Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kum Ba Yah - the new one


Kum Ba Yah (new)

Kum Ba Yah my LORD, Kum Ba Yah,
Kum Ba Yah my LORD, Kum Ba Yah.
Kum Ba Yah my LORD, Kum Ba Yah,
Kum Ba Yah my LORD, Kum Ba Yah.

Chorus
Singin’ rain, storm, fire, wind,
Kum Ba Yah
Rain, storm, fire, wind,
Kum Ba Yah

Somebody’s praying LORD, Kum Ba Yah,
Somebody’s praying LORD, Kum Ba Yah.
Somebody’s praying LORD, Kum Ba Yah,
Somebody’s praying LORD, Kum Ba Yah.

Chorus

Somebody’s singing LORD, Kum Ba Yah,
Somebody’s singing LORD, Kum Ba Yah.
Somebody’s singing LORD, Kum Ba Yah,
Somebody’s singing LORD, Kum Ba Yah.

Chorus

Somebody’s crying LORD, Kum Ba Yah,
Somebody’s crying LORD, Kum Ba Yah.
Somebody’s crying LORD, Kum Ba Yah,
Somebody’s crying LORD, Kum Ba Yah.

Chorus

Come by here my LORD, come by here,
Come by here my LORD, come by here.
Come by here my LORD, come by here,
Come by here my LORD, come by here.

Chorus

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Back in the studio

I've been saying I'm needing to, but today I finally went back out to the Crafty Dad and Daughter studio (aka my sunroom) to start work on some new projects. 

That was between rearranging than putting back part of the studio (after buying a shelf at an estate sale) and going to Peyton's basketball game.

I measured out stripes on five letters to make flag initials. We picked five popular initials to paint for an upcoming show. While we made a J, R, S, M and W, watch us need V, Q, Z, Y and I. 


They will look something like these. If you want one, let me know! They are $25 each and I will ship them.




Friday, January 29, 2016

Audra's got some painting to do

I need to put up my coloring book and colored pencils and get my paint brushes back out. Dad is getting ahead of me. 

Right now, I have four Easter Bunnies, two Easter eggs, and three Mason Jars out in the studio to paint. I guess I better get to it!

I'll make to order, so if you want one, let me know!



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Taking Valentine's offers

I've gotten a little bit back into the crafting groove over the past week. I had a request for a heart headband which I assumed was for Valentine's Day, but I guess it doesn't have to be. 

After I posted the red and white one, I got a request for a black and pink one. 

I haven't made any Valentine's signs or wood crafts, but I can. I have supplies ready to start!





Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Son's Vow Book Giveaway

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Don’t miss A Son’s Vow, book one in Shelley Shepard Gray’s new series, Charmed Amish Life. Set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, the series tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy. As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?
Enter to win a copy of A Son’s Vow—five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced February 11 on Shelley’s blog!


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(Avon Inspire, January 2016)
Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family.
Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.
Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.
Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.
As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?
Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.

Shelley Shepard Gray

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Celebrate Colleen Coble’s ‘Mermaid Moon’ with a Mystery e-Reader Prize Pack

To move forward past a life of shame and confusion, Mallory Davis must go back to Mermaid Point to find out who murdered her father in Colleen Coble's new book, Mermaid Moon. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Celebrate the release of Mermaid Moon with Colleen and a mystery e-reader prize pack giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 1st. The winner will be announced February 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

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Mermaid Moon
(Thomas Nelson, January 2016)

Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.
As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Colleen Coble

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USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Her books have sold more than 3 million copies.

Find out more about Colleen at http://www.colleencoble.com/.

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Bachelorettes don't have talent on #thebachelor

Something is in the air at the mansion tonight. Anxiety? Rejection? Anticipation?

Chris Harrison arrives to tell the women that Ben is in Las Vegas and waiting on the women to arrive. The first date card will be waiting in the suite in Las Vegas.

The Taylor Swift twins that no one can tell a part were born and raised in Vegas, so they are going home, literally. They may be going home this week if you know what I mean.

Olivia is going to whisper in Ben's ear that she wants a one-on-one and Celine Dion.When they arrive, they see a sign from Ben welcoming them. They squeal way too much and if they think that's romantic, they are nuts.

When they arrive at the Aria Suites, Caila finds the date card.

"JoJo, you set my heart on fire..."


Olivia has the most fake look on her face. She's Zen with Ben (her words, not mine), so she's not worried about anyone else dating him. So she says before the commercial. I have a feeling her Zen is short lived. She doesn't see how anyone can have what they have.

