Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Happy Birthday, Little Guy!

Happy Birthday, Little Guy!

I can't believe you are 11 years old.   Yet when I look at you I realize that my "baby" is turning into a young man more each day.   You are a mere inches from being as tall as I am.   Your feet are much bigger than mine (you wear a men's size 8 now).    With all of your CrossFit workouts you are giving your Dad and brother a run for their money in wrestling matches.   I love that you are so adventurous.    You are not afraid to try new things.    You asked for things for your birthday to fuel your adventurous side.   

Once again a hurricane has arrived for your birthday.   This year is Isaac.   Thankfully not as big as Katrina, but still making an impact.    We have always known not to plan a beach vacation around your birthday because a hurricane ALWAYS arrives on your birthday, doesn't it? 



Your favorites on your 11th birthday...
Favorite color:   blue
Favorite food:   caesar salad
Best friend:   Jessica Hamer
Favorite television show:  Chopped
Favorite book:   Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Favorite subject:   art
Favorite hobby:   drawing
Favorite sport:  ultimate frisbee
Favorite drink:  coke zero
Favorite chip:   Sun chips
Favorite dessert:  frozen yogurt
Favorite band:   For King And Country/Family Force 5
Favorite Bible verse:   "Let your light shine before men so that they can see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."  Matthew 5:16

Shine on, my sweet precious boy!   We love you!






A Duke's Promise

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Duke's Promise
B&H Books (September 1, 2012)
by
Jamie Carie


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

As Jamie’s relationship with God grew, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. (And she sang them too!) After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. While she homeschooled she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for school and church.
When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.

Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in her head for a long time, so the story went fast.
Ten years later Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, was a National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career.

Jamie and her husband Tony have been married for twenty-one years and live in Indianapolis with their three sons and a giant of a dog named Leo.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”

ABOUT THE BOOK

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen -- Italy and the marble caves of Carrara -- but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.

Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other -- a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Duke's Promise, go HERE.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Picky Eater?

I have never considered myself a picky eater, but lately I have discovered more and more things I do not like.    Is it kind of strange that my palette has become more discerning as I have gotten older?



1.    Pumpkin.   This is the time of year that everything smells and tastes like pumpkin.   Ewww!

2.    Nutella.    Every other recipe I see lately features Nutella.   I couldn't figure out why I didn't like this until I realized the main ingredient for this was hazlenuts.   

3.  Hazlenuts.  Obviously, I don't like this.  And I do not like my coffee to have a nutty flavor either. 

4.  Quinoa.   So far I have not eaten it and enjoyed it.   Is it "gross" to me?  Not really, but not worth wasting my time eating it either.


5.  Coconut.   The big trend right now is coconut and coconut oil.   My husband bought granola bars the other day and I took a bite and could tell immediately that it had coconut oil in it.   He argued with me until I forced him to get the wrapper out of the trash and read the ingredients.   It may be healthy, but I do not like the taste of coconut.


6.   Peanuts and peanut butter.   This is a tricky one.   I don't mind the taste of peanut butter.   It is the smell.  Smelling peanuts or peanut butter makes my stomach turn.   This is a recent development for me.   


Don't ask why I shared all of that.  It just occurred to me today that I have developed a lot of pickiness about food over the last few years and to my knowledge I have never had such aversions (with the exception of coconut which I have always hated!).


Do you have foods which you hate eating?

I Am Gabriel

I Am Gabriel

Release Date:  August 28th

Cast of Characters

  • Dean Cain … Sheriff Brody
  • Gavin Casalegno … Gabriel
  • Elise Baughman … Ellen Murphy
  • Carey Scott … Joe Murphy
  • Jenn Gotzon … Monroe
  • John Schneider … Doc
  • Mike Norris … Chad Smith
  • Rebekah Kennedy … Camrynn Ford
  • Joe Berryman … Pastor Ford
  • Rebekah Turner … Tonya Ford
  • Lynette Elliot … Karen Smith
  • Stephanie Peterson … Kelly Wall
  • Greta Norris … Lucy Wall
  • Mary Wheat … Hannah
An unforgiving sun, a parched earth, and a failed economy have left a small Texas town desolate. For ten years Promise, Texas has known nothing but one curse after another. It’s barren, broken, and dying, leaving a town full of despair. When a couple finds a boy walking along a dusty road, alone in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but a mat tucked under his arm, they pick him up in hopes of helping him. What they don’t realize is that he has come to help them and the residents of Promise.

