Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summer Book Sale!

Can you believe it's almost August? This summer--well, actually, the whole year--is going by so fast!

Considering you still have some beach or pool time left, or maybe you need a little summer in your life on your way to work or on your life hour, my GOODNIGHT MY LOVE is on sale at Smashwords for 99 cents! It will remain on sale and should be hitting the other outlets, Kobo & Itunes & the others, very soon.

Oh, and that's not all...for now until the end of August, my novel about the Rapture, ONE SWEET DAY, normally also priced at $2.99, will ALSO be available for 99 cents.

Enjoy & may what's left of July be happy, fun & blessed for you!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Season of Quiet

Hello, readers!

Checking in because it's been a while. Just wanted to let you know I'm still breathing, lol!

And...to apologize for the lack of new works this year. It's been some time since my last book, which was GOODNIGHT, MY LOVE was published. The other day, my husband Bill and I were chatting about it, and he told me, "Babe, I know you go through times when you have this big splurge of writing, and then times when you don't write at all, but you always come back to writing."

That's really true. At first, it bothered me (because all writers are like that--we "miss" writing, telling our stories). Then I came to understand that this was one of those seasons of non-writing. A season of quiet, during which the creative well gets replenished.

For any newer writers who may find that scary, because of the fact that writer's block is a monster that always looms over us, and we work in a business which pretty much dictates you have to be writing and producing constantly. It's a competitive business, for sure, where she who doesn't endlessly have a book in the works isn't going anywhere in publishing.

It's interesting, because you do come to an age where you realize you need those seasons of quiet. That's where life takes place, where the experiences come, the fodder for our stories, where the well gets refilled, because you can't pour from an empty teapot. I'm sure I got that old saying wrong, but you get the idea. You also come to a point where you don't feel the need to compete with anyone but yourself, when "I have to keep writing or I won't look like a serious author" turns into, "Do I have something new that I can share with my readers? Or do I need to stay in this season of quiet?" Not surprisingly, I love this stage, and for any writers out there, I hope you do (or will come to love it), too.

I believe that, for me, it's coming to an end, that season. It's still early in the writing process, but do bookmark this page, because I hope to have news soon.

Until then, I hope you're having a happy, fun & blessed summer!

Connie

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Special Offer & Updates

Happy March!

Forgive me. I know it's been a while. As usual, I have to prove myself as the Internet's worst blogger, LOL! Since it's a lazy Sunday (during which most of the morning's snow here in North Carolina had melted) and I'm procrastinating in between working on my new WIP, I thought I'd post, say hi, and add some updates.

First, a special offer for you! This being the week of my birthday, I've decided to give GOODNIGHT, MY LOVE for free. If you haven't read this, my previous release, you can pick it up right now from Smashwords. Later, it'll be available on Kobo, iBooks, etc. Enjoy & Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Now for updates...

On a personal note, I'm back to my yoga practice again. I had left it for several months, but I've missed it, so I'm again fitting it into my schedule. We have to make time for the things we enjoy and that relax us, no?

Also, I have not written in some time. There, it's out there. I don't know why, but I do go through those patches of time during which I don't write. In this post, I'm happy to report that the muse has struck, my well is full again, all that writing jazz, and I'm working on a new romance, a historical! Will post more info, plus a cover reveal, when we get closer to its completion.

My estimated time for publication is tentatively scheduled for May 2017, if all goes well. I have a lot of pans in the fire, so that may be delayed, but I'll absolutely keep you posted.

Until later & may the Lord bless you always!

Connie

Monday, December 19, 2016

TGIM Reflection -- 12/19/16

Hello & Happy Monday!

I know, I know--the weekend goes fast, while it seems like the week just drags on. But what happens when we spend the week wishing for Friday? In essence, we're wishing our lives away.

This happens to be Sunday, since I prepare TGIM Reflections before Monday morning. This one came today, right before the closing prayer after service from our Pastor Jimmy:

"Make it a point to live life to the fullest in Christ this week."

That covers more than just humble, little Monday! That challenge comes to us and includes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday...and hopefully beyond that.

Our pastor didn't say, "As soon as things get better, make it a point." Or, "When you clean up whatever you're struggling with, make it a point..." No prerequisite of, "If nobody gives me a hard time this week, Lord, I can make it a point..." Listen, there are no requirements for this challenge, other than asking for the Lord's help to get you through it.

Make it a point to live life to the fullest in Christ this week. That is the key: IN CHRIST.

And let's not wish away the precious days and hours of this week. Instead, let's live our lives to the fullest, remembering that we are not promised tomorrow.

Sometime today, write that challenge down and post it somewhere you can see it, where it can remind and encourage you. If you fall down in meeting that challenge, you can always get back up and keep trying. Remind yourself of the challenge. Also, if you get a chance, listen to listen to the Afters' "Life is Beautiful." It will inspire you.

Ready to take Pastor Jimmy's challenge? I pray we take those words to heart, and that we encourage others to do so, too.

Have a happy, safe and blessed week, brothers & sisters!




Monday, December 12, 2016

TGIM Reflection -- 12/12/16

Hello again, sisters! Take a deep breath, put on the coffee pot, and welcome a totally new Monday. December of 2016 only has four Mondays in total--so, yes, we can do this!

Our TGIM Reflection for today comes from one of my Pinterest boards. (Incidentally, feel free to follow any of my boards that interest you.)


Father, I pray my child thinks about what is true, noble, and right today.

That prayer actually comes from Philippians 4:8, which says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (KJV)

Today, take an extra moment to pray this prayer for your child (or children). It doesn't matter if your son or daughter is 5 or 35; he or she may not want to worry you or has other reasons for not speaking up if they're troubled in some way.

