Flag Day

June 14th, 2016

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U.S. Flag Day

On this day, June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress officially adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States of America.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

June 11th, 2016

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Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace

Do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Hebrews 13:7-9a, 16

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Remembering Dresden

June 9th, 2016

Remembering Dresden

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By Dan Walsh

Young history professor, Jack Turner, takes a retreat at a lakeside cabin just outside of Culpepper, Georgia to work on his doctoral dissertation. The cabin is owned by an ambitious state senator, an inheritance from his father. Inside, everything is exactly the way it was when the old man died ten years ago. While taking a break from his research, Jack snoops through the father’s books and finds an old photo album filled with black-and-white pictures of orphaned children. Intrigued, he continues searching and finds what appears to be evidence of murder and an old leather journal, handwritten entirely in German. Rachel Cook, Jack’s girlfriend, translates the journal for him. What it reveals instantly puts both of their lives in mortal danger.

ISLAND BREEZES

Dan Walsh did it again! He grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I started reading yesterday afternoon and had to quit. The same thing happened this morning. My husband thinks he needs to eat.

He had an early evening class and then was going straight to work. The dear, sweet man was barely out the door before I had my book in hand. I started reading and couldn’t stop.

It was becoming darker out now, but I couldn’t put this book down long enough to get up and turn on a light. I was too close to the end. I was straining to finish reading it. Just as soon as I finished God turned out His light.

Jack and Rachel seem to innocently drift into mystery and intrigue. This book is a great stand alone read, but if you read When Night Comes first it will add to your enjoyment of this book.

I love all your books, Mr. Walsh, but I’m really enjoying your Jack Turner mysteries. If you need me to drive over to Daytona, and proofread or whatever help you might need to speed along Jack and Rachel’s next adventure, just call. I can hardly wait for it.

***A special thank you to the author for providing a review copy.***

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Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, as well as The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for “RT Book Reviews” Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit here for more.

Richard Mabry’s ‘Medical Judgment’ e-Reader Giveaway

June 8th, 2016

Just what the doctor ordered: heart-thumping suspense and intrigue, courtesy of Richard Mabry’s new medical drama, Medical Judgment. Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They’ve stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?

Join Richard in celebrating the release of Medical Judgment by entering to win an e-reader!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Medical Judgment
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 21st. The winner will be announced June 22nd on the Litfuse blog.

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Medical Judgment

June 7th, 2016

Medical Judgment

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By Richard Mabry, M.D.

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she’s about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn’t think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her—and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband’s best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and they’re both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won’t protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

ISLAND BREEZES

Sarah is still grieving for her husband and daughter. She shouldn’t have to deal with any added grief, but the fire in her garage is just the beginning.

Weird phone calls and being fired at are only part of the story. Someone wants Sarah to suffer. She gets to the point of suspecting the two men who are trying to help her.

Will a home aarm system, a guard dog and a concealed weapon protect her? They don’t seem to be working.

The twisted person behind all this has a motive not necessarily founded in reality.

Dr. Mabry’s books always hold my attention by combining my love of medical suspense with my ER nursing background. Thank you, sir, for another great book.

***A special thank you to litfuse who provided a review copy.***

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Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

Love of Money

June 4th, 2016

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Keep your lifestyle free from the love of money and be content with what you have. For God Himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you,”

so that with confidence we say,s

     “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What will man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5-6

Barry’s Decree

June 1st, 2016

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Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

Romans 1:24-27 (KJV)

If you have the stomach for it, you can read the full thing here.

Through the Shadows

May 31st, 2016

Through the Shadoes

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By Karen Barnett

As San Francisco rises from the ashes, an age-old battle looms between corruption and the promise of new beginnings.

 
The devastating earthquake is just two years past, but the city of San Francisco is still trying to recover. Destruction of this magnitude is not so easy to overcome—and neither are the past regrets shadowing Elizabeth King’s hopeful future.

 
Hoping to right her wrongs, Elizabeth dedicates herself to helping girls rescued from slavery in Chinatown brothels, even if it means putting her own life at risk to sneak through the gloomy alleys and rooftops where dangers lurk.

 
Putting her life on the line for a worthy cause is admirable. But opening her heart is even more terrifying. So when Elizabeth meets attorney Charles McKinley—a man who dreams of reforming San Francisco’s crooked politics—Elizabeth begins to doubt: Can she maintain her pretense and hide her past? Or will her secret jeopardize both their futures?

ISLAND BREEZES

We return to the characters whom we previously met during and after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. It’s now two years later and Elizabeth King is running from her past.

She volunteers her services teaching sewing and English at the Presbyterian Mission Home in San Francisco. She’s really not sure about leaving Sacramento as it’s all so strange at the home.

But Elizabeth can’t help but fall in love with the children. Soon she learns the danger connected with working at the home. She has difficulty being prudent an puts herself into a dangerous situation.

She tries to protect her heart, but eventually puts that on the line as well. Alas! Her past catches up with her, and now she’s disgraced and will probably lose her job. Just when she thinks she’s found happiness and fulfillment.

Thank you so much, Ms Barnett. I have thoroughly enjoyed The Golden Gates Chronicles. I do hope you have more installments of life there for us.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***

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Karen Barnett is the author of Beyond the Ashes, Out of the Ruins, and Mistaken. Named the 2013 Writer of Promise by Oregon Christian Writers, Karen lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing novels, she loves speaking at women’s events, libraries, and book clubs.

Karen Barnett’s THROUGH THE SHADOWS 5-Book Giveaway!

May 29th, 2016

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Enter here.

Angels Unaware

May 28th, 2016

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Let brotherly love continue.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers – for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Remember the prisoners as if you were fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you also were suffering bodily.

Let marriage be held in honor among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.

Hebrews 13:1-4