The twins do EVERYTHING together from work, to sharing a car, to walking on the same treadmill at the same time. No wonder no one knows the difference. (Random short clip in middle of the show.)

Ben picks up JoJo, they go to the roof, have some wine, and a helicopter arrives. The force of the wind caused by the propellers knocks over their table. They kiss while all the women are watching. Olivia's Zen fades.

JoJo has some "undeniable" chemistry. They are making out in no time. Who knows what they do other than site see, a I mean suck face, on the helicopter.

Amanda, Jubilee, Caila, Lauren B., Amber, Haley, Emily, Leah, Lauren H., Jennifer, Rachel, Olivia... no message, we just get names.(Later we find out it says "show me what you've got.")

That leaves only Becca, so she'll get the one on one. 

Back to sitting around and blah, blah, blah, I want to learn more about you talk in some hotel room in Vegas between JoJo and Ben. She's scared of giving her heart because something in her past has made her cautious. She tells him about a past relationship. Trust issues. More blah, blah, blah talk about the past she was scared to talk about. Thank you for opening up to me, blah, blah, blah, here's a rose.

I really don't know what has been so great about this date, but it's not over yet. They go to check out the view. They must be going to a private concert. Oh, just a rooftop with fireworks, but they do have a great view of the strip.

No hot tub and no private concert. JoJo got ripped off.

All the women here the fireworks and are all wooooo-hooo! Meanwhile Olivia is pouting that she's being cheated on because Ben is her husband in her mind. #delusional

The next day, Olivia has her game face back on. It was a hard day watching him kiss JoJo yesterday.

The girls all show up to Terry Fator's show. I saw Terry Fator perform umpteen times in Texas the Band in Corsicana, TX before America decided he had talent. His show has not changed. That's beside the point.

However, he challenges the women to show their talent. They have to compete for attention. Some people have no talent other than wearing a chicken suit. The twins river dance, Jubilee plays the cello. No one thinks Olivia has talent.

After the women decide their talent, Terry tells the women they have to be his opening act. I'm trying to decide if his Elvis dummy is the same one he had in 1989 or if he had a new one made. Don't get me wrong, I think he has talent, but the show hasn't changed. He's yodeled the same song for decades.

I do not envy the women, performing in front of this crowd.

The twins should have to do their own talent, but they do an Irish clog.

Jubilee plays the cello. I guess it's alright.

Someone juggles.

Someone tries to hula hoop.

There's someone with balloon animals.

Some song to the tune of Old McDonald in a chicken suit.

Olivia comes out of a cake in a show girl outfit. No shoes. Horrible dance. It's embarrassing. Ben is dying laughing. It's bad as she shimmies around. Ben is embarrassed for her, but does stand up to give her a hug when she walks down into the audience.

Meanwhile Terry Fator's dummy sounds just like him. His worse voice ever.

After everyone goes backstage, Olivia has a panic attack.


We break to commercials where Oprah professes her love for bread, saying bread at least 15 times. There are previews for Grey's Anatomy. I know it's a medical drama, but how many times can Meredith almost die? She has 9 lives.




Back to Olivia. She knew Ben was mortified. She knew the hug was a pity hug. She better get it together because the cocktail party is about to start.

3-2-1 Olivia is about to pull him off. OH! She's not the first tonight. Caila is first. She's used to being spoiled during a one-on-one, so is more shy, or so she says. When she makes the first move for a kiss, Ben believe's she's a sex panther. He wondered if there would be passion after their first date. Looks like there is.

Olivia is super nervous that her lack of talent will eliminate her. The women are so over her. But is Ben?

Lauren H. and Ben sit in the theater and chat with a puppet. Lauren kisses the puppet first.

Olivia looks for sympathy when she and Ben go off. Ben keeps saying that today was great. She tells him about her breakdown and how awful and embarrassed she was. She said she was trying to screw the comfort zone and can't do sexy. Her begging for attention is getting her no where.

Thankfully Taylor Swift, I mean Emily swoops in. I think it's Emily.

Ben assures Lauren B. that she should not be nervous or compare herself to the others since they had such a great date.

Olivia 400% needs to talk to him again. She interrupts Emily who was talking about Vegas not feeling like home right now. Bad editing where Lauren was in between?

Olivia wants to dance or be awkward. She apologizes for her bad day again. Ben wants her to stop apologizing and gives him a little kiss to make her shut up. After all, earlier was the only time the two had talked that she hadn't gotten a kiss.

Lauren B. gets the date rose.

The next morning, there is a delivery at the suite for Becca. It's a huge box with a wedding dress inside. She's supposed to get dressed.

