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Building Relationships in the Crazy COVID Crisis

Building Relationships in the Crazy COVID Crisis

by Susan G Mathis

Communication is the lifeblood of any relationship; it will affect every aspect of your relationships. Good personal communication is the act of revealing yourself—your past experiences, present feelings, and future dreams. It’s sharing your fears, needs, and desires carefully and honestly. Communicating well is also about setting boundaries, confronting problems, admitting when you’re wrong, rejecting fearmongering and negativity, and extending grace to each other.
But in this crazy COVID season, it feels so isolating, so anti-relationship, and so self-withdrawing. In short, it’s scary. It’s confusing. It’s lonely. It makes us want to hide from others.
And it’s unhealthy.
When Adam and Eve sinned, they broke the communication they had with their Creator and caused isolation from Him. They covered up and hid. They withdrew, isolated, and lost relationship.
God never intended that. He knew that a life of withdrawing and hiding would be painful and counterproductive. That’s why God delights in His people fighting back fears of connection, overcoming negative communication patterns, and learning to communicate in healthy and loving ways. And I dare say, He still wants that for us, even during this COVID season.
Connecting, communicating, and not isolating might look a little different during this time. You may have to be proactive in connecting with others through Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, social media, or the phone. You may have to fight the isolation and the fear that comes with this COVID season. And you may have to proactively reveal yourself by communicating your fears, frustrations, concerns—and your faith.
In my latest novella, Reagan’s Reward, Reagan struggled to build healthy relationships and communicate with those different from her. She tried to isolate and fear overtook her. And she plunged into a dark place.
God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear. God wants us to encourage others. God wants us to be authentic and hopeful.
This will pass, and everything does. But God’s truths never change. Communicate that, and we’ll all be encouraged. And healthier for it.

Susan G. Mathis
Susan G. Mathis

Susan G Mathis is vice president of CAN and an award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Her first two books of The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, Devyn’s Dilemma and Katelyn’s Choice are available now, and she’s working on book three. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, and Sara’s Surprise are also available. Susan’s books have won numerous awards, including the Illumination Book Award, the American Fiction Award and the Indie Excellence Book Award. Visit www.SusanGMathis.com for more.

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Snowflake Tiara by Angela Breidenbach

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Snowflake Tiara Releasing Sep 1, 2014 is two Christmas romance books in one. Set in Helena, MT against the backdrop of Montana’s new statehood in 1889 & then at Montana’s 125th anniversary in 2014…What if you were caught doing good, but the man you loved didn’t see it that way.

Snowflake Tiara’s first novella, The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach ~ 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But if her hidden indentured orphan is discovered, Calista’s reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, could both unravel. Will love or law prevail?

ABOUT Angela: Angela Breidenbach is a captivating speaker, professional judge of 1000 books, She serves nationally as the Christian Author Network’s president, and hosts the radio show Lit Up on Toginet and Apple Podcasts where she picks the brains of industry experts to help creatives have a more lucrative career. With a volume of appearances on television, stage, and radio Angela loves to share her knowledge to build up others in the industry. Comedy by Writer & Muse can be found on social media and their blog, A-Muse-ings at  http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach
 

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My Journey to Publication & What I’ve Learned Along the Way

Hello from Pamela Meyers

I’ve been askedPam2011SmallChinFist to write a series of blogs about how my debut novel came to be and what was entailed in its ultimate publication last November. Especially how the conceptualization relates to marketing the book once it was published. Like a proud mama, I’m always pleased to talk about the birth of my baby. Isn’t that how we authors come to think of our stories, be it your very first novel, or your hundredth?

What better combination is there than a good romance coupled with a who-done-it mystery written cozy style? At least to my point of view, that’s always a dynamite combination. Since I was a girl, I loved reading mysteries. Think Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. As I grew into my teen years, I started reading romance stories. One of my favorites was called Geneva Summer, which was set in my home area of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I devoured that book, not only because it was fun to read a story set in places I knew well, but also because I couldn’t wait to see if the hero and heroine ended up together at the end. Of course they did, as all good romances go.

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CAN Book Feature: Christmas Homecoming by Elizabeth Ludwig

We’re still celebrating Christmas in September here, with the release today of Christmas Homecoming, which includes a story by CAN author Elizabeth Ludwig. 

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Christmas Homecoming

 

  • ISBN-10: 1602605645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602605640

 

Soar to new heights in this inspirational Christmas romance collection
where four females encounter love amid the Colorado Rockies. A widowed
grandmother, Carol Scheirer, is filled with angst, unsure that her family will accept the new man in her life. Wedding planner Noelle Evans wonders if the guy who once jilted her deserves a second chance. Old letters put writer Christmas Scheirer at odds with the guardian of her grandfather’s estate. Missionary Holly Rivers finds she still has feelings for the man she left behind. Will mistletoe missives result in more than one Boulder bride?

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CAN Book Feature: Christmas Love At Lake Tahoe and Wild West Christmas by Lena Nelson Dooley

 

It’s still summer, but get ready for some fun Christmas reading. Releasing today are two books with stories by CAN author Lena Nelson Dooley:

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Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe
Lena Nelson Dooley, Jeanie Smith Cash, Jean Kincaid, Jeri Odell
 
ISBN-10: 1602605637
ISBN-13: 978-1602605633
 
Love hits the slopes at Christmastime. Four young women, fresh out of college, pursue their careers at a new ski lodge at Lake Tahoe’s Incline Village. Bethany has a hard time focusing on her RN career when she meets a handsome paramedic. A man who takes chances on the slopes almost makes Scarlett lose her focus on planning things to the last detail. A rival seems to be undermining Stephanie’s efforts to develop a time share program at Snowbird Lodge. A widower and his daughter find a place in the heart of Michaela, even though she’s chosen a male-free existence.
 

Wild West Christmas

Wild West Christmas 
Kahtleen Y’Barbo, Lena Nelson Dooley, Vickie McDonough, Darlene Franklin
 
ISBN-10: 1602605661
ISBN-13: 978-1602605664
 
Four sisters are raised on a Texas ranch by their widowed father. Christmas courtships corral these women when a citified tenderfoot, a budding evangelist from a Wild West show, a part-Mexican horse wrangler, and a Texas Ranger ride into their lives.