As we all know, the world is a much rougher place than when we were growing up. Say a special prayer for your precious loved ones, that they may focus on all that is right in their lives, all the blessings, and that God will minister to them today and lift them up.

And if you aren't a parent yourself, then a niece, nephew, student, or someone else's child could use your prayer. No prayer is ever wasted! Trust in God's power to move in your special young person's life.

Have a great Monday!



Monday, December 5, 2016

TGIM Reflection -- 12/5/2016

Welcome to a brand-new week!

Our TGIM Reflection for today is brought to us by Jesus, Himself:


"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." -- John 10:10


Interestingly, I had chosen a different reflection for today, but while studying the gospel of John, this was the scripture that stood out to me.

Not so surprisingly, this is the season of "abundance." This is the season of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the other catchy names that stores have to draw us in and pull out the plastic and "plata," as Cubans say, from our wallets. It's the season when the supermarkets are as full as our pantries and fridges. There's lots of abundance out there at this time of year.

But there is plenty of lack, too, as we all know. Besides people who don't have much money for their kids' presents or even a bed to lie in, there are those who are struggling in other ways. Perhaps having lost a loved one or having gone through a painful divorce, or another difficult trial.

Today reflect upon Jesus' promise to us--a promise for the abundant life that only He can give. An abundance that can reach past tears and sadness, that brings peace and comfort. He came specifically to bring us not just life, but a life that if full of hope and promises from the One who never breaks His promises.

There is nothing we can do to deserve that abundance; it is a gift from His hand. All we have to do is accept it, with a grateful heart. It can't be found in the stores. It is paid for not with earthly money but with the shed blood of a Risen Savior.

True abundance that doesn't depend upon our credit score or our status in life or our circumstances. True abundance that is a gift from the Good Shepherd. Jesus has already won it for us.

Have a blessed Monday, sisters!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Blaze of Glory -- INTRODUCTION

Welcome to our study, Blaze of Glory! I'm very happy to be sharing it with you as something the Lord put upon my heart to demonstrate through His Word. Pull up a chair, grab some coffee, tea (or since our theme for this study, partly, is the American cowboy, and there's one cowgirl in that picture to the left, too!), some sasparilla. Root beer is probably easier to find. Anyway, get comfortable, have your Bible ready, and let's start!

First, let's define the idiom "a blaze of glory." Some years ago there was a song by Bon Jovi with that title, which was the theme song for the movie, Young Guns 2. The term is defined as "a spectacular downfall," or, the definition which applies to our study, "to refuse to surrender to the enemy, to die fighting."

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, puts it much more eloquently with these words:


Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, TO STAND." -- Ephesians 6:13 NIV

That sounds like the same thing as our definition: To put on the whole armor of God without thought of surrendering, but rather to fight until the end.

Before we go on, let's state one Biblical fact, and that is that there is nothing the devil would like more than to see us, as believers, give up. He lives for that, for us to throw down our weapons and stop fighting. The late David Wilkerson of New York's Time Square Church said in his great sermon, A Call to Anguish, "That's all the devil wants to do is get the fight out of you and kill it, so you won't labor in prayer anymore. You won't weep before God anymore."

Further in that same sermon, Pastor Wilkerson spoke about that fight: "It is only what is accomplished by the Holy Spirit when you obey Him and take on His heart. Build the walls around your family. Build the walls around your own heart. Make you strong and impregnable against the Enemy. God, that's what we desire."

What are our weapons? Whether we're well acquainted with this passage from Ephesians 6 or this is new to you, let's review those weapons of warfare...all God-issued to us, as His soldiers.


  • Stand therefore, having your loins girl about with TRUTH, and
  • Having on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS; and
  • Your feet shod with the preparation of the GOSPEL OF PEACE
  • Above all, taking the shield of FAITH, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked
  • And take the helmet of SALVATION,and
  • The Sword of the SPIRIT, which is THE WORD OF GOD,
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Ephesians 6:14-18, KJV


Is that not awesome? But, wait--that doesn't totally fit the world's picture of the Church,..does it? The Enemy likes the depiction that the world holds onto. That spirit of the world that says, "It's okay to be a Christian, but just keep it to yourself, okay? Sing, have church dinners, love, love, love! But don't mention Jesus around people because you don't want to be offensive. Be mild and quiet, keep the Bible hidden."

That's a spirit that is contrary to all that we're told in scripture, contrary to what the Lord Jesus Christ taught and died for.

If you listen to the world, Christians aren't supposed to be cowboys. We're surely not supposed to be soldiers. You should hardly hear a peep out of us. We're not to make waves. Ever.

Their depiction of Jesus is about the same. If you buy the world's version of Jesus, He was a hippie of 2,000 years ago who did "cool stuff" like turning water into wine, healing the sick, more love, love, love than the Beatles sing about, and oh, so sorry, He was killed and died young.

Over the course of this study, we'll take a look at the Jesus of the Bible. Satan tried to get Him to surrender, too--and the devil lost that fight miserably.

We'll also take a look at the tough guys--and the tough ladies, because they're in there, too--of both the Old and New Testatments. You would've heard more than a peep out of them. Those people made some noise. And, oh, yeah, they made some waves, too.

All of whom risked something. Faith cost them dearly, often their earthly lives. People who were anything but passive and retiring. None who surrendered, who fought "the good fight" with valor and to God's glory until the end.

Still with me? I hope so! If you are, below is the reading for this part of the study. Read it, study it, meditate on it.

Luke 4:1-13


And we will meet again here for Part I of Blaze of Glory!

To read or review Part I of Blaze of Glory, click here.