Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski. It’s impossible not to, what with Claire’s zany antics and Patsy’s self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds.
During an early morning discussion at Dees ‘n’ Doughs bakery with their ladies group, all Chapel Springs entrepreneurs, attention is drawn to the slackened tourist trade. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to address the town’s revitalization in hopes of drawing back the tourists. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages.
Claire, a pottery artist, stumbles through life with her foot in her mouth. When she became a Christian, she thought life and her marriage would be included in the new creation part. But her thighs are just as big and her husband, Joel, is as ornery as ever. She’s become nothing more than a sheet-changer, a towel-folder, a pancake-flipper. Her life is humdrum and she’s tired of being taken for granted.
Patsy has plans for her empty nest, plans that include a cruise ship. However, her husband, Nathan, continues to work long hours, and he’s not talking about slowing down. In fact, he’s not talking much at all. She’s asleep long before he comes home each night. At first she thought it was just because of tax season, but now she’s not so sure. Something other than work seems to keep him late at the office every night. With the lines of communication closed, she’ll have to find another way to reach him.
With their marriages as much in need of restoration as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.
Endorsements & Reviews
“With the charm of the Mitford Series, the humor of I Love Lucy, and the heart of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Springs Revival is sure to be a hit with fans of Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon. Reading Chapel Springs Revival is like coming home to the place you wish you were from, to the friends you know and love.” ~ Gina Holmes, award-winning author of Crossing Oceans & Wings of Glass
” A story full of small-town charm and big-hearted friends. Chapel Springs Revival is Southern Fried Fiction, a taste of a community that will be transformed through the devotion of a group of friends and God’s guidance.” ~ Judy Christie, author of Magnolia Market, writes Fiction with a Louisiana Flavor and loves a good Southern tale.
While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two very large dogs.Her debut book, Chapel Springs Revival is a romp through miscommunication in marriage.
America’s Star-Spangled Story – Celebrating 200 years of the National Anthem
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You’ve sung or heard the lyrics hundreds of times, but how well do you know the story behind the Nation’s song? In America’s Star-Spangled Story, award-winning author and former White House webmaster, Jane Hampton Cook, brings to life the story of National Anthem lyricist Francis Scott Key in ways that will touch your heart, while showing the power behind the song that has transcended generations. Come celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner’s 200th birthday by discovering the adventure, drama, and suspense that ultimately gave the United States its national anthem. Don t miss this once-in-a-century opportunity to celebrate America’s top song
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Endorsements & Reviews
Having sung the words to the Star-Spangled Banner hundreds of times throughout my life, I sometimes lose sight of the brilliance of the beautiful poetic words written by Frances Scott Key. The way that Cook dissects the song and recounts the history that led to the writing of this national treasure resurged strong feelings of patriotism within me. The beautiful photographs included in this short read also made me appreciate our American flag and all that it stands for. I am so thankful for those brave men and women who have sacrificed much to make this country what it is. Jane Hampton Cook, as always, is a master at telling the American story. ~ Barnes & Noble
Having sung the words to the Star-Spangled Banner hundreds of times throughout my life, I sometimes lose sight of the brilliance of the beautiful poetic words written by Frances Scott Key. The way that Cook dissects the song and recounts the history that led to the writing of this national treasure resurged strong feelings of patriotism within me. The beautiful photographs included in this short read also made me appreciate our American flag and all that it stands for. I am so thankful for those brave men and women who have sacrificed much to make this country what it is. Jane Hampton Cook, as always, is a master at telling the American story. ~ Amazon
Award-winning author Jane Hampton Cook makes history and biographies relevant to today’s news, current events, issues of faith, and modern-day life. A public speaker and frequent national media guest, Jane is the author of seven books, including her newest work, American Phoenix (May 2013) about John Quincy and Louisa Adams and the War of 1812. She is also a former White House webmaster.
In American Phoenix, John Quincy and Louisa must form an alliance with the czar of Russia to end the War of 1812 and secure American independence once and for all. In many ways this Adams and his Eve’s banishment becomes the nation’s salvation. Their Russian destination changes US destiny.
