes the man she married? Within this book, you'll find the answer to that question along with Scriptural advice on making the most of your marriage. When you tied the knot, you made a promise to love your husband for better or for worse. I want to help you keep that promise!

The Lighthouse of Asaph: Unforgettable Christian Reflections 99 CENTS Roberto Ornan Roche's book "The Lighthouse of Asaph: Unforgettable Christian Reflections" is a collection of beautifully written devotionals/essays on the joys and struggles of daily Christian life. It is a very deep and thought provoking book that will touch the core of your soul. I found the book to be both encouraging and inspiring. There are some issues with the translation from the author's Spanish language to English. This should not be a deterrent in buying and reading the book. The depth and honesty found in the stories more than overcome these translation issues. This book is a faith builder.

Financial Empowerment:Realign Your Finances to God's Will 99 CENTS Read this Readers' Favorite award-winning title Financial Empowerment: Realign Your Finances to God's Will In this award-winning title, "Financial Empowerment", Pamela explores nine key areas of personal finance - creating wealth, tithing, saving, giving, investing, spending, borrowing, lending and planning. She examines the issues and misconceptions most experience in their finances and provides help with Biblical and practical solutions.

Blast of the Dragon's Fury (Andy Smithson Book One) 99 CENTS Winner of the Readers' Favorite 5 Star Award! Do you love dragons? Fire breathing dragons? Dragons bent on conquest? Shapeshifting seven-headed dragons? Then buckle up because this book has all manner of dragons! "I LOVED it! Totally hooked and want to hear more, especially about the dragons, epic fantasy & magic!" -- M. Tate, Book Reviewer

Power of the Heir's Passion (Andy Smithson Prequel Novella) FREE  When God Speaks is a transformational book based on God's prom
ises. If you commit to reading one devotional each day for 40 days and nights, you will come face to face with the faithfulness of God at the end of the journey. Anita takes you through her personal guide, you will not only be strengthened and encouraged in your faith, you will be challenged in the process.