Haley is particularly jealous. Jubilee snarks about Becca being the appropriate person to wear a white dress.

Becca goes downstairs, into a pink Cadillac and off to The Little White Chapel which I am pretty sure is where my cousin got married. (Brittany Spears also got married there. Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra - right before friends of my cousin's who also got married there.) He gives a cheezy vow-like speech, gets on one knee and asks her "will you marry... people with me today?" He has been ordained and they are performing ceremonies today. She changes dresses so she's not in a wedding dress all day. Together, they officiate their first wedding and about 10 more after that.

My brother got married in Vegas once. I kind of forgot about that. Don't have a clue where they got married. I was at my cousin's while I was on vacation. I didn't go to his.

Later that night, they go to the neon sign graveyard. New Kids on the Block did a music video here one time. At least they visited and did segments to go on their VHS video of videos.

Back to the episode... Becca says she's more into it and invested in the process this time around. Ben tells her to feel this time. With all these people he tells to feel stuff, he's really going to break some hearts. They discuss her choice to stay a virgin, and she's quite confident in their discussion. He recites some date vows to her and vice versa given how she thought the personalized vows were the best part of their day. He thinks she's awesome, and gives her the date rose.

She can see herself as the future Mrs. Ben Higgins, but she's not insane about it. They do seem to have a connection, but what do I know?

The next morning, Chris Harrison comes bright and early to tell the women that Ben has decided he wants one more date. Ben wants a two-on-one date with the twins in their hometown. 

Ben says that dating two sisters has been hard. He's attracted to both. The truth is, he doesn't know which is which. The twins take Ben to their house where they live with their parents. Haley has pictures of her ex-boyfriend in her room. Emily tells Ben to not worry about hurting feelings because they know if it progresses, one has to go further than the other.

Emily and Ben awkwardly lay on the bed and she tries to throw Haley under the bus saying her feelings aren't there, etc.

He does decide one relationship is progressing further than the other. (HOW?) He thinks he knows what he wants to do, but wants to talk to their mom first.

From Mom's perspective, Emily is more dominant, but Haley can be more committal when she warms up. Maybe?

He talks to both of them together and explains that he has to say goodbye with Haley. He does this here, now, so Mom can support her. Mom is smiling. Mom likes Emily better. You can tell by the smile on her face. At least Haley didn't have to do the limo ride of shame.

This may be the first time the two have ever been separated.

It's cocktail party time! Olivia is still all obsessed about the other night and plans to take Ben off first. However, Jennifer beats her to it. 

Ben asks Jennifer why she thinks she's still single, but isn't able to answer the question before Olivia interrupts.

Olivia pulls him off to eat cake because she says that is her talent (duh - the mouth) instead of jumping out of cakes. Again she starts in about being awkward and having a bad week. Again, Ben tells her to stop apologizing to him about this. She speaks about herself in the third person with him. This week, the hand squeeze is their secret language.

JoJo is shocked when Olivia tells her that she is falling for Ben and said so. I don't know why JoJo is so shocked.

Meanwhile, Jubilee is scared and Ben says he can tell. He assures her that she needs to be confident. If he says that to all the girls, it's going to hurt more when he doesn't give them a rose.

Ben wants some time to think before he starts handing out roses.

If we are going to have a full rose ceremony tonight, he's going to have to hand out roses fast. The whole time we hear voice overs of Olivia.

JoJo, Lauren B., and Becca already have roses.

Amanda
Lauren H.
Jubilee
Emily
Caila
Jennifer
Leah

And the final rose goes to Olivia. Again. UGH. He acted like it took a lot of thought. Again, she's telling herself he's saving the best for last.

Amber and Rachel are going home.

Amber is devastated. She really wanted a proposal right then. I didn't take her to be one to walk just off set and curl up crying in the fetal position.

The previews for next week are intriguing. The women start warning Ben about Olivia. However, that usually goes bad for them, not their target. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Kum Ba Yah


Kum Ba Yah (old)

Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah.
O Lord, Kum ba yah

Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah

Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah

Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!

O Lord, Kum ba yah


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Of cellos and cheesecake

I know I post a lot about needing to get out of the house and get a life. A lot. I only say it because it's true. There is a funny story at the end of this post, if you stick with me. 

Proof... On Tuesday of this week, I decided to go get something to eat after work. As I walked out the door to get into my car, I realized that I had not even gotten in my car and left the house since Saturday when I came home sick. Other than checking the mail, I had not stepped outside of my house in more than 72 hours. I'm not even sure I should admit that. 

