Book Blast: The Missing Piece (Inspirational Love Story) by Carol McCormick – Plus $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Title: The Missing Piece (Inspirational Love Story)

By Carol McCormick

About the Book:

“Fresh dialogue, realistic characters, a powerful message,” The Romance Readers Connection

How does a man pick up the pieces when his world crashes around him? Misplaced priorities shattered his marriage. Problems almost crushed him. Love motivated him to mend the damage, once he found all the pieces.

After only a few months of marriage, Lorraine left Dylan on a wintry night after he’d spent one too many nights out with the guys. Unable to cope with the loss, Dylan escapes the painful feelings by drinking them away. This decision costs him a year-and-a-half of his life after he stops in a little mountain town and ends up in the local jail. When he’s released, he returns home in search of a job to get his life–and his wife back.

THE MISSING PIECE is not only a love story about a man who loves a woman, but is also a love story about a merciful God who loves mankind, even when he falls. The novel is an emotionally-charged journey of hope and redemption with a touch of spunk, a hint of humor, and a few twists along the way.

“Inspiring and encouraging. Anyone who desires a restoration to their spirit should read THE MISSING PIECE,” Myshelf.com

“A wonderful, heartwarming Christian romance. This is definitely a story that I recommend to all lovers of Christian romance,” Escape to Romance

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Carol McCormick
e77606749f110a7e9d9a7b.L._SX750_SY470_[1]Carol began writing years ago after reading a ten-page story her grandmother wrote about growing up in the early 1900s. It was then that she began to write down her own stories to share with her daughters someday.

Later, she began to write as a way to draw herself and other people closer to the Lord. Carol writes for Christians to encourage them in their faith. She also writes for those who are unaware of God’s grace, to show them how to connect to Him in order to experience His love and goodness. Her writing is applicable to life with its direct, yet sensitive, and oftentimes humorous messages and lessons.

Carol has been a speaker for Christian Women’s Connection (Stonecroft Ministries International) for over fifteen years. She is also an international bestselling author who has appeared on regional and Christian television programs and has been a guest on over fifty Christian and secular radio stations.

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What’s Your Donkey?

The other night we went to Mass in a different town.  The readings were about Jesus entering Jerusalem for the last time, riding on a donkey. I have to admit, I’ve heard that story many times but never had much cause to think about the donkey.

Now we have donkeys not far from us, and I can tell you those things can be loud and annoying if they want to be.  That’s really my only experience with donkeys, so I didn’t give the one Jesus rode much thought.  So this sermon was an eye-opener.

You see, donkeys were a lot like cars, pickups, and tractors all rolled into one back then.  A good donkey was a treasure that not many people owned.  If you had one, you could ride it, you could use it to haul things, and you could use it to plow up the land for planting.  In short, donkeys were very valuable.

In fact, the priest said they could be the equivalent of $50,000 in our society today.

So think about this for a second.  You have this nice, brand new car that you recently purchased for $50,000.  It is sitting in your driveway, and these two guys show up out of the blue and say, “We need your car.”

“Need my car?” you ask as if you know you haven’t heard them correctly.  “Why?”

“Because the Master needs it.”

HAHAHA!

You tell me, would you give them the keys and let them know there’s a full tank of gas in it?

See, the donkey in this story is not an insignificant detail like I’ve always thought.  That donkey represents our most prized possessions on this earth!

Are we willing to surrender our hard-earned possessions for God’s glory?  Are we willing to give the things we have worked so hard to obtain to Him when He asks, just because He asked?

And notice, Jesus didn’t Himself go to get the donkey, He sent His disciples.  So it might not be Jesus that shows up on your doorstep. It might be that deacon from down the street wondering if you could help them move some things on Saturday.  It could be that lady from the church asking if they can use your Crockpot for the benefit.

The question is:  are you allowing God to use your possessions for His glory?  Or do you hoard what you have, making sure you are the only one to gain benefit from it?  Do you willingly give up your greatest, most costly and prized treasures on this earth so that God’s glory can be revealed?

What’s your donkey?  And what are you doing with it?

Copyright Staci Stallings, 2012
Staci Stallings, the author of this article, is a #1 Best Selling author and the co-founder CrossReads.com a new website that gives Christian readers and authors a place to meet and fellowship. With a newsletter, a blog, a forum, and other exciting, inspiring areas to visit, CrossReads visitors can find fabulous Christian books they never knew existed.

