Saturday Spotlight: A Second Chance by Alexis A. Goring

I am thrilled to welcome Author Alexis A. Goring to my blog this weekend for the Saturday Spotlight.

Read below for all the details about her book, A Second Chance, her bio, and where to connect with her online.

Welcome to the blog, Alexis!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.

Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.

Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

CONNECT WITH ALEXIS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlexisAGoring/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PennedbyAlex

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capturing_the_idea/

Website: https://alexisagoring.jimdofree.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/capturingidea/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7260528.Alexis_A_Goring

“God is Love” (blog): https://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com

“On My Heart” (blog): https://coveringitall.blogspot.com


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Saturday Spotlight: Home Where She Belongs by Penny McGinnis

I am thrilled to welcome Author Penny Frost McGinnis to my blog this weekend for the Saturday Spotlight.

oday I’m interviewing Penny discussing her new book, Home Where She Belongs. Read below for all the details about her book, Penny’s bio, and where to connect with her online.

Welcome to the blog, Penny!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Tired of being a pawn for her father and an emotional punching bag for her ex-boyfriend, Sadie Stewart runs away. She leaves behind a lucrative job, at her father’s financial company, and narcissistic, abusive ex-boyfriend, Bryce Shaw. Her heart longs for a peaceful, simple life on beloved Abbott Island in Lake Erie, Ohio where she spent magical summers with grandparents she adored.

On the island, Sadie takes over her grandparents’ small island home and her gram’s rental cottages. With a fresh start on the island, she tries to push the past behind and dig in to make the rental business thrive. As Sadie and her dog, settle into her new home, her thoughts wander to Joel Grayson, her teen crush. As soon as he crosses her mind, she dashes the thought away. Not ready to share her heart with anyone, she pushes herself to finish her tasks.

Joel Grayson left the island long enough to train at the Police Academy. The folks in the community trust him, even with his failures. Before Sadie’s grandpa died, Joel had promised him he’d look after their cottages, with a secret hope Sadie might return. When he’s on patrol and finds a woman on his friend’s property, he bristles until he realizes his dream girl has come home.

Sadie recognizes Joel and immediately guards her heart. Her experience with Bryce left her untrusting and hesitant. Even handsome and kind Joel won’t tempt her to open her heart.

When someone is set on sabotaging Sadie’s future, she seeks Joel’s help. As they are drawn together, Joel wants to protect Sadie as a police officer and a friend. Sadie begins to trust Joel and allows the wall around her heart to crumble, just a little. As Joel tries to find the person behind the menacing, Sadie fights to build her rental business and latch on to the peace she longs for.

Even as Joel and Sadie grow closer, a dark cloud hangs over them. Ugly graffiti, a fire, and threats cause Sadie grief. She wants to believe in God, the way her grandparents did and longs for the peace that passes understanding, but her heart hesitates to trust anyone.

Joel needs to place his past behind him and allow God to work in his heart. In his attempts to protect Sadie, he falls for her all over again, even though she keeps her distance.

Will Joel and Sadie overcome their fear and lack of trust? When they discover who is sabotaging Sadie’s future, can they stop them? Will two broken people find their path to love?

Home Where She Belongs is a romance with a dash of mystery and the promise of hope, as Joel and Sadie discover what it means to trust in the God who loves them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

If Penny Frost McGinnis could live in a lighthouse or on an island, she would. Instead, she and her husband are content to live in southwest Ohio and visit Lake Erie every chance they get. Blessed with five children, their spouses, and a passel of grandchildren, she adores her family, indulges in dark chocolate, enjoys fiber arts, and grows flowers and herbs in her tiny garden. Penny has been published in Chicken Soup, and The Upper Room. She blogs at Hope for Today’s Heart and believes God has called her to bring hope to people’s lives through the written word. Contact Penny at penny.frost.mcginnis@gmail.com or visit her website at http://www.pennyfrostmcginnis.com.