In all honesty, I've felt kind of isolated and trapped lately. Another topic for another time, I guess. 

Thankfully, I got out of the house and not only socialized, but did something "cultural" with Rakia and Angie. However, I have figure out I don't take good pictures of anything anymore as is obvious from the ones below. 

I love going to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Hall when they do their Pops series. This weekend they are doing "A Night at the Oscars." I am not quite cultured enough to do Beethoven, especially Eroica which I think is "erotica" every time I see it. Angie did too when she was flipping through the program last night. 


All of the music was from Oscar nominated selections, including soundtracks from Star Wars, E.T., Indiana Jones, The Pink Panther, The Godfather, The Incredibles, and Dances with Wolves. I thought the best piece of the night was "Tale as Old as Time" from Beauty and the Beast. 

I am so musically un-talented, but I'm completely fascinated.

We were going to hit up The Cheesecake Factory before, but had to go afterwards. After the last time I went to TCF, I said I was getting cheesecake if I got nothing else because isn't that the point. For all of my fluff and declaring, I brought it home and ate it today for lunch.

(That was after going over to Malakoff for Peyton's basketball game. Well, it was supposed to be two games, but our team forfeited before half because the officiating was horrible, the girls were getting beat up and it was turning ugly with technical fouls and mayhem.)

The best laughs of the night came in the parking garage afterwards.

Beforehand, I kept trying to give Rakia directions on how to get into the parking garage. I thought there was only one way in/out, at least only one way in anyway.

We needed to go with Rakia to her car to get something out of it. I asked told her she could just drive Angie and I over to my car, especially since it was late and cold.

Rakia was on level 3, and I told her I was around on 5. We drove around a level and pass a white truck, then see the number 5. Odd, we go around to the next level, and there's no car. Hmmm. Did I completely just miss seeing my car? How did that happen.

We go through this process again. The same white truck. The same empty next level on the side closest to the elevators.

I knew what side I was parked on. Angie seemed to think we were parked in a different position after going around a corner. I thought the positioning was the same, but was so confused.

After another time around, we can see my car on the level below us. Another time around, and we pass the same white truck again. We do this over and over and over. We can see my car as we go around again. And again. And again.

At this point, Angie's declaring "Twilight Zone." As we go round and round, we watch a golf cart go round and round patrolling the garage. A different white truck seems to be doing the same routine a level above us. By now, I'm pretty sure we've been doing this for 15 minutes.

Finally, Rakia exited the entrance she came in, went halfway around the block to the entrance I drove in, went up to level 5 and finally dropped Angie and I off.

I now know that each entrance takes you to a whole different set of levels. If I have ever been in a garage that does that before, I never realized it. The narrow cut off turn thingies in the middle may let you cut from one to another, but I'm not sure.

This is yet another reason I hate parking garages. This garage may rank with the ones at DFW airport for the worst garage ever.


Friday, January 22, 2016

‘Beyond the Silence’ by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse (Plus a Giveaway and Facebook Party)

Lillian Porter takes a chance on a new job and a new future . . . but rumors surrounding her job make Lillian begin to wonder if she made the right choice in Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse's Beyond the Silence. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know . . . but soon the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?

Tracie and Kimberley are celebrating the launch of Beyond the Silence with a Loaded Fire Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on February 11!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • One copy of Beyond the Silence
  • A Kindle Fire 7
  • A $50 Amazon gift card to load your Fire with books
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/11. The winner will be announced at the Beyond the Silence Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie, Kimberley, and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!


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(Bethany House, January 2016)
The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth.
Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know.
Still, something dark did happen in the family’s past. Lillian’s seven-year-old charge hasn’t spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he’ll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love–or will it endanger her even more?

Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. 
Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she’s shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New from Terri Blackstock: ‘If I Run’ and a Fitbit Giveaway

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer . . . but her DNA is all over the crime scene, and she's now a fugitive. Don't miss Terri Blackstock's next page-turner, If I Run. Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than Dylan has, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. But as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

Join Terri in celebrating her new book with a Fitbit giveaway and a special $4.99 digital pre-order deal!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 16th. The winner will be announced February 17th on the Litfuse blog.

Plus don't miss out on the special $4.99 digital pre-order pricing, now through February 15. Pre-order the book through your favorite e-book retailer; details here.

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(Zondervan, February 2016)
Casey knows the truth. But it won’t set her free.
Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.
But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?
Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.
Terri Blackstock

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Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of “Intervention,” “Vicious Cycle,” and “Downfall,” as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.
Find out more about Terri at www.terriblackstock.com.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Herding cats, I tell you!

