December is here! I hope everyone takes time to enjoy family and friends, seasonal food and get to-gathers. However, the best part is to renew our spirit with the knowledge that the season is all about our savior, Jesus Christ. To usher in the holiday author Lisa Lickel shares an Angel memory and her newest novella.
Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin author who loves books, collects dragons, and writes inspiring fiction. She also writes short stories, feature articles, and radio theater, and loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. Lisa is a member of Women Fiction Writers of America, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Chicago Writer’s Association, and vice president/instructor for Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat, Inc. She is an avid book reviewer and blogger, and a freelance editor. Find more at LisaLickel.com.
Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2bPxi2X
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good new of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord…. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:10-14
Angels—beings of fear, prophecy, popular culture, love, Christmas décor. Where do they fit in your life? Are they cute, chubby, winged, or frightening?
Since “Fear not” is a traditional biblical greeting to go with the falling-on-knees and much trembling that goes with their appearance, we can figure whoever decided cute or darling or even precocious probably never encountered one. I blame the Germans.
When I was growing up, my parents decorated heavily for Christmas. The star went on top of our tree. A tin dealie, blue, if I remember, fuzzy cloud stuff with a solemn winged angel glued to the middle. My job was to take down the general tchotchke and replace it with the Christmas tchotchke. I had a favorite decoration I was to handle with care. It wasn’t glass or ceramic, and not even very old. Yep, an angel, eight or nine inches high, paper wings, red velvet dress. Blonde of course. It was before the “fear not” discovery in my Bible reading and I loved her.
Fast forward fifty years. I inherited the grandparental glass ornaments. No angels. During my own raising family years I’d made a plastic canvas angel the first year of our marriage and she’s always announced Jesus’s birth from atop our tree. Also pre-“fear not,” she has wings and a halo in gold metallic threat. I had a collection of Santa tchotchke I faithfully traded out every year. Our move to retirement property has my parents rethinking their possessions. Recently I helped pull boxes of stuff out of storage, things that have been MIA for decades. She was there, in her original box with the origin and date penciled on it. My great-aunt brought the red velvet angel of my childhood back from Germany, origin of modern Christmas tree practice, not long after my birth. She was a little more beat-up than I remember, and smaller, but still blonde and cheery with her most glorious announcement. I brought her to my new house where I plan to replace some decoration or other. She’s not scary in the least, and her news will never change. Maybe that’s why I’ve loved her even before I took that precious news to heart as a believer. That, and the memories of joyous holidays at home. What are your favorite memories of Christmas? What’s at the top of your tree?
Lisa’s latest holiday novelette from Pelican Book Groups is Meow Mistletoe, which introduces the Fancy Cat mystery series. Meow Mayhem releases late January 2019.
In Meow Mistletoe, Ivy Preston has just cause to be wary of men. Her long-time fiancé backed out of their wedding. The slow fizzle of their undramatic relationship leaves her wondering if romance is a myth. Then, Adam, an intriguing new member of her pet organization, catches Ivy’s attention. Unfortunately, his cat Isis, a beautiful purebred Egyptian Mau, prefers to pick on her cat, Memnet. Ivy would like to get to know Adam better, but with her self-esteem in the gutter and feline fights at every turn, she wonders how to proceed.
When Ivy agrees to help a clingy friend find her missing pet, she learns that true love doesn’t need theatrics. There’s hope for Adam and Ivy, if only their cats would approve.
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As we stroll into November the holidays come to mind. Thanksgiving will soon be here. The time we gather with family. I can't think of a better month to highlight Linda Weaver Clarke's novel, One last Dance. It promises to be memorable family journey.
Once again. I thank Linda for sharing her historical mystery with us.
About Author: Linda Weaver Clarke was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and now lives among the red hills of southern Utah. Linda is the author of 24 books. She has written in several different genres, which include: historical romances, romantic cozy mysteries, a mystery suspense series, children’s book, and non-fiction. All her books are family friendly. To learn more, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
A Historical Mystery Romance: One Last Dance
One Last Dance: Felicity Brooks is a talented artist but her career is cut short when her father passes away. Realizing the importance of family, she travels home to care for her mother. When Felicity meets their new neighbor, a fine-looking bachelor, she soon discovers that he is hiding his true identity. Nicholas Adams is on a quest. But that is not all. When she finds out that someone is after a valuable heirloom…a precious treasure that her father discovered in his attic, her life takes a new turn. This Historical Romance is set in 1835.