No one knows who he is or where he came from. Some think he’s an answer to prayer. Others think he’s a runaway or a false prophet. And the only thing this boy will say about himself is that he’s here to help. The town’s sheriff, Brody, is determined to uncover the truth. But Brody has his own problems…trying to hold a dying town together.

Miracle after miracle takes place and the residents of Promise embrace the boy. But when the beloved town doctor dies, it is time for the truth to be revealed. The boy pleads with Brody in front of the whole town to believe that he’s come to help, not to hurt anyone. Finally, with his back against the wall the boy reveals his true identity.

Review


I was asked to do a pre-release screening of the movie "I am Gabriel".   I had no idea what it was about other than the small synopsis which they sent me. I put together a focus group of people to help me preview the movie.  Their ages ranged from 10 to 50.  I am going to list some of the pro's and con's that they listed after watching the movie.

Pro's 

Outside of the little boy who played Gabriel, the acting was pretty good.  

There was a lot of emphasis on turning to God to prayer for the solutions in your life.

Loved seeing the sign change from the beginning to the end.

Great to watch a movie without cussing and all the disturbing things you normally see on television or other movies.  


A lot of people could relate to the the theme "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

Con's

The production value was so-so although it was what I expected from a Christian production.

Do you really think angels sit down on prayer mats?    Are prayer mats even required to enter into God's presence?  That seemed like such a nod to Mormonism or Islam. 

Not one time was the name of Jesus mentioned.   When leading the newspaper man to God, he never once offered him the plan of salvation.   He just said God had a gift.    It was very empty.

End thoughts...
While the movie started off kind of slow, it was an easy to movie to watch with our bunch of friends and a big bowl of popcorn.   We don't feel it was theologically sound or something that we would want to show to a group of non-believers.   It fit more into the "feel good" category.   However, it led to a great group discussion afterwards and in the end we had a good night of friendship discussing the true source of hope in our life -- Jesus Christ.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this movie for free in order to conduct this review. However, I'm not under any obligation to write a positive review in exchange for the movie.


Living in Harmony

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Living in Harmony
Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2012)
by
Mary Ellis


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Mary Ellis is the author of many books, including A Widow's Hope,
Sarah's Christmas Miracle, and A Marriage for Meghan. She and her
husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

She was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards for A Widow's Hope in
2010, and the 3inner of the Award of Merit in the Holt Medallion Awards
for A Widow's Hope in 2010.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Living in Harmony is the first book in bestselling author Mary Ellis's New Beginnings series. It's about fresh starts and love...and how faith in God and His perfect plan for our lives provides us with the peace and joy we desire.

Amy King--young, engaged, and Amish--faces difficult challenges in her life when she suddenly loses both of her parents in a house fire. Her fiancé, John Detweiler, persuades her and her sister Nora to leave Lancaster County and make a new beginning with him in Harmony, Maine, where he has relatives who can help the women in their time of need.

John's brother Thomas and sister-in-law Sally readily open their home to the three newcomers. Wise beyond his years, Thomas, a minister in the district, refuses to marry Amy and John upon their arrival, suggesting instead a period of adjustment and counseling.

During this time Amy discovers an aunt who was shunned. She wishes to reconnect with her, but this puts a strain on her relationship with John.

Can John and Amy find a way to live in happily in Harmony before making a lifetime commitment to one another?

Watch the book trailer for Living in Harmony:



If you would like to read the first chapter of Living in Harmony, go HERE.

Little Guy's Father/Son Weekend

Hubs and Little Guy packed up the car and head out yesterday for their Father/Son weekend.   They were both so excited about this time together.   Saturday was also hubs birthday and Wednesday is Little Guy's birthday, so they thought it was awesome that they got to have time together celebrating just the two of them.

A trip to the Blue Bayou water park...



Supper with our nephew, Jared, and his sweet fiance, Jennifer.  


A QUICK trip by the LSU campus.  



Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Face of Heaven

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Face of Heaven
Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2012)
by
Murray Pura


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Murray Pura was born and raised in Manitoba, just north of Minnesota and the Dakotas. He has published several novels and short story collections in Canada, and has been short-listed for a number of awards. His first books to be published in the United States are the inspirational works Rooted and Streams (both by Zondervan in 2010). His first novel to debut in the USA is A Bride’s Flight from Virginia City, Montana (Barbour), which was released January 2012. The second, The Wings of Morning, will be published by Harvest House on February 1. Both of these novels center around the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

ABOUT THE BOOK


In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family's barn. When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colony

Nathaniel enlists in what will become the famous Iron Brigade of the Union Army. Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse on the battlefield, sticking close to Nathaniel as they both witness the horrors of war--including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Despite the pair's heroic sacrifices, the Amish only see that Lyndel and Nathaniel have become part of the war effort, and both are banished.

And a severe battle wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel's life. Lyndel must call upon her faith in God to endure the savage conflict and to face its painful aftermath, not knowing if Nathaniel is alive or dead. Will the momentous battle change her life forever, just as it will change the course of the war and the history of her country?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Face of Heaven, go HERE.

Book Review

I am going to be honest.   I have felt like the market was way too saturated with the Amish genre.   Anytime I have received one of these books I have been speed reading them and getting them done as quickly as possible.  Even my friend who likes to borrow my books doesn't take my Amish books because she is tired of so. many. Amish. books.

All that to say... this book had a tough road in my eyes.

HOWEVER...

This is a really good great book!

Plot... great!


Characters development.... complex!

Historical element....   factual and intriquing!

Christian thread that ties it all together....   Perfect!

If you have read many Amish books you know their stance on many things especially war.  They do not believe in taking up arms.   This is a major conflict in this book as the main characters, Lyndel and Nathaniel,  feel they must do something after two slaves are discovered in their barn trying to escape from their slave masters.    They are ultimately recaptured and one is hung on their property.   

Despite facing banishment, Lyndel and Nathaniel, follow God's leading.    Nothing they do is easy.   However, this is an amazing story of what God can do through someone who follows His will.  

Thanks to CFBA or providing a complimentary copy for the purposes of writing this review.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Sweethaven Homecoming

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Sweethaven Homecoming
Guideposts (August 2012)
by
Courtney Walsh


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Courtney Walsh is a published author, scrapbooking expert, theatre director and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was released in February, 2012 by Guideposts Books, and will be followed by two additional novels in the series. She has also written two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper and is currently working on her third, The Scrapcrafter’s Idea Book (F&W Publications, February, 2013.)

Courtney has been a contributing editor for Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum, newsletters and other publications. She has also written several full-length musicals, including her most recent, The Great American Tall Tales and Hercules for Christian Youth Theatre, Chicago. Courtney is a member of ACFW and is the current PR Manager for Webster’s Pages, a scrapbooking manufacturer. She lives in Colorado with her ultra creative husband and three children.



ABOUT THE BOOK



Suzanne's daughter, Campbell, journeys there in search of answers to her questions about her mother's history.

Suzanne's three friends-Lila, Jane, and Meghan-were torn apart by long-buried secrets and heartbreak. Though they haven't spoken in years, each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together in Sweethaven.Suzanne's letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers.

As the scrapbook reveals secrets one by one, old wounds are mended, lives are changed, and friendships are restored-just as Suzanne intended.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Sweethaven Homecoming, go HERE.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Aftermath

Growing in Grace Through Grief

Loss is a four-letter word that grips our hearts and gridlocks our lives. Grief can hold us captive until we surrender it to God. How do we find the necessary grace to journey through the mourning process?

Juxtaposed to the outpouring of her mother’s words about grief, the author shares her parallel journey from the emotional abyss of grief after becoming an adult orphan. With candor, the author shares her own emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—adding interactive options for readers.

Five sections cover these common emotions and provide:

• comfort Scripture lists

• counsel sections from grief experts

• chronicling sections with detailed helps

• tangible handles on dealing with grief during holidays, capturing loved ones’ legacy, and more.

About Margaret: 

Margaret McSweeney is a well-published author often writing online articles for Make It Better (the former North Shore Magazine) and freelance articles for the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. In addition, she has authored and compiled several books including A Mother’s Heart Knows; Go Back and Be Happy; Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace and most recently, Mother of Pearl.