Social Media:

Website/Blog https://www.pennyfrostmcginnis.com/&

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/PennyFrostMcGinnisAuthor

Twitter https://twitter.com/PennyFMcGinnis

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pennyfmcg/hope-for-todays-heart/

Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/penny-frost-mcginnis

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

If I could inhabit a lighthouse on an island, I would. Instead, I’m happy to live with my husband and dogs, Olive and Rosie May, in southwest Ohio and visit Lake Erie every chance we get. I enjoy hanging out with our grown children and my wonderful grandchildren. In the spring and summer I grow flowers and herbs in my tiny garden, and in the winter, I work on arts and crafts. I love books—reading them, writing them, and making them. I blog at Hope for Today’s Heart and believe God has called me to bring His hope to people through the written word.

Tell us about your current release.

I write contemporary romance with a dash of mystery and the promise of hope.

Several years ago, my husband and I vacationed in northern Ohio and visited Kelleys Island. I became enamored with the simple, quiet life on the island. Modeled after Kelleys Island, Abbott Island came alive as the setting for Home Where She Belongs. Proverbs 3:5-6 reflects the theme of the story. How to trust and who to trust.

Tired of being a pawn for her father and an emotional punching bag for her ex-boyfriend, Sadie Stewart escapes to Abbott Island where she spent summers with her grandparents. She plans to resurrect her grandmother’s cabin rental business, she inherited, and find the peace she’s desperate to embrace. Would the love and faith she learned from her grandparents be enough to fuel her new life? She wants to believe God’s promises, yet broken trust holds her back. 

Joel Grayson left the island long enough to train at the Police Academy. The community trusts him, even though he’s failed. When he finds Sadie at her grandparents’ cottages, his heart skips a beat. He’d love to get to know her again, but no one needs to share the hurt he harbors. 

When Sadie discovers someone is sabotaging her future, she seeks Joel’s help. As they are drawn together, will Joel let down his guard and let her in? Will Sadie trust the man who loves her and the Father Who cares? 

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?

I would. I believe God has called me to write, whether for one person or many. It took me a while to come to this conclusion. Like many writers, I was dazzled by the possibility of publication, but in writing a blog I learned that if the one person who needed the words the Lord gave me, read them, I am doing a good work. When I applied that to writing fiction my attitude changed, and I started enjoying the writing process. Granted we all need goals and perhaps publication is one of them, but I also believe in nudges from God as he directs me on my path.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write?

Reading inspired me to write. From the time I was old enough to read, I was fascinated with words. My mom signed me up for the Dr. Seuss book club. With anticipation, I waited on my monthly book to come. I wore those books out. At a young age, I was introduced to Robert Frost’s poetry. That inspired me to write poems as a teenager and for many years after.  Writing poetry gave me the tools to create word pictures, which eventually led to what I write today.

What made you take the plunge and finally do it?

When I retired, a friend challenged me to finish my second novel, the first one is still tucked away in my computer. She gave me a deadline to complete the rough draft. My husband encouraged me to work toward publication and do what I needed to do. With the help of a wonderful critique partner and beta readers, I used the stay-at-home time during the pandemic to rewrite and revise my story. When I found out Mt. Zion Ridge Press was taking submissions, I felt God nudge me in their direction. I guess the short answer is encouragement from my family and friends and God’s push.

Thank you for joining me, Penny, and readers, be sure to join me several Saturdays throughout the year when I spotlight author friends and their awesome books!


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Saturday Spotlight: DECEIVED by Madisyn Carlin

It’s Saturday and I am thrilled to once again welcome a fellow author to my blog!

This week, I’m honored to have Author Madisyn Carlin as my guest. Her new release, Deceived, is in the Christian fantasy genre. I’ve personally read this book, and it is definitely one to add to your TBR list. It is available at Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats.

Welcome, Madisyn!

ABOUT THE BOOK

In a land built upon lies and deception, uncovering the truth can be deadly.

