Thursday, July 27, 2017

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

I've been immersed with the edits for two projects that are due to the publisher/editor in the next couple weeks. One of the things that has kept my sanity during this time is reading Karen Witemeyer's new book, Heart on the Line. In my opinion, it's her best one ever. I love the humor that Karen pulls into each of her stories as well as the depth of thought she allows the reader to 'overhear' from each of her characters. She has a knack for pulling the reader in and not letting go until the end of the book.

Here's an overview of the story:

Grace Mallory has been on the run and been in hiding for quite a while. It's time to confront her enemy and get down to the truth her father so desperately sought after. Her friends in Harper's Station are sure to rally around her.

Amos Bledsoe is a fellow telegraph operator that Grace has come to know, only over the wire. When Amos learns that Grace's life is threatened, he comes to her defense. Can she trust him? What plans does he intend?

Heart on the Line takes you on a delightful tale where the hero isn't always tall, dark and handsome. Sometimes a hero swoops in on a bicycle instead of a horse.

- This book was provided for free by the author and publisher. A favorable review was not required.

Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Live the Adventure Letter. She's a contributor for Putting on the New and Stitches Thru Time blogs. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

No-Bake Strawberry Pie By Shirley Raye Redmond

One of my favorite summertime desserts is No-Bake Strawberry Pie. My friend Patsy shared the recipe with me more than 30 years ago. She has since gone on to be with the Lord, but I think of her every time I make this simple, but tasty dessert. I hope you will enjoy it too.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. of cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup water

Cook these four ingredients in a small pan until thickened. Then add 2 Tbsp of strawberry Jell-o. Cool.

Put two cups of cut up strawberries (fresh, not frozen) into a graham cracker crust. Pour the cooked mixture over the berries. Cool in refrigerator. Before serving, top with whipped cream.

Now, if you prefer, you can bake your own favorite piecrust and let it cool before you follow the recipe. Or you can get creative with ready-made crusts. I’ve used both the Keebler sugar cookie crust and the chocolate Oreo crust. The vanilla wafer crust is okay too.

An award-winning writer and frequent conference speaker, Shirley Raye Redmond is the author of three inspirational novels, PRUDENCE PURSUED, VIPER’S NEST, and AMANDA’S BEAU, as well as two dozen children’s books, including LEWIS & CLARK: A PRAIRIE DOG FOR THE PRESIDENT (Random House), which was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection. Shirley Raye holds an M.A. in literature and teaches through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been married to her husband Bill for over forty years. They live in New Mexico and are blessed with two grown children and three adorable grandchildren. Touch bases at or Facebook.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Historical Christmas in July

I have the pleasure of joining fourteen other authors in a week long promotion of our Christmas books, which includes my Christmas novella, the Perfect Gift, and Amber Schamel's the Swaddling Clothes.

What a great time to be thinking of Christmas. Crisp cold  weather--just cool if you live in the South--but such a refreshing thought during this heat wave most of us are going through. Holidays. Parties. Good food. Celebrating the birth of the Savior, Who is with us all year long.

Anyway, I wanted to share this opportunity with all our STT friends.

It isn't too soon to think about Christmas shopping. Otherwise, you might find yourself like me, waiting until the week of, and shopping till you drop. That's the theme of my book. Looking for that perfect gift, hoping to touch the heart of the one you love.

You see, this story was a gift to me from God and very unexpected. In October of 2015 I decided to write a Christmas novella and began frantically searching through my research papers for ideas. Almost immediately I found an old manuscript I'd written when I was in middle school. It was yellowed and typed on a manual typewriter. I have no idea how it got there. I'd moved several times and almost everything from my childhood or teen years was long gone. I'd swear I had not seen that manuscript since I'd written it fifty years ago.

But I remembered exactly how I'd come to write it. I'd received my first typewriter the Christmas I'd turned twelve or thirteen, and we were studying O. Henry in Lit Class. I was inspired by the author's gift of irony. This story had that ironic twist he was famous for. Not a swap of foolish gifts by a young couple, but about a poor college girl and her rich fiance. And her desire to give him a gift he was worthy of.

The writing was mushy and not well crafted, but what do you expect of a twelve-year-old? But the story was golden. I considered it a God thing. He'd dropped into my lap exactly what my heart desired. Without my even having to ask for it.

I revised the twenty pages into a novella length book and published it before Christmas.

The Christmas in July promotion is a $.99 sale which includes nineteen other Christmas stories guaranteed to put you in the spirit.

It also includes a rafflecopter contest for a chance to win all twenty books. I invite you to enter now so you'll have plenty of good reading for the upcoming Christmas season.

Have you ever received something you needed or desired in an unexpected way?