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Times of Trial

By Cliff Ball

One Sunday morning, a few weeks after President Collins had nullified the election results, it was Laura’s turn to take care of the under three year olds in the nursery. The babies and toddlers were usually quiet, so Laura sometimes used the time to study for school while also listening to the church service over the radio system that had been set-up for anyone who was in the nursery. As she was studying, she heard a rumble, along with the sound of helicopters overhead, but there were no windows to look out of to see what was happening and she couldn’t leave the nursery, so she figured she’d wait until church was over to find out what had happened. She didn’t have to wait long.
In the auditorium, which had four hundred people seated in the pews, the choir was singing. An M-1 Abrams tank suddenly crashed through the front doors of the building and came into the auditorium, interrupting the singing, while two other tanks crashed through the east and west walls, with black clad soldiers walking into the auditorium from behind the tanks. The congregation was clearly frightened, but they had nowhere to run, and Pastor Fields got up from his chair, went to the podium, and asked, “What’s going on here?”
A man, who looked like he was in charge of this interruption, walked up the steps of the platform, walked over to Pastor Fields, and asked, “Pastor Matt Fields, I presume?”
“Yes. Who are you and what on Earth are doing by bringing tanks and soldiers in here?”
“Who I am is of no concern to you. We’re here to arrest all of you for being enemies of the state. We have busses outside waiting to take you to our holding facility. Go quietly and no one should get hurt. Not much anyway,”
“You can’t do this! This is a free country, we can worship as we please. What right do you have?”
“I can do this, and no, you are no longer free to worship as you please. Men, escort these people to the busses and sweep the campus to look for others to pick up. Pastor, will you go or will you resist?”
Fields looked at his congregation being forcibly led outside, prayed inwardly for the strength to do what he was about to do, and said, “I will not go. I resist your attempt at tyranny. If I die, I die free,”

About Cliff Ball:

Cliff Ball lives in Texas, born in Arizona, is a born again Christian. Has two BA’s, and a Certificate in Technical Communications. Has published eight novels and two short stories. Won third in high school for a short story written in Creative Writing class for a young adult magazine. Please visit his website at http://www.cliffball.net
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A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist

An excerpt from A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist, by
Sophronia Belle Lyon, available in plain http://amzn.to/W3iCNI (2.99)
and illustrated http://amzn.to/UwrXKs (4.99) ebook versions.

sophronia“My little vessel, sit down and let me eat this wonderful food and
I will tell you a story.” I pushed Kera down into a chair and settled
myself before the tray. “There was a man called Naaman, a mighty
warrior for a powerful king, who had leprosy. A little girl captured in
war served his wife, and told her about a prophet who could heal the
master if he would only go to her homeland.
“He went, and with him camel-loads of gold and garments to
reward the mighty prophet. He had gone first to the king of the land,
you see, thinking the possessor of such a mighty power must reside
in a palace. But the king tore his clothes and whined and could do
nothing. The prophet Elisha sent for Naaman to come to his home.
The mighty warrior came to a stop in front of what must have been a
disappointingly small house.
“Do you know that the prophet did not even come outside? He
sent a servant to tell him to wash seven times in the Jordan River and
be clean. What do you think was that great warrior’s response?”
“I would have been furious,” Kera exclaimed. “The man came
for healing, and the prophet did not even come to speak any words
of comfort to him? He sent a servant? Did the warrior go cut of his
head?”
“He certainly did get angry.” I suppressed a smile with
difficulty. “He told his servants he expected the prophet to come and
strike the spot of leprosy, and call on the name of his God. He said that
there were better rivers to wash in back home. What do you suppose
the servants said to him?”
“They reminded him that he could cut off the prophet’s head, I
hope.”
“They called him father, Kera, just as you have done before to
me, and asked him why, if he would be willing to do some great thing
if the prophet had asked, he was not willing to do a simple thing?
So he went, and washed. Imagine him, Kera, dipping once, twice,
thrice — and seeing no change. Four times, five times, six times — still
nothing. Do you not think his servants had to urge him to keep doing
it, saying, ‘Just once more, my father, please, just once more!’ ”
“So he did this simple thing, and the leprosy was healed?”