In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered? Based on a true story. If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can
Novelist Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of “The Road to Deer Run,” “The Promise of Deer Run” and “The Legacy of Deer Run.” Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels. “Fields of the Fatherless,” a novel set during the American Revolution, will release October 2013. Visit her website at: http://www.elainemariecooper.com.Elaine is a contributing writer to “Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home” by Edie Melson, and “I Choose You,” a romance Anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, and she blogs regularly.
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?
Murder of a Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard
Few things are more heartbreaking for a writer than giving birth to a manuscript and handing it over to an agent, editor, or publisher—only to see it killed in its infancy. How do you prevent your prodigy from taking a bullet to the heart? By learning the basics and making sure your manuscripts are as clean and professional as possible.Whether you’re a new writer or a seasoned author, the ability to edit and proofread your own material is crucial. Along with recognizing common errors, a writer should know the lingo of the writing and publishing industry, and have a good grasp of plotting, POV, crafting dialog, and so much more. Murder of a Manuscript will test your knowledge and give you the tools to polish your prose so the epitaph won’t read: Here lie the remains of my first book. It never had a chance to show the world how wonderful it could have been.
Andrea Merrell is a freelance writer and editor living in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina. She is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Andrea has led workshops at the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (KCWC), Writers Advance Boot Camp, and The CLASS Christian Writers Conference in New Mexico.Her work has been published online and in numerous anthologies. Her next book, Praying for the Prodigal, will be released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2015.To learn more about her, visit her website: www.andreamerrell.com.
Christian Chick’s Guide to Surviving Divorce – What Your Girlfriends Would Tell You If They Knew What To Say
Christian Chick’s Guide to Surviving Divorce is what your girlfriend would tell you, preferably over coffee and crepes, if she knew what to say. With a good dose of humor, it’s full of life-giving encouragement as well as practical guidance. A book full of hope – from someone who has been there.
“I walked into my local Christian bookstore with my head down, hoping no one would see the tears streaming down my face,” writes the author. “I didn’t want the usual version of surviving divorce have a glass of wine, slash his tires, head to Jamaica, and party like you did in college. I needed Godly advice from a woman who had walked in my shoes and lived to tell about it.”Divorced does not have to be your label. You can heal and come out on the other side in triumph.
Every year, 900,000 women of faith go through a divorce. This book is full of the wisdom and encouragement that Suzanne received, as well as the lessons she learned while the Lord was exchanging His beauty for her ashes. There is life on the other side. A life full of hope, healing, and triumph.
Suzanne Reeves is a Christian actress, director, and writer. Her short story, “Second Chances and the Death Star” is published in Oaktara’s anthology, My Love to You Always, 2012. She had the privilege of adapting Max Lucado’s story, A Cosmic Christmas, for the stage, into Gabriel & the Gift.
The lion is a ferocious protagonist rippling with fervor and strength. Loyalty to the pride, surgeon-like strikes and keen sense of the world around them make them one of the most feared animals in the world.At the same time, the lion is an affectionate beast who lets his guard down among those he loves.History is witness to a handful of men whose lives resembled the tenacious fervor of lions.
The men of “Living Like Lions” are a rare breed of tenacity, strength and love.A monk stands face-to-face against the emperor of Rome. A bishop goes toe-to-toe with soldiers. An inventor creates the world’s biggest wheeled-machines. An artist resurrects the hope his of fellow creators.Each one is a story of lionic bravery, commitment and masculinity. Each man challenges us to rise above the contemporary definitions of masculinity and to embrace godliness.Their message? Live with a roar.
Endorsements & Reviews
“Like a blacksmith with his anvil, Duren strikes each page harder than the last. He takes the very marrow of these men and saturates each page, paragraph, and sentence.”