I had a full class tonight, including one that got her first introduction into "class with Audra." Wednesday nights are insane! Tonight was no different.

Here are my cheezing children.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Author finds meaning in the midst of incredible loss


Author finds meaning in the midst of incredible loss

Sherri Burgess learns after her son’s death
there are answers to life’s toughest questions

If God is good then why does He allow terrible things to happen? It’s a universal question asked by believers and skeptics alike. Some decide no answer exists, but not Sherri Burgess, the author of Bronner: A Journey to Understand (New Hope Publishers/January 19, 2016/ISBN: 978-1-62591-500-9/$16.99). When Burgess and her husband, Rick (host of the nationally syndicated “The Rick and Bubba Show”), lost their two-year-old son in a tragic drowning at home, she turned to God with the same question, and in her grief, learned there are answers. What she discovered about the Lord and herself she now brings to the world in this special book, which Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chris Tomlin said left him “speechless.”

Bronner is an honest and personal narrative that took Burgess five years to write. It brings readers along on her journey of seeking to understand the purpose behind her family’s pain. While admitting we can never truly grasp all aspects of God’s nature, Burgess says she found there were many things she could ascertain about Him, His purposes, and His intentions for herself and her family. “God wants us to ask hard questions,” she reveals. “He wants us to seek Him, and if we do, He promises we will find Him. God’s way is perfect. He wastes nothing but uses everything to teach us, grow us, and mold us into something fit for heaven. We praise Him as Job did when he said, ‘The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken way; blessed be the name of the Lord.’”

Scripture says Christians do not mourn like those who have no hope, and that is certainly the case for Burgess and her family. While they are separated from little Bronner for now, Burgess knows that won’t always be the case. She points out with incredible hope that no matter what horror or loss we face, if Christ is our Savior, we are assured He will redeem everything in time, whether in this life or the next.

Much more than a retelling of one family’s story, Bronner includes a readers’ guide that will be an empowering and in-depth resource for grief support groups, book-club discussions, or small-group Bible studies. Readers will learn how the author believes the Lord has used suffering for good in her life: teaching her, refining her, and even helping her overcome sins such as worldliness, self-reliance, and pride. “There are but two ways to go in a situation like this,” Burgess writes. “We can either run away from God and be destroyed by the pain, or run to Him and be transformed by it into the person He really desires for us to be. God has taught—and is still teaching—me so much through my pain.”

Regardless of what hardship readers have experienced, Bronner will be a call to action, beckoning them to know God like never before. Burgess’s personal hope is that Bronner will help others understand God doesn’t do anything to hurt them, but He allows suffering to occur in life to form them into the people He meant for them to be: people who love and trust Him with a devotion that can withstand any trial.

Learn more about more about Bronner and Sherri Burgess at www.NewHopePublishers.com

Advance Praise

“No one escapes life unscathed. Everyone faces tragedy. Rick and Sherri did. They did so with faith. We are wise to learn from their example. Their story inspires us to face our challenges by facing God first.”
~ Max Lucado, New York Times best-selling author

“The words of this book have truly left me speechless. I believe this book Sherri has written will bring great healing to so many who have experienced great loss. It’s an honor to call Rick and Sherri Burgess my friends.”
            ~ Chris Tomlin, Grammy Award-winning Christian recording artist

“As a quadriplegic, I have often said, ‘God permits what He hates to accomplish that which He loves.’ My friends Rick and Sherri understand that hard truth so painfully well. In this remarkable book, they show us that true wisdom is trusting God even when all seems dark. It’s why Bronner is such a wise and good guide in your journey to grasp God’s goodness in your pain. Read it and you will be blessed!”
~ Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center


About the author

Sherri Burgess is the wife of nationally syndicated radio host Rick Burgess of “The Rick and Bubba Show.” They are both sought-after ministry speakers and marriage conference hosts. 

A former news anchor turned author, Burgess is also mother to two teenage sons at home and two adult children. She currently serves on the school board where her sons attend, leads a girls’ Bible study, and volunteers with various organizations. Her heart is deeply committed to living out God’s will for her life and helping others do the same. While her family may enjoy football, she enjoys her family. She also enjoys gardening and going on short-term missions trips. Her prayer is that the loss of her youngest son, Bronner, will continue to produce fruit for God for many years to come. The Burgess family calls Birmingham, AL, home.

Learn more about Burgess at burgessministries.com, and follow her on Facebook (SherriBurgessAuthor) and Twitter (SherriBBurgess).