“It was. The Scriptures say his skin became like that of a little
child.”
“These are the words of our God? Well, then, that explains it. So
what you did was tell little Twist words of God, and they healed him.
It was not anything you did at all.”
I finally allowed myself to laugh. “Yes, little vessel, that’s exactly
how it was.”

Sophronia Belle Lyon grew up in the Catskill Mountains ofimages
upstate New York, reading HG Welles, Jules Verne and other classics.
She dressed up and acted out scenes with friends much like Louisa
May Alcott’s beloved “Little Women,” and got to be a cauldron spirit
in Macbeth in fourth grade. She traveled to Italy by way of Iceland
and Luxembourg. She’s taken apart her share of clocks to study the
gearworks and feels well-prepared to enter the Steampunk genre.
Hundreds of cat friends informed her about Bagheera’s attitudes and
manners. Oliver Twist’s oblivious, eccentric habits came from the
Science-absorbed men in her life, and her love for weapons translated
into the well-armed members of the Alexander Legacy Company. She
travels widely, shoots when she can, collects swords and knives, but is
so far too shy to be photographed.

The Alexander Legacy series melds some better and lesser-
known characters of classic literary fiction: A literary dream team of
crime fighters including nods to Dickens, Stevenson, Alcott, Austen,
Kipling, Doyle, and other writers across the pond, with plenty of

homages to great books sprinkled throughout. Prowl the foggy London
streets on the track of a ruthless enslaver of souls. Travel the Thames
in a Giant Catfish. Soar over London in a stealth glider, and witness
true redemptions and restorations no one ever imagined.

Book Two, The ‘Pprentices, the Puppets, and the Pirate, should
be out in January or February of 2013. Oliver Twist faces down a
tentacled monster at Nancy House. Pinocchio and his Blue Fairy
mama search for the secret to true immortality and rebirth. Will Long
John Silver risk his stealth airship, the Petite Papillion, to go in search
of the energy source known as The Black Spot?

Please visit Findley Family Video’s blog at http://
elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com to see this title and many more.

Coming Soon: Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult

By Ada Brownell

On January 15th Christian Author Ada Brownell releases her new book: Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult. Do you want to know more about this new book.

Let’s hear more about this book…

Joe the dreamer coverNew teen novel, Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, a mystery combined with biblical events and spiritual encouragement. When Joe’s parents disappear, he becomes the target of the radicals that enslave them and his fate could be worse than death.

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Here are some random excerpts from the book by the author, A.B. Brownell         

CHAPTER ONE: The doorbell echoed. Penny let out another scream and Hefley’s bark vibrated through the house. Paralyzing heat flooded Joe. On legs like gelatin, he trotted to the entry and looked out the peep hole. The man who had glared through the window now stood on the porch, pushing the doorbell over and over.

CHAPTER TWO: When Joe slipped into the sheets on Pete’s bed, he admitted to himself something happened to his parents. His guts twisted as he tried to pray. The song he played rang in his mind. Does Jesus love us? How could God allow something to happen to Mom and Dad?

CHAPTER THREE: With his flashlight, Joe read the story of Joseph from Genesis 37 to 50, and even though he was under the blanket, he shook his head several times at the disturbing things God had allowed the young man to go through.

Sleep finally came, and Joe found himself inside Joseph’s skin, trudging through the rocky hills following his father’s order to check on his brothers where they herded sheep. Joe’s colorful coat flapped in the warm breeze as he hiked. Dread slowed his footsteps. He knew his brothers didn’t like him much.

CHAPTER TEN: Joe’s heart jerked like a kite in a stiff wind, fearing to create conflict with his uncle, but he asked anyway. “Have you ever done a news story on Sir Henry’s castle?”

Faulkner looked at the remote. “We did when he started building. There’s a new owner. It’s some tax-free corporation.”

“Is that why they’re using prisoners to build the wall? Why did Sir Henry sell it?”

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: “The word on the street is somethin’ weird is going on at Sir Henry’s Castle.” Centipede’s bony hand shoved back his stringy hair. “We were going on that there natural water slide in the mountains and decided to take a peek at the castle. It looks like they have prisoners workin’ on that rich ol’ dude’s wall.”

Joe’s heart thumped. “What made you think the workers are prisoners?”

“They wear house arrest bracelets on their ankles like my pa used to wear, and they looked totally abused. A guard with a gun is always with ‘em.”

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: The next day at school, Joe tried to listen to his teachers, but he kept thinking about how Dr. Zogg might put him into a mental hospital.