Therese Westa is sick of death, but taking lives is what provides for her younger sisters. When a client approaches her with an unusual request, Therese takes the job offer, which includes the condition of “no questions asked”. As Therese uncovers the reason for the request, she is faced with a choice: kill an innocent man or save her sisters.

Therese’s hesitation to carry out the assassination thrusts her into the aftermath of a dangerous chain of events. Caught between security and truth, Therese must choose where her loyalties lie, for the answer will determine who survives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.

Want to connect? Find her social media links here

Saturday Spotlight: Fled for Refuge by Kristina Hall

It’s Saturday and I am thrilled to once again welcome a fellow author to my blog!

This week, I’m honored to have Author Kristina Hall as my guest. She is spotlighting her book Fled for Refuge. Kristina isn’t new to the writing world, and has published several books. Welcome, Kristina!

Be sure to join me again for another spotlight and later this week for my regularly scheduled blog posts.

ABOUT THE BOOK

BLURB:

Tyranny. Betrayal. Risk.

Tony Dorence works security for a little country church mostly untouched by America’s downward spiral. Untouched, that is, until a car smashes through First Baptist’s front doors and the driver threatens the congregation. Though Tony thwarts the driver’s intentions, this seemingly random event sets off a chain reaction that endangers his sister, Merri, and everyone involved with First Baptist.

Merri Dorence, though not a believer, supports much of what First Baptist stands for. As Tony’s world is shaken, she too is dragged into the turmoil.

As everything falls apart around them, will Tony and Merri crumble beneath the pressure or flee to the only One Who can provide them refuge?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristina Hall is a sinner saved by grace who seeks to glorify God with her words. She is a homeschool graduate and holds a degree in accounting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, arm wrestling, lifting weights, and playing the violin.

FIND KRISTINA AT:

Website: https://kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21133401.Kristina_Hall

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristinahallwriter/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kristinahallauthor/_saved/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kristina-hall

Newsletter: https://kristinahallauthor.ck.page/

Saturday Spotlight: A Heart to Cherish by Judith McNees

It’s Saturday and I am thrilled to once again welcome a fellow author to my blog!

Judith McNees is joining me today to celebrate her new release. Read on for all of the details and be sure to scroll to “The “Story Behind the Story”. Judith is an amazing person who has, and continues to, make a difference in the lives of children.

Be sure to join me again for another spotlight and later this week for my regularly scheduled blog posts.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Everyone leaves…including God.

That’s how Julia Price feels after years of being passed over in foster homes. All she has ever wanted is a family, but when she finds herself pregnant and homeless, her dreams seem further away than ever.

Strait-laced good guy Alex Morgan has waited his entire life for the woman God has prepared for him. When he makes it his mission to help Julia, he wonders whether she could be that woman. But why would God lead him to a pregnant non-believer?

As Julia struggles with issues of self-worth and trust, can she open her heart to both God and Alex? And can Alex trust their relationship to the One who holds Julia in His hand?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Contemporary Christian romance author Judith McNees lives in southwestern Michigan with her husband and four of their seven children, along with their three dogs. Her family loves to travel together, but she still believes that her home state is one of the most beautiful states there is. She is a proud stay-at-home mom, stepmom, foster mom, adoptive mom, and grandma, which gives her plenty of fodder for her writing. She holds a B.A. in English from Western Michigan University and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Amazon.

The Story Behind the Story: Why I Wrote A Heart to Cherish

The first seeds for A Heart to Cherish were sown in my heart over a decade ago when my husband and I decided to become foster parents. In Michigan, all prospective foster parents are required to take classes called PRIDE, which stands for Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education. Part of this training involved listening to a panel of former and current foster parents and foster children. During that panel, I learned that thousands of children “age out” of foster care without being adopted into families who can help them transition into adulthood. This puts them at a higher risk of experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, incarceration, and unwanted pregnancies.

