Often times when we are on the cell phone or having a conversation in a public place, we become oblivious to others within listening range.  At a restaurant, I was helping a fellow author friend plot her novel. She had reached a stagmire in the plot, basically dug a whole for her protagonist that she couldn’t climb out of.  It involved a murder.

As we brainstormed the crime, I  glanced over her shoulder to the next booth where an elderly woman appeared wide-eyed and nervous. She quickly glanced way when our gazes locked.  Sensing her angst, I slipped out of the booth, handed her my bookmark, and whispered, “It’s okay. We are authors.”

Her shoulders relaxed as a smile crept onto her lips. I winked and went back to my table confident our conversation no longer gave her indigestion.

Julie B Cosgrove

Author of the award winning Bunco Biddies Mysteries 

 

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If hacking hasn’t happened to you, it will.

Hackers are on the rampage. Facebook posts, emails, tweets are compromised. “Share” posts contain hidden lewd images. Links illegally access your profile. Banks, hospitals, even government entities are not immune. It seems there is no firewall strong enough.

Our souls are not immune to being hacked. Call him what you will…the devil, the evil one, Satan, the father of lies. Trust me, as soon as you begin to do God’s will, this hacker will show up. Big time!

Satan knows the places where our “firewall” is the weakest. He wiggles in with a negative suggestion and clouds our positive viewpoint. God didn’t mean for you to take this on. Everyone does it. That verse doesn’t pertain to today. God will never forgive you.

Soon, like a virus, it begins to affect our thoughts and actions, even our prayers or desire to pray. Step by step, we become more and more vulnerable to his fiery wiles.

Where is your spiritual firewall the most vulnerable? How can you make sure your soul is unhack-able?

Paul shared the algorithm two millennia ago. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12). Prayer is the best defense against becoming compromised. Scripture is the best method to detect hacked messages.

A joy-filled attitude that knows without a doubt God is faithful and true and loves you is the best way to have uninterrupted power.

Julie Cosgrove

Julie Cosgrove is an editor and writer for Cru Canada’s internet ministry, Power to Change. Her income, like any missionary’s, is dependent upon prayer and financial partners. She is also a professional speaker and a multiple award-winning author of ten novels with four more under contract.

 

 

 

 

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Hi there, Canners! Take a look at this retreat opportunity, writer’s conference, and a new series to anticipate!

Yvonne Ortega

From Author Ynonne Ortega: Registration has begun for the Moving from Broken to Beautiful® Women’s Retreat October 19–21 at the Springhill Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront. All rooms are oceanfront, and so is the conference room. Great prices for the room and registration. Go to www.yvonneortega.com/store/

Also, Yvonne has a TV interview on NiteLine on February 28 and one on Time for Hope on March 1, 2018. She hopes to see a lot of SC friends at that time.

Sounds like some fun opportunities if you live in the Virginia or South Carolina areas!

 

 

Julie B. Cosgrove is under contract with Write Integrity Press for a new cozy mystery series, the Relatively Seeking

Julie Costrove

Julie Cosgrove

Mysteries.

Three thirty-something women, inspired by the begats in the first chapter of Matthew, begin to research geneaology branches…and uncover skeletons in a few ancestoral closets.

Book #1 One Leaf Too Many

Book #2 Fallen Leaf

Book #3 Leaf It Alone.

Congrats, Julie! This sounds like a fun series!

The second annual SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference is coming up June 21-23 at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Writers of every genre and stage will find community and a place to grow. Learn about the publishing industry from veteran authors, editors, and agents. Hone your craft and develop a deeper understanding of what makes a best-selling novel or nonfiction book. And find a haven of spiritual refreshment that will reignite the passion in your soul that tells you this is the story our Storyteller has put on your heart. Be reminded that with Him, your words can touch lives. https://socalcwc.com

Put this conference on your calendar!

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Tomorrow, January 6th, the western Church celebrates the season of Epiphany which begins with the Magi bringing gifts to the Baby Jesus. The Eastern or Orthodox churches celebrate the day after sunset as the beginning of their Christmas because of the Gregorian calendar. Their gift giving coincides with the Magi’s.

 

When a friend’s child was two years old, she stood in front of the present-crowded tree and sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus. How surprised she was to find out the presents weren’t for Him!

 


Julie B Cosgrove is an award-winning author and also a faith-based freelance writer who writes devotionals for several publications and websites. She is an editor and  writer for the digital ministry Power to Change, sponsored by Cru Canada and is supported by prayer and financial partners.  Visit her website www.juliebcosgrove.com to learn about her ministry and preview her books.

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Threes, Sixes & Thieves

Julie B Cosgrove

Prism/Pelican Book Group

ISBN-13: 978-1522397540

 

Today, the third book in the Bunco Biddies Mystery Series releases.

When thieves target homes in Sunset Acres, the Bunco Biddies help the police nab the thief!
But in the mayhem, no one knows who the arresting officer was…
or where he is.
A new mystery to solve!

Threes, Sixes & Thieves once again finds Janie Manson, the widow of a renowned police detective who lives in the retirement community of Sunset Acres, rallies her Bunco playing friends to help stop crime.

Sunset Acres is located on the outskirts of Alamoville, a small town which is growing by leaps and bounds as people escape the stress of big city life. Unfortunately crime comes with the urban flight. Janie’s son-in-law is now the Chief Detective of an over-taxed and understaffed police force and she wants him to be able to go on vacation with her daughter and grandkids. Besides, she and her Bunco playing fellow residents know more about their community that the cops do.

The first book, Dumpster Dicing, recently won Best Cozy Mystery 2017 by the Texas Association of Authors.  Baby Bunco followed it, and a fourth book, Until Dice Do Us Part, launches in 2018.

Explaining how the title came about, author Julie B Cosgrove says that in the game of Bunco, whoever roles three sixes ends the game. However, naming a faith-based book The Three Sixes didn’t exactly sit well with her publisher. So they came up with the current title.

All of the book titles have a Bunco dice theme. Afterall, sleuthing can get dicey!

 


Julie Costrove

Julie Cosgrove

Freelance writer, award-winning author and professional speaker Julie B. Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for Light from the Word, Faith-filled Family Magazine, Thoughts About God, Life.com, Good News Daily,  and The Journey and is on staff with Campus Crusades of Canada’s Power to Change digital ministry as editor and writer. Their websites help to lead people to know Christ, one mouse click at a time.

Julie has published three Bible studies, a devotional, two inspirational guides, and has twelve faith-based fiction novels published with four more contracted. All can be previewed on her website.

Awarded one of the 50 Writers You Should Be Reading by the Author’s Show in 2015 and 2016, and Best Religious Fiction 2016, Best Cozy Mystery 2017 by Texas Ass’n of Authors, Julie is a member the American Christian Fiction Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Christian Authors’ Network.

Julie is widowed and lives in Fort Worth, Texas where she is involved in mission funding, women’s ministries, and servant to two house cats. She is mystery aficionado—especially  British ones—and loves word games.                       

Visit her blog: Where Did You Find God Today?  http://wheredidyoufindgodtoday.com

Website:  www.juliebcosgrove.com

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

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Twitter @JulieBCosgrove

 

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