2017 Selah Awards Nominee
Oh, for a simpler time! Paradise Jones dreams of the Hollywood glamour days. Clothes, hair, vintage car–you name it, she’s got it. She’s classic retro, a 21st-century image of her favorite Golden Era stars–Doris, Audrey, Esther, Marilyn. The entertainment rags call Paradise eccentric. The studios rarely call at all. When an altercation with her leering stepfather forces her to flee Los Angeles, Paradise leaves behind everything she loves and longs for.
A few hundred miles east, Doc Morales’ years of hard work in the minors of Major League Baseball have produced exactly one at bat in the Big Show. A collision at first, a blown knee, and adios dreams. Nothing left to live for but pick-up games and his collection of old movies. Nothing, that is, until beautiful, damaged Paradise Jones crashes into his small, Arizona town. So begins an epic road trip that will change everything.
Throw in a couple of oddball bounty hunters, a forgotten movie-star boat captain, a cowboy priest, and a dashboard Jesus that is more than meets the eye, and Paradise and Doc have all the ingredients they need to cook up a fun and quirky slice of Americana pie.
About the Author
Buck Storm has marked time as a commercial diver, fisherman, sailor, and musician. A veteran singer/songwriter, he s bounced around the planet with a guitar and a pocketful of stories and made friends in venues everywhere. Buck writes about this mixed-up, out of control, beautiful cacophony we call humanity. About life as he sees it or sometimes just how he’d like it to be. Buck and his wife, Michelle, have a happy love story, a hideout in North Idaho, and two wonderful children. Truck Stop Jesus is his second novel.
Award-winning author Linda Rondeau crafts a heartwarming romance set in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
Iraq War widow, Dorie Fitzgerald, despises the frigid Adirondacks that have now become her home. After numerous failed job interviews, she questions the wisdom of moving to be near her parents. Desperate to try and fit in, she joins the community theater in the production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Could a “wonderful love” be waiting in the wings?
Jamey Sullivan put his career on hold in order to run the family business and to help his ailing father. With his sights set on Broadway, Jamey reluctantly agrees to help with the production of the play, even though he’s convinced local performers lack the necessary acting skills.
Well … all but one actress, anyway.
Will the pair’s competing ambitions, demanding schedules, family members, and finances — plus a romantic rival — pull the curtain down on their growing attraction towards one another?
About the Author
Selah Award winner, Linda Wood Rondeau writes stories to demonstrate that our worst past, surrendered to God, becomes our best future. Her books, primarily blended contemporary, are inspired by her many years as a social worker, her fiction hitting home with strong issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, child abuse, depression and widowhood.
Humor, another guarantee in a Rondeau book, is as prevalent in her non-fiction, as well as her contemporary fiction.
Rondeau’s personal blog, Salt and Light, inspires Christians to be the salt and light God intends for them to be in a hurting world. A regular feature of her blog is The Writer’s Journey where guest authors reveal their spiritual journey as well as their writing journey. She also manages a multi-author devotional blog, Life to the Fullest.
The author is a breast cancer survivor and is a recovering food addict. A Toastmaster graduate, she enjoys speaking to groups on her experiences as well as the writing life. The author loves to hear from readers. You may contact her through her website, lindarondeau.com, on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest or via any of her publishers.
What are our ways? They are man’s ways of doing things. What does the LORD want? He wants us to do things His way. What is His way? His way is that we go up to the mountain. The LORD is speaking of the mount of His holiness, a “mountain” where everything is done exclusively for Him.
The work of the hands of the natural man does not receive God’s blessing, even when they are doing things for God. God’s blessing is like the rain, and when there is no rain, when there is no blessing from God; there is only desert. This is true in the spiritual as well as in the natural. We live in a time of a lot of movement, a flurry of activity and of “works.” And each pastor speaks of the “work” that they are doing, of how many sheep they congregate in their work and how many pay their tithe, etc. For the LORD, many of these “works” are not His house, because it is man’s house.
Many are in a spiritual drought; the revelation of God is not flowing, and this dryness reaches the mountains. Mountains denote power and purpose. Each mountain is dry because each leader decided to have his own kingdom; they have decided to make their own fortress.
This ensures drought upon the wheat (the message that is sown), upon the wine (the life that is being shared), upon the oil (the anointing), and upon everything the earth produces. In the highest sense, we are the earth, and the LORD wants to sow in us.