Margaret has a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in international business. As is the founder of Pearl Girls, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs. Learn more about Margaret and the work of Pearl Girls at www.margaretmcsweeney.com.

To read other reviews of this book:  http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/13529019/margaretmcsweeney

Book Review

When I ripped open the package and this book fell out I was so mad I flung it across the car.  Great!  What
timing for this to arrive.   I am on my way to meet the funeral director to set up for visitation and this is the book that I pull out of my mailbox?   It feels like a cruel joke after losing such a precious friend in our lives. 

It was a week later when my husband was helping me de-clutter the car that he found this underneath a seat.  He brought it inside and wisely stuck it on my stack of books without a word.   He knew I would look at it when I was ready.    Was I going to be ready?   To deal with grief?     I have never been good at dealing with grief.    I am an expert at NOT dealing with it.

However, I knew that I had a responsibility to review this book so I reluctantly picked it up and read through pieces of it.   Immediately the Scripture soothes me.   That is enough for one day so I put it down.

The next day I pick it up and read a little more.   I find just a little more that gives me what I need to process and to give my son the words he needs to deal with his own grief.   

Day by day we have used this little book to hopefully teach my boys how to handle grief in a healthier way than I have. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Student Choir Party

We had a great back to school student choir party at Reunion Beach.     Building sandcastles, ultimate frisbee, football, eating hot dogs and hamburgers and having a good time.   The best part of any choir party is sitting around with a couple of guys with their guitars and singing praise songs.    What an awesome way to start student choir.   







Saturday, August 11, 2012

Boot Camp


Last night, Little Guy was initiated into middle school at church with "Boot Camp".   It a fun night that our youth pastor plans to introduce all the 6th graders and parents to what goes on in the youth group.    It also is a fun team building event that lets the 6th graders meet the rest of the middle school students.   They participate in a multiple event obstacle course where they must work as a team to complete it.  

If the grin that spread from ear to ear was any indication, Little Guy is very happy to be in middle school!











"Mom? Did YOU forget?"

Last night we had an event at church so by the time we got home it was already almost 9:00.    Hubs and I were engrossed in the Olympics (yes I am an Olympics addict).    All of a sudden I was really tired and realized that it was 11:45.   I decided I needed some sleep and headed towards my bedroom when Big Guy stopped me in the hallway.  

"Mom?  Are you going to bed?"

"Yes, sweetheart.  I am tired."

"But you can't go to bed.   We haven't had family prayers."

Oh... he was right. 

"Go get your brother and I'll get your Dad."

We met in the living room and Big Guy said, "Little Guy is sound asleep on his bed.   I think he fell asleep reading his book."

We had our family prayer time and I went to bed.

.....

Sitting on the couch this morning sipping on my first cup of morning coffee, a very groggy Little Guy walked in to the living room.

The first words out of his mouth?

"Mom?   We didn't have family prayers last night before I went to sleep."


Out of all the things we are trying to teach our boys and traditions we have tried to establish, I am so happy that our time of family prayer is one that is as important to them as it is to us.  

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tidewater Inn

Welcome to Hope Beach


Where the sea breeze is fresh, sun sparkles on sand . . . and trouble appears with the force of a hurricane. 


Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the seaward shore of Hope Island could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.

But Libby soon realizes that only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her newfound brothers and sisters are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, Libby’s under suspicion for the crime, and her handsome lieutenant clearly doubts her innocence.

Libby’s dream-come-true is becoming a nightmare. Can she find her friend and establish her innocence?

Must she sell Tidewater Inn and lose her family again? Or can she find a home for her heart on the beautiful shores of Hope Island?  

About the Author

Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com. Twitter @colleencoble.



Book Review

I have a best friend.   If I saw her get kidnapped I would go CRAZY!   I would be driving people crazy.   Knowing that fact really bugged me while reading the first part of this book.   I was yelling at this book.   Yes... yelling.      I wanted her to have a sense of urgency!   Bug people until they scoured every island looking for her friend.


Because of the fact that I got so frustrated with her for not doing those things I wound up not liking the book as much as I usually like one of Coble's books.    She is really one of my favorite authors, but in this one book I really wanted Libby to be aggressive!