This was a sobering revelation for me, as I’d had it in my heart to adopt older children for years prior to starting the foster care process. These are the forgotten orphans…the ones who were left orphans by a legal decision that stripped them of both their homes and their identities. Unfortunately, at the time our “birth” daughter was only three years old, and we were discouraged from taking in children who were older than the ones we already had in the home. God since gave me peace that the children we adopted were the group he had for us, but at the time, it was difficult for me to let go of the dream of adopting a teen.

Over the course of the next five years, we fostered a total of five children, three of whom we adopted, until our adopted daughter’s therapist recommended we stop due to her past trauma. In that time, I joined a number of support groups and advocacy groups and met other foster parents and former foster children who had been completely traumatized by a very broken system. I think that most social workers are doing the best they can, but with enormous case loads and legal constraints, the consequences of spending an extended amount in foster care, both for foster parents and children, can be quite damaging.

My heart went out to, and still goes out to, the children who are not adopted. My goal for my writing is to shed light on social issues that people go through in a way that is sensitive, yet still points to the hope of the Gospel. Since the book is ultimately a sweet Christian romance, it may not be as “hard hitting” as a story written for another genre or audience, but in writing my heroine, Julia, I was attempting to spotlight the extreme need for loving homes for these “system orphans,” even though the character herself is a true orphan who spent time in the system.

Former foster youth like Julia may be fortunate enough to be “adopted” into a found family as adults, but if you spend even a short amount of time looking up statistics for these kids, you’ll see that they aren’t always good ones like the fictitious family in A Heart to Cherish. If I can spur even one family into changing the narrative for a child in foster care, my work on this novel will have been worth it.

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27 (NKJV)

Saturday Spotlight: Unworthy by Vanessa Hall

On this second edition of Saturday Spotlight, I am excited to welcome Author Vanessa Hall and her latest release, Unworthy. Read on for some background info about the book, the blurb, where you can purchase it, and where to find and follow Vanessa on social media.


I wrote this book nearly three years ago, but it’s a far different story today than it was several years ago! Although many things did change throughout the editing process, one thing did remain—Evgeny’s struggle with depression. For some reason, I plotted myself into that corner—or maybe the Lord just shoved me there for a reason—and depression became a driving force throughout the book.

Approaching depression/suicidal thoughts was difficult, given I’ve never suffered severe depression as Evgeny did. Yet, as it turns out, my worries were in vain, because Unworthy isn’t just about depression. It isn’t just about failures and sorrow and pain.

It’s about the grace of God that is greater than our deepest fears, our darkest nights, and our worst choices. When we are His by faith, it doesn’t matter what you struggle with—whether that’s outward danger or inward anguish—the Lord is far greater, and He will carry you through it all. He is far mightier than any feeling or thought or enemy, and He will hold His children fast,even in the darkest of nights.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28 KJV)

ABOUT THE BOOK

One moment, one choice can change a life forever.

Two years ago, Evgeny Yurlov’s dreams shattered on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre. Without many options, he lands a job—far different from ballet—and returns to Moscow. There, he’s reunited with old friends—friends who need his help as government scrutiny intensifies on Grace Baptist Church.

Sasha Dvornikova isn’t the woman she once was, but Dmitri Rykov’s shadow is relentless. Reminders of her past lurk everywhere, and her sins have branded her undeserving of a man like Evgeny.

As mounting danger surrounds both the church and his job, Evgeny finds past struggles reignited, struggles that reach even Sasha. Amidst so much darkness, will Truth prevail, or will Evgeny’s choices destroy him—and those he loves?

ABOUT VANESSA

Vanessa Hall is an author, musician, and homeschool graduate. Most days, she is reading, writing, or practicing the violin—or trying to find time for all three pursuits. Currently, she is working toward gaining a degree in instrumental music education.Unknown was her debut novel. Above all, she is a sinner saved and held fast by the abounding grace of Jesus Christ.

Social media links:

Blog: https://vanessahallauthor.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21596469.Vanessa_Hall

Newsletter: https://vanessahall.ck.page

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/vanessa-hall-76d55a60-3f49-4ac3-8e43-

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Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Vanessa-Hall/e/B09D5FK28P/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

a huge thank you to readers

Dear Reader,

As 2021 wraps up, I want to send a huge thank you on behalf of all authors.