“One thing that always keeps me reading this author’s books is her characters; they are engaging, funny and passionate. I especially liked Mr. Adams’ character as he was both witty and charming with an air of mystery about him. I was impressed by Felicity’s character. She was a strong woman who had seen some of the world, only to end up back home where everything feels different. I liked the quirky bond between Mr. Adams and Felicity. He has her pegged from the start and from the moment they meet you can tell at some point sparks will fly, and they will challenge each other’s perspectives on the problem at hand, which made this book rather gripping. One Last Dance kept me guessing until the end and left me wanting to read this book all over again. If you like Historical Romance with a mysterious touch and well-developed characters, this book is a must-read.” --Author Katrina Hart
“One Last Dance is a historical romance with a mystery to add to the tale. Felicity has always been a strong and independent woman. Amongst mystery, loss, paintings, and a career, she is going to have to decide if love has a place in her heart.” --Author Anna Del C Dye
Linda Weaver Clarke’s links:
Linda’s Website: www.lindaweaverclarke.com
Linda’s Books: https://lindaweaverclarke.wordpress.com
Linda’s Audiobooks: https://family-friendly-audiobooks.blogspot.com
Linda’s Blog: http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com
Monthly Smiles welcomes author Gay N. Lewis. A great lady, and wonderful writer who entertains us with angels. Gay is the author of a series based on a cute, clumsy angel that helps the world, one romance at a time. I'm happy to introduce her
and highlight Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover.
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I’m a native Texan, and I live in a small town west of Houston. My husband is a minister. I enjoy travel and engage in artistic ventures. I’ve produced two videos --The Canadian Rockies, English and Japanese translations, and Psalms from the Mountains. Both sold well in international markets. Graphic skills kept me busy as a portrait photographer, and for over ten years, I used my creativity in the interior design field. One of my books, Sarah: Laney’s Angel, is about a designer who has a stalker. Many of the incidents in the book came from personal experiences, and I think an angel or two helped me several times when I worked for a builder/developer. Going into empty, model homes can be scary and dangerous.
As a pastor’s wife, I write Faith Features for various church periodicals. I also write articles for Texas Hill Country. I’m a published author for Pelican Book Group and Wings ePress. I blog several times a week. Like my books, my blogs feature faith and humor.
All of the Sarah books have appeared on Amazon’s Best Seller’s List. The Sarah series is available in eBook format as well as print at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Pelican Book Group, and other book sellers. Some additions are available in Amazon Audible. Each book in the series is a standalone novel.
Two books, Mattie’s Choice, and Clue into Kindness are not fantasy and romance. They are women’s fiction. The stories are about abusive men and women who are addicted to unhealthy relationships.
Gay what do you enjoy doing when you not writing?
I love Bunge jumping and sky diving. NOT! Just kidding. You won’t catch me engaging in life-threatening pastimes. I wish I had something exciting to tell your readers, but reading is my hobby. I’d like to learn to cook or bake, but I have no talent for it. Here’s a picture of one of my attempts. Someone told me I needed to cool a cake before turning it over and removing it from the pan.
Goodness, but the cake still looks like it tasted good. I’m not a thrill-seeker either.
What inspired you to write Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover?
Sarah is an angel who comes to earth to help humans, but she’s a Lucy Ricardo with multiple, chaotic mishaps. I have eleven Sarah books published and a Christmas one coming in November. They are stand-alone novels. Sarah finds love interests for men and women. Most of the books feature a female in need of a boyfriend, but one or two highlights a man who wants a woman. In Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover, Sarah assists Valerie with a poor self-image. Valerie is a bit heavy, shy, and insecure. Sarah adds 50 pounds to her petite frame, assumes a mortal image, and becomes Valerie’s roommate. Together they learn about gyms, workouts, and nutrition. Sarah knows nothing about human anatomy, makeup, clothes, or hairstyles. The adventures she gives Valerie will make you laugh.
How did you choose the title of your book?
My original title was, Sarah and the Magical Makeover, but since the book is Christian, the publisher wanted to add Angelic to the title. It was a good suggestion. My books are fantasy, inspirational, and humorous. Sarah is a sweetheart, and she has nothing to do with the dark side. The publisher thought the word magical might make the reader think of witches.