~ Melissa Perea, author of Seeds of Hate and Dismantled Sun
“J.R. examines the lives of great Christian men, distilling truths that apply today as much as they did decades and centuries ago.” ~ Tom Trotter, Missions Pastor, LifeBridge Church, San Diego, CA
“(This book) picked me up and shook my life in a way that made me want to stand up and fight like these lion-men from history.” ~ Sam Ward, Pastor of Creative Worship and Drama, Emmanual Community Church, Ft. Wayne, IN
J.R. Duren is an award-winning journalist from San Diego, California. He graduated from Bethel Seminary in 2007 with a Master of Divinity. He and his wife Heather live in Barcelona along with their dog, Charlie. J.R. enjoys hiking, volleyball and exploring Barcelona with his wife.
Alone and betrayed, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never anticipated.
Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny’s former fiancé reenters her life, Kieran’s loneliness draws him to a former student.
How will Bonny decide between her rivals? Can they set aside the past to make way for a future, or will it drive them apart?Land of My Dreams spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.
Norma Gail’s debut novel shows a mastery of the craft and technique of writing, unusual in a new author. Land of My Dreams flows easily between crisp, nicely blending narrative, description, and dialog, making the story easy to read right from the start. ~ Michael Phillips, CBA Bestselling Author
Norma writes with a flair that will wrap you in suspense and romance, capturing you into the setting of New Mexico and Scotland. If you need the place to escape to for a few hours, this is a wonderful book that will sweep you away. ~ Jennifer Hudson Taylor,award winning author of the Highland series and The MacGregor Quest series
Land of My Dreams is aptly titled. The novelist, Norma Gail, drew me into the setting as a rich part of the story. With delightful descriptions, Scotland slipped into my mind in full-blown images. I truly did not want to stop reading, so smoothly did the story wrap around and through my imagination. Exactly what a book is supposed to do–transport me to another place and time without a recognition of the transplant. ~ Angela Breidenbach,author of A Healing Heart and soon to be released, Snowflake Tiara www.AngelaBreidenbach.com
Norma Gail has had a love-affair with words since she first learned to read.As a child, it wasn’t unusual for her to get in trouble for reading the back of the cereal box at breakfast. She truly believes there is no such thing as too many books. She loves the mountains, and enjoys tackling 4×4 trails in her Jeep. She is a former RN and homeschool/soccer mom who loves family research, history, and Scotland.Norma’s passion is sharing Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living. She served eight years as a Discussion Leader in Bible Study Fellowship, and has led women’s Bible studies at her church for the last ten years. Her devotionals, poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.”She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, FaithWriters, and the newly formed New Mexico Christian Novelists. Her website, found at www.normagail.com includes a weekly devotional blog, daily scriptures, poetry, and a blog about her debut contemporary Christian romance, “Land of My Dreams,” set in Scotland and New Mexico.Norma lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 37 years. They have two adult children.
Summers’ Love, A Cute and Funny Cinderella Love Story
Following the collapse of her interior design business, Kate Winston moves to Georgetown with hopes of making it as a sales rep for Tasmania, a company selling personal protection devices for women. With rapes, robberies, and domestic violence on the rise, the nation’s capital is a ripe market. But Kate’s taser party implodes when her guests demand she sweeten the deal by providing autographed copies of In Heat, the latest best-selling novel by Stu Summers. With creditors breathing down her neck, Kate drives to PageMe Bookstore, where adoring fans clamor for an autograph with the New York Times sexy and single romance writer.
Stu expects the flirty smiles and women fawning praise, but when his editor phones to inform Stu that his latest manuscript failed to impress the publishing board, his carefully crafted career begins to unravel. Stu has one week to deliver a complete rewrite that meets his reader’s demanding standards. And he would if only he could write. But he can’t. Not a lick. For years Stu has paid a church secretary to ghostwrite his novels. Only now Hattie May Hall feels God calling her to write paranormal prairie Amish thrillers with an evangelical, Cinderella twist.With Stu’s career on the line and Kate’s big taser sale in jeopardy, an unlikely pair of hearts collide, providing a shocking climax at the world’s biggest stun gun ball.