Thank you for sharing in our love for quirky characters.

Thank you for recommending us to your friends.

Thank you for encouraging us by writing reviews.

Thank you for joining our “street teams” and being first-line readers.

Thank you for spreading the word about our books, whether it be through posts, retweets, “likes”, or word-of-mouth.

Thank you for hosting us on your blogs and podcasts.

Thank you for choosing to take a chance and read a book by an unknown-to-you author.

Thank you for supporting us by buying, borrowing, and uploading books.

Thank you showing us grace when you come across a typo in our books. Despite our best efforts (and dozens of rounds of editing by both us and professional editors and proofreaders), picky-petty errors still manage to find a way into our books.

Thank you for your encouraging enthusiasm.

Readers, we could not do it without you. You are the reason we write. The reason we stay up late to perfect that “problem” scene. The reason we put ourselves “out there” for others to read our creations. And the reason that currently-only-a-dreamed-up-story will find its way onto the pages of a novel or the screen of an ebook.

And you are worth it.

God’s blessings for a safe and healthy New Year!

Penny

Love Under Construction giveaways, character quotables, and blog tour wrap-up

Thank you for joining me for the blog tour for Love Under Construction. I have been so honored to be a guest on several blogs this past week. On Monday, I’ll feature a fellow author on her blog tour, and then Wednesday, we’ll return to our regularly-scheduled program.

There is one more pit stop on the blog tour today, where I’m guest blogging about “minor inconveniences” on Patti’s Porch and offering a giveaway of Love Under Construction. It can all be found here. And if you’d like double the chances of winning a copy, be sure to stop by Chat with Vera and enter to win there!

For fun, I’ve included some character quotables from the book.

Thank you again for joining me!


Love Under Construction Mini Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 6:

Blog Tour Kickoff/Sneak Peek/Meet the Characters | Penny Zeller

Author Interview | Kristina Hall

Book Spotlight and Giveaway| Chat with Vera

Tuesday. December 7:

Book Spotlight | Joy Hannabass

Book Spotlight | Penny McGinnis

Wednesday, December 8:

Author Interview | Vanessa Hall

Thursday, December 9:

Book Spotlight and Guest Post| June Foster

Friday, December 10:

Book Spotlight and Review | Madi’s Musings

Book Spotlight and Guest Post | Kathy McKinsey

Saturday, December 11:

Book Spotlight/Ebook Giveaway | Patti’s Porch

Blog Tour Wrap-up/Love Under Construction giveaways, character quotables, and blog tour wrap-up | Penny Zeller

And the winners are…

Wow! It’s been a busy Christmas and New Year, but not it’s time to announce some winners from the past few giveaways. First of all, thank you to everyone who stopped by and showed their support for my author friends. We all appreciate you!

And now, without further ado, here are the winners:

Winds of Wyoming by Becky Lyles – Amada Chavez

Grace, Miracles, and Chocolate by Marriott Cole – Kay M.

The Love Walk by Amanda Beth – Kelly H.

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn – Lilly

Thank you to everyone who entered. The authors will be contacting you soon.

And thank you to Becky, Marriott, Amanda Beth, and Keli for being my guests!

If you are looking to win my book Hailee, Book #3 in my Montana Skies Historical Romance Series, check out the Christian Book Review Blog at http://christianbookreviewblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/author-interview-and-giveaway-hailee-by.html where a copy is being given away to one lucky winner. But hurry! Contest ends January 19, 2013!

 

 

 

Interview and Giveaway with Author Becky Lyles!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! I have one more giveaway for the year. I’ve been having issues with properly accessing my account, so I’ve had to delay the announcement of the winners for the past couple of giveaways, but no fear! I promise to randomly choose those winners and announce them soon.  Until then, enjoy this newest giveaway with featured guest, Becky Lyles!