How can a dyslexic, low-esteemed, inexperienced angel help Valerie, an insecure, overweight woman with a poor image of herself? To complicate matters, two men present themselves as possible mates for Valerie, but only one is the real deal. Can Sarah achieve a makeover while discovering the true love for Valerie?
Is there a message in this novel, you want readers to grasp?
My message in Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover is that God loves us in spite of skin color, body size, gender, occupation, or social status. We shouldn’t allow negative thoughts to live in our minds and disturb our lives. We’re important to God, so don’t believe otherwise.
Are you working on a new project you can tell us about it?
A Christmas Fantasy: Sarah Helps Santa. This Christmas novella will be out in November. Boy! Did I have fun writing it. Nicholas Claus has procrastinated and must find a wife within a year to assume his father’s North Pole business. Sarah is sent to help Nick find a mate, but there are additional problems. Not only does Nick need a wife, but he also wants to relocate Santa’s operation to someplace warm—like Texas. Nick hates frigid weather and detests wearing scratchy, long-johns. The elves form a committee and attempt to thwart Nick’s plans. Sarah engages in one bedlam after another as she “helps” Nick.
Adults and kids will enjoy this fairytale. It’s laugh-out-loud funny.
Where can we find you books?
The books are available in print, eBook, and audio.
For more information, please go to http ://gaynlewis.com/
Gay would love to have you see her video trailers and become a follower of her blog.
www.facebook.com/GayNLewis and also on Twitter @GayNLewis2.
Sarah has her own Facebook page. Follow Sarah on Facebook@ Sarah Wingspand
What readers say about Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover:
I simply loved “Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover”. As with all of Gay Lewis’s books, the characters are warm, realistic, and lovable. They deal with real-life issues in a lighthearted way that left me smiling and wanting more. This is a must read!
– Carlene Havel, award-winning author of Christian romance and historical novels.
Angel Sarah delights the reader as she relishes in human experiences, especially the girl-stuff, such as make-up, and fitness training. All the while she’s accomplishing a much greater mission—healing a wounded soul. Of course, she’s up to her usual match-making, but this time she also has to figure out which guy’s the right one for her charge. Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover warms the reader’s heart while it entertains
—Gail Pallotta, a Grace Awards finalist and a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner.
Gay N. Lewis delivers a powerful message brought to the reader by an adorable, bumbling angel, Sarah. While the misadventures of Sarah keep it light, the underlying story covers many areas where mortals stumble.
-- Victoria Pitts Caine, award winning novelist.
Gay Lewis’ dyslectic angel Sarah series captured my heart a number of books ago as this author shows how much God loves us, and how involved angelic forces are involved in ministering to His people.
Sarah’s new assignment, in Texas of course, shows us a maturing Sarah, still a mite zany and doubting her ability to carry out the Commander’s assignment to rescue this young woman who has lost faith in everything, especially herself. Sarah and the Angelic Magical Makeover is an inspiring and delightful read.
An intriguing love story develops as Sarah helps Valerie comprehend the enormity of her worth and God’s love for her.
--DiAne Gates, author of the award-winning novels: Roped and Twisted and freelance writer for Crosswalk.com.
Gay admits she’s not a very good baker and says, “My church members never ask me to bring a dish or help with the kitchen details... I need a no-fail go-to-church casserole dish.”
Let's help Gay out! Pictured is her attempt at making bread.
Share a no-fuss recipe for a chance to win one of her eBooks.
We're half-way through September. Fall is fast approaching.
Soon the trees will display an array of beautiful autumn colors. Before you get busy enjoying the change of the season check out, A Harvest of Blessing, by June Foster.
Even the title fits the approaching season.
June shares with us how this wonderful book, full of hope came about.
How the Story Came About
A Harvest of Blessing was inspired by a real life couple my husband and I met in Pensacola, Florida. Several years ago we were traveling and living in our RV full time. Since my husband is retired army, we generally stayed on military posts in their RV parks. This year we stayed at Pensacola Naval Air Station and attended the military chapel.
One Sunday we got to talking to a great couple and wound up going to lunch with them after church. Their story amazed me. They were both visiting the graves of their dead spouses when they met. They even pointed out the graveyard as we passed on the way to lunch.