Fun and clever, with a new twist every few pages that I didn’t see coming. Can’t wait for the whole book to come out. ~ Ann Tatlock, Christy-award winning author
Well written book. Two good people need to experience that “once in a lifetime” kind of love. I love a good story of finding romance which is built on a foundation more than immediate attraction. ~ Phyllis Qualls Freeman
I signed up to read this book only knowing it was a romance, nothing else. Most stories seem like a repeat of just about everything you have ever read. But this book is different and original. Kate decides to win over a group of people by getting them autographed books written by Stu. However nothing turns out as planned. The story follows them through an adventure packed romance with a sweet ending. The ending leaves you wanting and needing to know more. I also wished the relationship would have been drawn out more, everything happened really quickly! Overall it was a great read. ~ Lauren Alumbaugh
Stu Summers is an award-winning novelist and a Times best-selling author of In Heat, Puppy Love, Paws On My Heart, Hound Dog Heart, and That Dog Won’t Hunt.When Stu was in high school, he dreamed of moving to an island and writing love stories. Though a girl in high school broke his heart, Stu never lost his passion for telling funny stories on and about about his awkward romantic encounters. (Stu once closed his eyes, puckered up and kissed a wall when the girl eased away.) Today Stu is living his dream. While fiercely protective of his privacy (he refuses to divulge the name of the island from which he writes), Stu remains loyal to his readers, giving them glimpses into his pain while lacing his stories with laugh out loud humor.
Out from the Shadows
31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver
No place is so dark, no shadow so deep, that God can’t find us. Does the suffering you witness or experience seem pointless?
Do you feel like your problems are endless? Do you wonder if God cares about you?
Caregivers live in the daily shadows of death, countless duties, and shattered dreams. But they don’t have to exist in the shadows of their faith!
Nurse and veteran caregiver Pam Thorson offers weary families hope and insights gained from her own struggles. Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver is a collection of thirty-one stories that pull back the veil on the unique joys and challenges of caregiving.
Each devotion draws from the author’s own experiences to reveal a fresh understanding of Jesus’ call upon our lives as we care for others.
I heartily recommend this book for anyone and everyone who deals with disability in the family! ~ Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
Awesome book. Definitely not just for caregivers–for anyone who has asked God “why?” or “when will this be over?” Thorson knows how to craft a sentence and how to encourage hurting hearts. Don’t miss the lesson of Patton the Crab. ~ Denise K. Loock
What a wonderful devotional book from author Pam Thorson! Although I am “just” a caregiver to my own “mostly-normal” children, the devotions in this book have touched and encouraged me. As “deep calls unto deep in the roar or Your waterfalls (Psalm 42:7),” the depth of Pam’s emotions and experiences as a mom and a caregiver will call unto the depths in others’ lives and hearts. ~ Bea Marie
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, speaker, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Enduring Faith – An 8-Week Devotional Study of the Book of Hebrews
Think you’re too busy to study the Bible? And yet, do you hunger for spiritual “meat” that will help you grow as a Christian?Enduring Faith, an eight-week Bible study, delivers the perfect balance of in-depth study and manageable homework. Written in a devotional style with real-life examples, each day’s reading is paired with discussion questions and space for journaling. You’ll answer questions like:
What’s the difference between blind faith and enduring faith?
How can I rest when my schedule is so hectic?
How do I respond to the tests I’m facing right now?
Am I trying to please God by following rules or by living by faith?
Christ’s work is final, complete, and perfect. You don’t have to live under the bondage of a religious approach to God. Instead, enjoy liberty in Christ through a more intimate relationship with Jesus.
Nivine Richie, PhD., is a women’s Bible study teacher in Wilmington, N.C., where she lives with her husband and two teenage children. An associate professor of finance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she is actively involved in the Christian faculty association on campus. Eager to see women grow strong in their faith, she has participated in and taught numerous small group Bible studies. She loves living near water, camping with her family, and drinking Brazilian coffee.