Have you ever wanted to visit the seven churches of The Revelation, the marble city of Ephesus, or follow Paul’s journeys? These sites are all located in what used to be known as Asia Minor, but which are in today’s country of Turkey.

I spent five months in Adana, Turkey on the Incirlik Air Base there. During that time, I visited many exotic places in that amazing land from the exotic city of Istanbul to the gorgeous seacoast towns of Antalya and Alanya. A person need only drive a mile or two before bumping into an archa

Shadow of the Dagger by Anne Greene

Shadow of the Dagger by Anne Greene

eological site left from the time of Alexander the Great or the Crusaders. Some small villages, with their flat-roofed dwellings, flocks of sheep, and outdoor ovens for baking bread and kilns for pottery, look as if they sprang straight from the pages of the Bible

I fell in love with Turkey. Being a writer, I felt compelled to write a book with the sights and sounds of Turkey as minor characters. My book, Shadow of the Dagger, takes you on a suspense- filled adventure that ends in one of the ruined crusader castles. Shadow of the Dagger is the first book in my CIA Operatives series.

Three people are murdered and one kidnapped to find the solution to a priceless treasure map. As Nicole Phillips seeks to find her kidnapped brother, she doesn’t know whom to trust. No one is who they appear to be.

All is deception.

To bring his brother’s murderer to justice, CIA Intel Analyst, Josh Baruch, lays his life on the line. Can he walk the tightrope between obeying the killers’ instructions and bringing them to justice?

Because Nicole’s husband died in a mysterious plane crash, she fears falling in love again with a reckless, danger-loving type like her late husband. Josh Baruch, the CIA Analyst using her as bait to track her brother’s kidnapper, is just such a risk-taking man. Besides living on the edge, Josh is bitter about women and questions God. My book is available at: www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com

For the trip of your life, I highly recommend visiting Turkey.

Here’s a picture of me and the ruined castle, which is one I explored in Turkey. The castle appeared in my book, Shadow of the Dagger. Come explore the castle inside the pages of my book.

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Anne Greene

Anne Greene

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines.  Anne hopes her books transport the reader to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Read More about Anne at www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com.

 

 

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When I reflect on what Christmas is meant to be, one word rises to the surface of my mind: love.

From decorating the fragrant tree to baking cookies that fill the house with scent of cinnamon and spice, to handing out mugs of hot chocolate—each action is filled with love.

Baking cookies reminds me of happy times spent in the kitchen with my children, all covered in flour, cookie-dough prints on aprons, and delighted grins on youthful faces. These experiences fill me with joy.

Christmas is a time to connect with family, friends, and neighbors. I love to hostess a neighborhood cookie exchange to meet new neighbors and get chummier with others I haven’t spent enough time with.

People experience love giving and receiving in different ways. Gary Chapman discussed in his book, The 5 Love Languages, ways we give and receive love: words of affirmation, receiving gifts, acts of service, physical touch, and quality time.

I puzzled out what I eagerly give and receive as acknowledgements of love. I appreciate words of praise, I like receiving gifts, I enjoy physical touch, and I’m thankful for acts of service.

But to make me glow with love, both giving and receiving, I crave the companionship of those I love and wish to show my love for. I’m a quality-of-time person. I would rather shop with a loved one than for a loved one. I’d prefer to dine with a loved one than receive a gift. Time spent with someone I love is the end-all for me.

But because quality of time spent together is the vitally important way to show and receive love for me does not mean my husband shares this trait. So, in giving love this Christmas season, my goal is discovering which of the five love languages my own loved ones need.

Who needs words of praise? Who needs tokens of love—gifts? Who needs to have hugs and hands held? Who needs me to give them help, acts of service? And who needs to spend quality time with me?

I want to put my love into action in the way that the person on the receiving end gains the most joy.

Anne Greene lives in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, a retired Colonel, Army Special Forces. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Whether writing contemporary or historical, her books celebrate the abundant life Jesus gives. Her novellas include Avoiding the Mistletoe, Keara’s Escape, Daredevils, Spur on the Moment Bride, A Christmas Belle, The Marriage Broker and the Mortician, A Fool for Love, A Groom for Christmas, and A Texas Christmas Mystery. Her Women of Courage series spotlights heroic women of World War II. Her award-winning Scottish historical romances include Masquerade Marriage and Marriage by Arrangement.

 

 

 

 

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