Sara’s Surprise

by Susan G Mathis

Genre: historical romance

Publisher: smWordWorks

ISBN-13: 978-1087235714

Released: October 20, 2019

About the book: 

Sara O’Neill, works as an assistant pastry chef at the magnificent Thousand Islands Crossmon Hotel where she meets precocious, lovable, seven-year-old Madison and her charming father and hotel manager, Sean Graham. But Jacque LaFleur, the pastry chef Sara works under, makes her dream job a nightmare.

Sean Graham has trouble keeping his mind off Sara and Madison out of mischief. Though he finds Sara captivating, he despises LaFleur and misreads Sara’s desire to learn from the pastry chef as affection. Can Sean learn to trust Sara and can she trust herself to be an instant mother?

 

Susan G Mathis

Susan G Mathis

About the author: 

Susan G Mathis is a multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Katelyn’s Choice, the first in The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, is available now, and book two, Devyn’s Dilemma, releases in April, 2020. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family LegacyChristmas Charity, and Sara’s Surprise are available now. Visit https://www.susangmathis.com/fiction-books for more.

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What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

In such a place, waiting for direction, I encouraged myself by reviewing the hard circumstances where God placed Moses. From the moment he appeared to him in a flaming bush, his life was never easy.

Go to Pharaoh? Lead the Israelites out of Egypt? Who, me?

After all his objections, Moses consented and set off on mission. Here’s the part of the Exodus story I love. God said to him:

  • I will be with you.
  • I will tell you what to say.
  • I will tell you what to do.

Moses didn’t have to worry about what to say to Pharaoh. God told him, “When Pharaoh says… you say…” In every confrontation that’s how he operated. He just spoke the words given him.

Our God never leads us to go on mission in our own wisdom and strength. In my waiting place, feeling inadequate and unsure of what to do or how I could do it, he whispered, “You don’t have to do it. I will.”

Encouraged by Moses’ experience, I went forward, trusting God to be with me, to tell me what to say, and to tell me what to do, expecting him to do what he had purposed. And he did.

Is he calling you for a special mission? Are you feeling inadequate and unsure about what to do?

Remember the mighty acts of God throughout history—he isn’t known for sponsoring failures—and go forward in total reliance on him.

“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion… I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only” (Psalm 71:1, 16).

Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s secretary of Christian Authors Network and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Visit www.diannebarker.com.

 

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Kathy Harris
Davalynn Spencer, Author

Davalynn Spencer

Thanks for stopping by the CAN blog. Davalynn Spencer here, and today I’m pleased to introduce author Kathy Harris and her featured book, Deadly Commitment.

Welcome, Kathy. Please give us a brief teaser for your book.

Danni Kemp fears she’s being stalked—but the truth is much more deadly.

Wow, what a great hook. Why did you write this book?

Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris

I wanted to convey the idea that all decisions have consequences, and some of those may even be deadly. In society today, it seems we often make commitments without fully counting the cost. I’m guilty of it too. It might be as simple as saying ‘yes’ to a request for our time when we want, or need, to say ‘no.’ Even worse, we sometimes make important, life-altering choices without thinking them through. It could be a spur-of-the-moment declaration that we’re quitting our job or dropping out of school. Or it might be the decision to marry without fully considering the consequences. Sometimes a hastily made decision works out, but it can also lead to regrets… And from that idea, a suspense plot was born. Read More →

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As I played with my two-year-old grandson in the backyard, a noise caught his attention, and he turned toward the street.

“Get back here,” I called. “You are naughty and going immediately into time out for the rest of your life. Now, think about what you’ve done, and how you will fix it!”

Are you scandalized by my response? Understandable.

But how often do we think God responds to our choices and messes in this angry fashion?  

Of course, I didn’t speak those soul-wounding words. I came alongside as he toddled in an unsafe direction. “Hey, buddy. Let’s go back where you’re safe.” He turned into my arms, I scooped him up, and in that instant, he was safe. I carried him to the protected yard where we laughed and played.

When my child explores beyond safe boundaries, makes unwise choices, and disobeys, I don’t demand she grovel, do penance, or humiliate herself to satisfy my displeasure. But I am overjoyed when she hears my voice and turns into my embrace. Then I carry her to safety.

Somehow, I believed asking God to forgive included groveling and muscling myself into alignment with God’s perfect will. I thought I had to prove authentic sorrow and sincere desire for forgiveness.

But forgiveness is something so free and inviting, I can’t wait to repent.

Like me, have you ever wandered, stomped off in anger, drifted away in heartbreak, and become lost from relationship with God? When I’ve made a mess of my choices, my life, my relationships, and with God, there is no way I can fix or polish my problems. I can’t find my way back on track to God.

Knowing I am incapable of securing salvation, God is near with arms open in invitation and welcome.

Like my grandson, who simply turned into my hug, I repent by turning into God’s embrace. In that instant, I am safe where I belong.

Homeless for the Holidays, by PeggySue Wells & Marsha Wright

Homeless for the Holidays, by PeggySue Wells & Marsha Wright

PeggySue Wells

PeggySue Wells

PeggySue Wells, history buff and island votary, is the best-selling author of 29 books including Chasing Sunrise and Homeless for the Holidays.

 

 

 

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Kimberley Woodhouse
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the honor of interviewing Kimberley Woodhouse, a fellow historical novelist. Kimberley’s novels have recently won the Carol Award in the novella category and the Reader’s Choice Award from RWA Faith, Hope, and Love in the short historical category! Kimberley is one of our newest CAN members, and I can’t wait for you to meet her! Welcome, Kimberley!

Please tell us about your new novel, The Express Bride.

Kimberley Woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse

The Wilderness is a great place to hide. Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station after her father’s death. On a quest to find his boss’s heir, Elijah Johnson passes through and her world is turned upside down. Caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities, can Jackie remain strong when secrets of the past are unearthed? Read More →

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