Cupid went to work, and they eventually married. Their story has been on my mind for several years, and I finally got the chance to tell it in A Harvest of Blessing where my hero and heroine who're in their mid fifties meet in a graveyard. But that's where the similarity ends. I deviated from the real couple and made Nadia's husband a jerk and Jared's daughter an obstacle between the two of them.
About A Harvest of Blessing
If there's one thing Nadia Maguire knows, Jon Maguire robbed her of a godly marriage and left her in financial ruin. The night he was killed in an accident, guilt threatened to suffocate her. She wasn't sorry he died.
When Nadia accidentally sits on a stranger's lap in the graveyard where Jon is buried, she's horrified to learn the good-looking guy with salt and pepper hair is her new boss.
Jared Abrams is a widower who longs to move on. He's intrigued by the beautiful woman who puts God first in her life. But as their friendship grows, an unexpected obstacle separates them—his daughter Sarah. No one can replace her mother. Especially not Nadia Maguire whose son harmed her in high school.
If Nadia can't find the funds to get her house ready to sell, she'll have to balance two jobs with no time left to nurture a relationship with the man she loves. Will she and Jared find a Harvest of Blessings, or a season of drought?
A Harvest of Blessing
After the death of her husband, Nadia Maguire never expects to meet handsome Jared Abrams in the cemetery where she visits her dead spouse's grave. Though she falls for the handsome bank president, his daughter hurls a wedge between them. Will her life be a harvest of blessings or a season of drought?
When bank president Jared Abrams falls in love with one of his tellers, Jared's daughter does everything in her power to keep them apart. Will he reap a harvest of blessings or a season of drought?
Getting closer to the last step on the stairs of life, makes you appreciate the little things that come your way
Like a bouquet of flowers.
which transforms a frown into a smile, and adds a rainbow to an emotional cloud.
These simple wildflowers made my day. Hubby has a habit of surprising me with little acts of kindness, that cost nothing, but mean a lot.
I enjoyed the beautiful cluster of God's creation. A reminder of the joy that waits for His children when reach the final step.
I also welcome the smile hubbly holds when he presents me with a token of love, either from the yard, or the wooded area at home.
Thank you to readers
I also want to thank the readers. I know I've mentioned it before, but appreciation bears repeating. I'm grateful to everyone who reads my inspirations. As with many Amazon authors, I'm a drop in a big pool of writers.
As a reader picking up a book, or opening an eBook is a simple thing, but a writer appreciates being able to share their story.
A few months back I received an email in my public author account that mentioned a reader nominated Escape to Big Fork Lake, to Top Shelf Magazine for the Religious fiction category. Recently, I was sent another email which says,
"We had a staggering 1,023 entries in the 2018 Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, and your book Escape to Big Fork Lake has been selected as a Finalist in the category of Religious Fiction!"
Top Shelf Magazine is new to me, but I'm glad to be counted a finalist among authors. And very grateful to readers, who enjoy
September is a few days away. My birthday is the first day of fall, so I suppose autumn introduced me into the world.
Summer is normally my favorite time of the year, but too many up and downs have filled these past months. I’m ready for autumn and a new season.
Life never stays the same, that's a truth we must accept. Fortunately, a relationship with the Lord, and faith offers strength, which helps in the mist of trials.
On a lighter note, I appreciate everyone's prayers for safe travel as I attended a taping in Roswell, Georgia.
It was at Preach the Word Network, for the book of the month segment. The show is on Glory Star, iTunes, Roko, Comcast, Google Play and Charter Spectrum. The guest appearance airs on Sept. 1 at 6 EST.
The segment will also be seen on their website at 7 EST.
I also used the time in Georgia for a mini-vacation with my beautiful daughter. We brought my youngest grandson Blake, along as well. Many of you may remember he's the young author of An Angel's Burden. The weekend was a mixture of book marketing, and fun. While we were there we visited the World of Coke, and Stone Mountain in Atlanta.
Coming soon-Celestial Investigation # 3- Starr's Promise
and Rose-Colored Christmas
from Forget-Me-Not Romance (Winged Publications)
I enjoy creating stories, and look forward to continuing novels with Winged Publications.
In addition, I'm excited to add a contract with DWB Christian Publishing for a novella titled
Asheville Hearts. Released date unknown.
Many, many thanks to everyone who reads my social postings, novels, and novellas.