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE “A few minutes later, Joe sat in the dayroom with the other teens. Kurt, a freckled-faced blond boy, stared at Joe. “What’d you do to get in here?”

I read my Bible a lot… and dreamed about it.” Joe was having a hard time getting his brain to work with his mouth. He figured it was the medicine.

The boy howled. “Is that all?” One boy slapped his leg and laughed hysterically. Two girls looked and each other and giggled.

“Zack here did in both his freakin’ parents.” A curly-haired boy covered with pimples jabbed the youth next to him on the shoulder.

“Well, you cut yourself all up,” said the rough looking guy beside Joe. From the hatred and anger shooting from his eyes, Joe assumed he was Zack.

CHAPTER FORTY-THREE: (After Joe escapes from the mental hospital) “Kill!” the big guard yelled. “Get rid of this girl robot and kill these intruders!” He pointed to Centipede and Sham..

“Fire!” Joe whispered, hoping his aim was on target. He and Thumbs fired at the same instant and orange ammunition flew.

Both the robot and the guard moved, however. Thumbs’ ammo exploded on the guard’s big stomach, and he hit the ground.

Joe’s pumpkin shot up, then rolled away hitting nothing. He needed to aim better.

CHAPTER FORTY-FOUR: “I’ll kill these men myself!” the guard yelled as he struggled to his feet again. He took a handgun from under his jacket and aimed at Centipede. “I don’t know who’s throwing the pumpkins, but I have some real bullets.”

Centipede opened his oversized shirt, and a metal mirror flashed the sun into Gorilla’s eyes, almost blinding him. But Gorilla fired anyway.

Centipede fell backward to the ground.

ada brownellA.B. Brownell’s blog: http://www.inkfromanearthenvessel.com

GNFA: A Year in Review

By Naty Matos

Well, if you are reading this it means you survived the 1,000th time since the existence of humanity where the end of the world has beenend announced. I tell you something. In preparation for the world not to end the authors of GNFA have been popping out books like rabbits.

Yes, this group has had a lot of accomplishments during the last 12 months. But let me start by telling you more about GNFA. It stands for Grace and Faith Authors. This is an organization that houses the best Christian Indie Authors in the market.

We pride ourselves with bringing the message of the cross and providing clean reads for Christians and non-Christians. Let me highlight some of the things that we can count as blessings more than accomplishments in 2012.

  • There were 95 books published amongst all the members of the group.
  • Two of those books have been nominated for Book of the Year by The Book Club Network
  • 2 other books achieved the #1 download in Amazon on their free day and another one reached #2
  • We opened a Facebook group for our readers to connect with our authors and now we have 101 members of the GNF Readers Connection!
  • There were 3 television appearances, 3 radio interviews, 1 magazine article and 1 newspaper article by some of our authors.
  • Two books from some of our authors were released on Audiobooks.
  • Our group count has grown to over 200 Christian Authors

I can tell you that our authors are already going full steam ahead in preparation for 2013. They will teach you, advise you, entertain you, comfort you and motivate you in the best way we know how, by writing good books.

But we couldn’t do any of this without you. So on this last day of 2012 I want to thank you for your support and following.

Happy New Year and have a blessed 2013!!!

Staci Stallings, Naty Matos & GNFA

2013

GOGO Sale

Christmas is an exciting time for our publishing companies, because our mission is to spread HOPE and there’s no greater time than when we’re celebrating the reason for our HOPE – the birthday of our Savior!

Because our mission is to spread HOPE to as many people as possible, all of our books offer some type of hope – fiction and nonfiction alike. As a way of getting people acquainted with our authors and their books, we’re doing several fun things during the next month, and we invite all of you to come join us! It’s going to be great fun!!

Here’s the line-up:

GOGO Sale – Going on now, the Give One/Get One Free sale. Buy any of our books to give away – in print or digital formats – and get one of our books in digital format to keep for yourself! (Or you can gift that one, too, if you prefer!) We even have some of our upcoming books available for PRE-ORDER included in this GOGO sale! Check out all the details on the Write Integrity Press blog.

Magnificent Hope’s Christmas Party starts TODAY!! We invite you to come on over to our virtual Christmas party. Our authors are there, posting games, photos, memories, recipes, and more. Go to this link and look around. If you’d like to participate in the party – PLEASE DO! – just set up an account (name and e-mail address) and post your own photos, memories, and games – let’s just all interact together in a relaxed time of fun and fellowship! And we’re giving away some goodie baskets – all you have to do is drop in and say hello to register for your chance to win!