Thanks so much to LitFuse for providing a complimentary copy of this book to me for review.

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Over The Edge

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Over The Edge
Bethany House (August 1, 2012)
by
Mary Connealy


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist.

Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie's Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she's one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he's never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he's gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever.

After the war, nearly dead from his injuries, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he's got a lot of excuses, but his wife isn't happy to find out Seth doesn't remember her. Callie has searched, prayed, and worried. Now she's come to the Kincaid family's ranch in Colorado to find her lost husband.

Callie isn't a long-suffering woman. Once she knows her husband is alive, she wants to kill him. She's not even close to forgiving him for abandoning her.

Then more trouble shows up in the form of a secret Seth's pa kept for years. The Kincaid brothers might lose their ranch if they can't sort things out. It's enough to drive a man insane--but somehow it's all making Seth see things more clearly. And now that he knows what he wants, no one better stand in his way.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Over The Edge, go HERE.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Chasing the Wind

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Chasing The Wind
B&H Books (August 1, 2012)
by
Pamela Ewen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Until recently retiring to write full time, Pamela Binnings Ewen was a partner in the Houston office of the international law firm of BakerBotts, L.L.P., specializing in corporate finance. She now lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband, James Lott.

She has served on the Board of Directors of Inprint, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting the literary arts in Houston, Texas, as well as the Advisory Board for The New Orleans Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans; Pamela is a co-founder of the Northshore Literary Society in the Greater New Orleans area. She is also a member of the National League of American Pen Women.

Pamela’s first novel, Walk Back The Cat (Broadman & Holman. May, 2006) is the story of an embittered and powerful clergyman who learns an ancient secret, confronting him with truth and a choice that may destroy him.


She is also the best-selling author of the acclaimed non-fiction book Faith On Trial, published by Broadman & Holman in 1999, currently in its third printing.

Although it was written for non-lawyers, Faith On Trial was also chosen as a text for a course on law and religion at Yale Law School in the Spring of 2000, along with The Case For Christ by Lee Stroble. Continuing the apologetics begun in Faith On Trial, Pamela also appears with Gary Habermas, Josh McDowell, Darrell Bock, Lee Stroble, and others in the film Jesus: Fact or Fiction, a Campus Crusade for Christ production.


Pamela is the latest writer to emerge from a Louisiana family recognized for its statistically improbable number of successful authors. A cousin, James Lee Burke, who won the Edgar Award, wrote about the common ancestral grandfathers in his Civil War novel White Dove At Morning.

Among other writers in the family are Andre Dubus (Best Picture Oscar nomination for The Bedroom; his son, Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog, a Best Picture Oscar nomination and an Oprah pick; Elizabeth Nell Dubus (the Cajun trilogy); and Alafair Burke, just starting out with the well received Samantha Kincaid mystery series.    

ABOUT THE BOOK

At 8:47 A.M. on Wednesday, October 12, 1977, new-to-town businessman Bingham Murdock flew his small plane into New Orleans, banking it in such a way that a ray of sunshine shot through the city at light speed.

Amalise Catoir saw the flash from her sixteenth floor law office window. Finally feeling alive after the death of her abusive husband, she imagined seeing the plane was a fate for her eyes only; a special connection between the unknown giver and she, the recipient of light.

But someone else saw it, a six-year-old Cambodian refugee in foster care for whom a sudden burst of brightness reminds him of artillery fire.

Destined to cross paths with the man and the child, Amalise doesn’t yet know the deeper spiritual lesson she will learn: that we are responsible not only for the things we do, but also for the things that we don’t.


If you would like to read an excerpt of Chasing The Wind, go HERE.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Wedded Bliss

Our "son" and "daughter" got married today.   That isn't as weird as it sounds.   We adopted two college students about three years ago and along the way they fell in love and today they got married.   

Their wedding was as beautiful and special as they are.    They had a foot washing as part of their ceremony to symbolize their willingness to serve each other.    Friends played guitar and violin as part of the pre-ceremony music.   Pews were decorated with wild flowers and framed photos of our sweet Daniel and Meagan while they were dating.    Everything was very relaxed and had a family atmosphere.    It was perfect and "so them".

We can't wait for the new Mr. and Mrs. to get home from their honeymoon so we can have the over for supper!