Christie & Cosmo in Vegas

Christie & Cosmo in Vegas

Miss Christie’s little black ears twitch at each note as morning birds serenade us. We start most mornings (God, weather, and coffee supply willing) in our treetop screened porch, nestled under blankets, Bible and journal nearby. Very soon, Miss Christie and I will begin our days from the pleasurable confines of Cosmo, my Class B RV.

The three of us are hitting the road on Memorial Day, heading to Oklahoma City, where we will reside in an RV lot for a ten-day horse show. The Amazing Miss Clara—my nine-year-old quarter horse mare, Jess, our trainer and several other dear friends will meet us there.  Anticipation has my arthritis flaring already and I am giddy as a schoolgirl in June.

After way too many weeks of COVID, Netflix, and Cheezits, I am beyond

Miss Clara

Miss Clara

ready for a road trip. And for the blood, sweat, tears, joy, and laughter of enjoying every second of my equine love affair. Few things make me happier than spending time with Clara. I know all of her little secrets, where she loves to be scratched, how best to brush her in all her favorite places. I know her smell, her nicker, and the feel of her body in any number of communication modes.

Just thinking about her makes me happy. As I was plotting my current novel, I wanted to throw in this kind of passionate love and demonstrate how it could morph into an addiction. For extra fun, I propelled the whole idea into the near future and asked how that addiction could be played out in VR (virtual reality). Having set the stage, I wondered what that addiction might look like at a fancy dinner party where my heroine finds herself a bit on the bored side. Cool things happen—but that’s a story for another day.

Interesting storylines come from everyday occasions. And from our best of friends—four-legged and otherwise.

Catherine Finger

Catherine Finger

Catherine Finger loves to dream, write, and tell stories. Her newest novel, Capsized by Death, is the fourth book in her award-winning Jo Oliver thriller series. She lives in the Midwest with a warm and wonderful combination of family and friends.

Catherine loves to interact with her readers at www.CatherineFinger.com

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Cynthia Simmons
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Hello from Colorado. Davalynn Spencer here, relishing the near-summer sunshine and welcoming author Cynthia L. Simmons today as she shares about her unique nonfiction release and how it could be a boon to parent-educators today.

Cynthia, tell us a little about your book.

Pursuing Gold: A History and Critical Thinking Curriculum goes with my mystery novel, Pursuing Gold. The book contains more historical information about the Civil War era and teaches critical thinking. It includes puzzles, activities, and deeper information on how money changed during the war between the states.

Cynthia Simmons

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Are you searching for just the right gift for a graduate in your life? Consider giving high-school or college grads something they will cherish for years to come—a “YOU Gift.” It’s free and it will make this season special. Here are five suggestions:

  • Express value. Graduates are under a lot of pressure. They’re adults now but they may not have every detail of their future in place. (We don’t either, right?) One way to encourage them is to tell them the positive qualities and skills you see in them. Resist offering advice but instead, affirm them. You just might guide them into the right path for study and career.
  • Ask them for advice. This is a very creative generation! They are thinkers and they are passionate and compassionate. They see life differently from older adults and have creative ways of solving problems.
  • Get healthy together. Take a walk or go to the gym together. Chat about healthy foods over dinner. If they get on a good health track now, chances are they’ll make good choices when they’re on their own.
  • Listen to them. They want to be heard. Ask for their opinions without interjecting your own. And you will learn too!
  • Pray for them. Studies show young adults believe in God, believe in heaven, and believe in prayer. Ask them how you can pray for them. And definitely pray they make good choices and follow God with their lives.
Janet McHenry

Janet McHenry

50 Life Lessons For Grads

Janet McHenry is the author of 24 books, including the bookstore bestselling 50 Life Lessons for Grads. A mom of four college grads and a former high school English teacher and academic advisor, she still keeps score at the home basketball games and loves hanging out with young people. More about her writing and speaking can be found at https://www.janetmchenry.com.

 

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Not only did I forget my cell phone the morning I had a newspaper stringer interview at Chik Fil A, I also failed to write down the gentleman’s name that I was supposed to interview. I knew the focus of my article – interview an 80-year-old community member who served as a chaplain for a large car dealership in the area.

Eighty-years-old and he meets participating employees every morning at 7:00 AM to share a devotion and prayertime, and I get so frazzled explaining schoolwork to my homeschooled teenagers that I dart out of the house without a phone and interview details.

I walked into the fast-food restaurant across the street from the mall shortly before nine and glanced around.

Oh, thank you, God, there’s only one customer here. That’s got to be him.

Already mentally rattled, I didn’t think through my first question. I approached his table and asked, “Are you here to meet someone?”  

The senior gentleman looked up at me, raised his eyebrows, pushed back from the table, put both hands up in the air in surrender-posture and exclaimed, “I’m not here to meet anyone!”

It was at that very moment that a gray-haired man stood up on the opposite side of the restaurant, from behind the partition that had previously blocked my view of him, and waved to me.

Sheepishly, I apologized for the confusion and walked over to meet Mr. Lingle.

And I have NEVER forgotten an interview subject’s name again.

 

365 Ways to Love

Journalist and author Julie Lavender is fascinated with others’ stories and has written about them in over 900 newspaper articles and a number of Guideposts Magazine articles, too. She is excited that her parenting book, 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories, published by Revell, releases in October. Connect with Julie on social media, and she promises to remember your name!

 

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Kathleen Rouser
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing novelist Kathleen Rouser. Kathleen says she’s a fan of the Three C’s—cats, coffee, and chocolate. I’ll join that fan club. And I think you’ll enjoy what Kathleen has to share with us!

Welcome, Kathleen! Please tell us about your novella, Flying into Love in the Love is in the Air anthology.

Kathleen Rouser

Kathleen Rouser

Unable to say no when others need her, Talia Sampson took on her deceased aunt’s advice column and the care of her special needs niece. Then new veteran, Ben Tanner, shows up unexpected on her doorstep. Hurt many times, he wonders where home is. Talia isn’t happy finding a hot-air balloon with him, but she treasures the old journal with it. Ben hopes restoring her family’s antique will please her, until he discovers a secret that shatters his trust. And Talia hates flying.

Will she trust God—and Ben—enough to go airborne? Read More →

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