Becky is the author of Winds of Wyoming. I haven’t yet read this book, but it sounds intriguing!  Below is the blurb:

RCLyles CoverFresh out of a Pennsylvania penitentiary armed with a marketing degree, Kate Neilson heads to Wyoming anticipating an anonymous new beginning as a guest-ranch employee. A typical twenty-five-year-old woman might be looking to lasso a cowboy, but her only desire is to get on with life on the outside—despite her growing interest in the ranch owner. When she discovers a violent ex-lover followed her west, she fears the past she hoped to hide will trail as close as a shadow and imprison her once again.

And now, let’s meet the author behind the book…Hello Becky! Thank you for being my guest. What was your inspiration behind your latest book? My inspiration for writing Winds of Wyoming came late one night as I drove home from team-leading a Bible study at an Arizona women’s prison. Each time I visited the prison, I was struck by the similarities between the incarcerated women and myself. In the same way I loved my family, they loved theirs and longed to see and hold them, especially their children. We also had in common everyday struggles with relationships, forgiveness, transparency, obedience, health, finances, faith, and so much more.

For several years, I’d been trying to write about a woman who left the east coast to start a new life in Wyoming, where I grew up. But I could never come up with a strong enough motive for the move to create a plausible plotline. While driving through the dark desert that night, I realized challenges ex-offenders face when they return to society could provide the basis for my heroine’s obstacles. As believers, freed prisoners have the power of Christ to help them walk the narrow road; however, past failures and corrupt friends still haunt them and fight to drag them back to their former lifestyles. Kate Neilson’s story is one of a young ex-felon learning to live a new life in a new place as a forgiven daughter of the King.

Wow! I love the inspiration behind your book, Becky! Can you expound on the Christian message contained in Winds of Wyoming? One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Hope is a key theme in the book, as are transparency and forgiveness.

becky lylesSince we’re on the topic, what is your favorite book of the Bible? Wow, choosing a favorite book of the Bible is tough! Maybe I’ll narrow it down to Esther in the Old Testament and Philippians in the New Testament. I love the story aspect of Esther, the intrigue, the twists and turns, the astounding miracles, and God’s invisible presence behind every line. Philippians is short and simple yet contains so much wisdom and guidance. I rely on many of the verses for daily living, like 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” and 4:13 – “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Verse six of chapter one provided hope and power to endure through an especially difficult birth process: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I, too, love the books of Esther and Philippians. And now, while we’re on the subject of favorites” what is your favorite Scripture Verse? Yikes, another tough choice! One verse I really like is this NLT version of Exodus 34:14: “He is a God who is passionate about His relationship with you.”

This question is so much fun to ask…what charity you would found if you were suddenly given 1 million dollars? I’d like to provide homes, jobs and healthcare for families and orphans around the world who have to live in garbage dumps and scavenge through the refuse as their way of earning an income.

Wow! Excellent charity! And lastly, Becky, where readers can find you on the web?

Website:http://www.beckylyles.com

Email: beckylyles@beckylyles.com

Facebook: Rebecca Carey Lyles

Twitter: @BeckyLyles

Blog: widgetwords.wordpress.com

Is there anything else you’d like to add? I’m in the midst of edits for the Winds of Wyoming sequel titled Winds of Freedom and scheduled to release next spring. Here’s a blurb about some of the characters:

Four women fight for freedom and wholeness—for themselves and each other. Kate Neilson’s own loss and heartache during a long cold winter take a backseat to the needs of her failing great-aunt plus those of her mother-in-law and her best friend, who’ve both been ensnared by evil.

We will keep a lookout for your next release, Becky! Thank you so much for being my guest. It has been awesome connecting with you online. Thank you, Penny, for this opportunity to talk about the Winds books. I enjoyed the visit and wish you and your readers God’s very best for 2013.

And now, readers, here’s your chance to win   all you have to do is leave an encouraging comment for Becky. A winner will be chosen at random. Sorry this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. If you are a subscriber to this blog, you will receive two entries.  The contest ends on January 10, 2013.