It's my desire to write uplifting and encouraging stories that will make you smile, or be grateful for God's blessing, in times of uncertainly.
It's a pleasure to highlight author Glenn Haggerty on Monthly Smiles. His latest novel Chase, is book 3 of his Intense series. Each novel is filled with suspense and adventure.
Glenn writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven. Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.
You can connect with Glenn at:
“There they are.” Chase’s voice rolled up the slope. Even hollering his voice sounded flat and lifeless like someone had drilled a hole in his body, and his soul had leaked out.
Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school turning ordinary kids into brain dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.
Shadowing drug runners is risky business. A bowhunter has already disappeared, and Tyler’s true adversary remains veiled. After his first spying mission misfires, Audrey, his classmate, volunteers to help, but Tyler can’t imagine where this mission will lead. Everything goes sideways, but he doggedly follows the twisting trails, risking his friendships and his own neck. In the end, he isn’t sure who he can trust or if he can rescue anyone—including himself.
Excerpt from Chase
Erick Donaldson crept from tree to tree scanning the hushed forest for his prey. Three-foot ferns screened the ground on either side of the path, but on the dirt trail ahead, cloven-hoofed prints pressed deep into the soft black soil.
He stooped. Fresh. His quarry was close.
A smile tugged at the corners of his mouth. He’d ditched algebra that morning, but Mom’s grounding would be worth it—especially if he had a new antler rack mounted to his wall.
Through a break in the tall trees, wisps of vapor rose from the valley below, and the domed roof of an old barn poked above the early fall greenery. Erick narrowed his eyes. He’d never seen buildings out here in the state park, but he’d never roamed this far north either. The dim trail twisted downhill and disappeared toward the barn. He touched the hunting license in the cargo pocket of his fatigues and stole after his game.
At the valley floor, he pushed through the brush line and stepped into the clearing.
Mist swirled against the barn and decay ate away the corners. Broken and missing boards lined the structure like unraveling bandages on a gigantic mummy. Elm saplings crowded the ruin. Just an abandoned barn. And yet . . .
The hair on the back of his neck prickled.
A gravel driveway led to a sturdy looking door. Tire tracks cut into the dirt, and the weeds leading to the dilapidated structure were trampled. He leaned forward and scanned the area around the building. To his left, the rutted two-track tunneled into the saplings and disappeared. To the right, a vague trail snaked into the forest.
He took another step into the clearing.
A vagrant breeze wafted the mist his way, stinging his nose and pushing him back. Mom’s cleaner? Why here?
A spasm rippled through his gut.
Something was wrong. He knew the forest, its sounds and smells, and he trusted his sixth sense—the one that told him he was close to his prey. Or maybe—the chill racing through his veins—the one that warned him of danger. He backed into the trees.
A twig snapped to his left, breaking the heavy silence.
His head jerked. He raised his bow and drew back the arrow.
Two men stood on the path fifty feet away, staring at him. A clown mask hid the first figure’s face.
Erick’s chest tightened. Clowns creeped him out. Were they stalking him? Hunters should hail another hunter in the woods. He swallowed and kept the bowstring tight.
The second man, skinny and pinched-faced, sported a sparse beard along his jaw. Erick narrowed his eyes. He didn’t know the skinny man’s name, but he’d seen him around town in a battered old pickup.
“What you doin’ here?” Skinny’s tone was flat like a zombie.
“Hunting. What’s it look like?” He eased off on the bowstring but spoke loud into the forest stillness.
“This is private property. No hunters allowed.” Skinny wore a dirty sweatshirt, and festering sores framed his mouth—gross.
You can pick up your copy of Chase, Intense Book 3 here www.amazon.com/dp/B0792JP7Z2
If you’ve read this far, I have an extra for you! You can get Escape, Intense Book 1 free in ebook format at
Kindle Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075X2SF8S
Nook and other epub https://www.books2read.com/u/m2oRQ7
Escape is a short, fast-paced introduction to the series and another great summer read.
Welcome author Linda Weaver Clarke. This isn't her first time I've asked her to share her books on Monthly Smiles.
Linda is a wonderful lady and a very talented writer and
I'm honored to highlight One Last Dance.
Linda has graciously offered an eBook giveaway and an Audible audiobook giveaway for two lucky winners who can answer the question:
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