Today, we also announce the winner of our Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt chapter contest. In October, we put out a call for submissions for anyone interested in participating in our novella. Eight of our authors have written one chapter each in a single novella, and we invited writers to compete for a spot in the book. Today, the winner will be announced. Monday, we begin to share the story with readers, a section at a time over the next 9 days! So today, drop by www.WriteIntegrity.com to see who won, and then on Monday, come back to begin reading the story they put together. It’s going to be a lot of fun! And there’s another giveaway planned with it, too!

We hope to see you during this wonderful time of year! And we’d appreciate your help in spreading the word about all our festivities!

 

Merry Christmas!

One more week…

by:  Staci Stallings

The new and improved Grace & Faith 4 U blog will open Aug. 1, 2012!

We know the wait is agonizing, but we’re working hard to bring you the very best from today’s Christian authors.  So stay tuned!

You’ll be glad you did!

In the meantime, we have a new Facebook Readers Group that you can join and converse with all your favorite GNF Authors.  To join in the fun, click here!

See you in August!

Never Stop Dreaming: Hope Tour 2012

What’s all the buzz about Hope Tour 2012?

The buzz is growing, isn’t it? I just read a Facebook status about us that said, “This small press is taking the world by storm. Check them out.” I love that!

As a child, teen, and then young adult, people would tell me I was a dreamer and some relatives would say in disgust, “you’re just like your daddy.” For many years, that hurt – I thought dreaming was a bad, bad thing, mostly because of those reactions. After my dad’s death, I gave up dreaming for awhile.

But my spiritual Daddy – Father God – had other plans, and lit a fire within me a few years ago that just keeps growing.

In December 2011, I encountered dozens of people whose eyes revealed a sad, surprising hopelessness. These folks were not the ones we would normally expect to be hopeless – they had good jobs, lived in nice homes, drove expensive cars, bought grocery carts full-to-overflowing with food. Yet, their eyes could not lie because deep within each of them, there was no joy, no hope.

It broke my heart.

I sought God, wanting to do something about it. Several projects arose, and that was a start, but then, suddenly, a dream sparked inside me. An idea for a something fun, something new, something unusual began to grow and the dream exploded into a huge project! Hope Tour 2012 was born. If we’re gonna dream, we might as well dream BIG, right?

Hope Tour 2012 is a book tour unlike any other. During the summer of 2012, we will go on a 15-state, 30-city, 7000-mile book tour over the course of approximately 80 days. We’ll promote our authors, but we’ll also promote other Christian and inspirational authors along our route, hosting fun events that will bring reader and writer together in unique and memorable ways that will hopefully put smiles on faces and hope in hearts.

To fund the tour, we set up a Kickstarter project and we’re giving away fun rewards and experiences in exchange for contributions. Check out all the fun stuff and learn more details about the entire project on our Kickstarter page.

Another element of the tour is the creation of a book called Best Bites on Tour. As we travel, we’ll visit diners, cafes, and restaurants recommended to us by our readers, in hopes that we’ll find plenty of “best bites” to share in the book! Visit our daily posts on the Write Integrity Press blog.

During the 30 days of the Kickstarter campaign, we’re asking readers and visitors to our sites to share their favorite authors, favorite restaurants, and favorite tour spots so that when we come to town, we’ll be ready to experience the best each place has to offer.

We can’t do this without your help though.

Come, dream with me, join all the fun, and help us spread a little hope!

Tracy Ruckman is owner and publisher of two independent publishing companies, Write Integrity Press and Pix-N-Pens Publishing. She lives in metro Atlanta, and in 2010, returned to school as a full-time college student. She’s already looking forward to graduation in 2014, when she will finally be able to breathe again.

Fill Your Kindle or Nook Week!

Welcome to Fill Your Kindle or Nook Week on Grace & Faith 4U!

Merry Christmas from all of us to you!

So… you’ve got a Kindle/Nook or you’re giving one.  Congratulations!  You’re going to love it!

And we’re here to help you jump in with the very BEST the eBook world has to offer.  Feel free to browse and follow links to read more.

If it’s Christian eBooks you’re looking to find, you’ve come to the right place!

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