About the Author
Russell Stendal, a former hostage of Colombian rebels, is a lifelong missionary to that same group in the jungles of Colombia. He is an influential friend to military and government leaders in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States. Russell’s ministry shares the gospel via twelve radio stations, hundreds of thousands of Bibles, books, and movies distributed through airplane parachute drops, and numerous speaking engagements for groups of leaders, prisoners, and individuals. Russell goes wherever the Lord leads, whether it’s to speak with a president or to go deep into the jungle to help an individual in trouble. He has witnessed thousands commit their lives to Christ.
Happiness Quotes: Inspirational Picture Quotes about being happy
Are you trying to find happiness in your life, but struggle with finding the everyday motivation that it requires? Then Inspirational Picture Quotes about Happiness is the book for you. Filled with moving and encouraging quotes from people throughout history like Abraham Lincoln, C.S. Lewis, Victor Hugo and Oprah Winfrey, this work is sure to inspire even the unhappiest soul. Brilliant color photos grace each page, stimulating the reader further towards their happiness goal.
The Inspirational Picture Quotes about Happiness is a perfect book to carry in your pocket for daily affirmations and uplifting messages, sure to make each day a little brighter.
Author Gabi Rupp is a dynamic professional whose greatest desire is helping others achieve healthier lifestyles. She spent more than a decade working as a marketing executive before founding LeanJumpStart and creating the 52 Week Clean Eating Challenge where she uses science and realistic methods to encourage others to get in shape and maintain their new healthy habits. In addition to running her business, she has published 52 Chef Habits, Inspirational Picture Quotes about Happiness, and her newest release, Inspirational Picture Quotes about Love.
Gabi and her family reside in a little German town near the Black Forest. Please visit http://leanjumpstart.com
This work was written to increase the reader’s understanding and appreciation of God’s character, His love for righteousness, His great wisdom and His unending love. Above all, it is meant to strengthen the reader’s faith and trust in the Almighty, so that he/she may turn to Him with total assurance in the fact that He is a Father who is always fair, just, and loving.
To accomplish this aim, this book will analyze many major events that have been used by atheists and others as evidence of God’s alleged cruelty; but it will do so in a way that is both original and unusual. Each analysis will begin with the thought-provoking, hypothetical question, “What if God…?” Afterwards every event will be explored in depth. Lastly, the author will address what might have happened if God had handled each event differently.
In this work the reader will clearly see that God’s actions are invariably wise, fair and just. No matter how seemingly cruel or unjustified, every one of his interventions, when looked at closely, reveals great love, patience, wisdom and justice.
About the Author
MICHAEL CAPUTO has been a Christian Minister since 1985. Michael has ministered to churches in both Europe and North America. He is the author of several apologetic works, such as the award-winning, God Seen Through the Eyes of the Greatest Minds. Michael has been a part-time college-level educator for 16 years. He is also the author of various web sites, including, Militant Atheism Exposed and God and Jesus Christ:Their Nature, Will and Word. Michael resides in Canada with His beautiful wife, Leonilda and his three children, Anthony, Julie and Victor.
COMMENTS FROM READERS
“Do you ever talk to people who are very negative about God? If so then this book will give you some great ideas for how to handle this type of criticism. Michael Caputo examines events in the Bible that atheists find most objectionable. Like the flood, etc. I found his arguments to be very logical. He seems to have insight into God’s mind that few possess. He takes you step-by-step through the Bible and explains why each event occurred as it did and also explains what would have happened if God had not taken steps to eradicate evil.” (R.R. –Reader)
Are you struggling? Are you anxious? Do you feel defeated or alone, even though you have accomplished much in your life? Are you happy with what you have, or do you constantly have to replace these things with new ones? Is there always another plateau you have to reach?
Do the things that you own and your success give you peace?
Is there anything in this world that lasts forever? What is there that we can see and touch that will not eventually lose its attraction and value, erode or fade away? What can we take out of this world when we die? What is the use of all that we know and live by? If we live long enough we realize that most of what we learn and do as children and adults are useless past this life.
In this little book, we see three things that Jesus taught His disciples, things that are related to eternity, things for now and in the next life. For all who hear and adhere to His teachings, He gives assurance of a life beyond this one, an eternal life with Him and God, the Father. We find in these things an unexpected reality of true life now and forever. Belief and values are established in what He lived and taught so that we may be living free in Christ from the anxiety of this world.
First things that last forever are simple but there is a profound knowledge in these things. If we know them and meditate upon them we realize that these are things that we live by here, the spiritual things that will eventually transition us to an eternal glory where God is all that we need.
About the Author
Fran Rogers is a 77-year-old wife/caregiver to Jerry, her husband of 55 years; mother of two, grandmother of six, a great-grandmother; musician and gardener; a writer for twenty-five years, now publishing; in her second childhood, and loving it!