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April 26, 2016

Barely Above Water

In her latest release Gail Pallotta drew from a life experience. She has Chronic Lyme Disease and found it extremely difficult to find treatment or information about the illness. She says, “By the grace of God, I found two Lyme literate doctors, David Lee, D.C., Ph.D., C.Ad., and Raphael d’Angelo, M.D., who’s also a holistic doctor. Now I have an active lifestyle.” Gail wanted to share what she learned with others, especially those who may suffer from the disease and know it, or in some instances, suffer with it, but don’t have any idea what’s wrong with them.

Barely Above Water by Gail Pallotta In "Barely Above Water" an illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?
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Gail Pallotta is a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A regional Writer of the Year for American Christian Writers Association in 2004, she was a 2013 Grace Awards finalist. Gail’s published four books, poems, short stories and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Visit Gail’s web site at and her Facebook page at

Gail shares her first hand experience with a mysterious disease:Many discuss whether or not Chronic Lyme Disease exists. I know it does because I have it. When I grew ill ten years ago, the doctor told me there was nothing he could do for me, because he couldn’t make a diagnosis. The name of a chiropractor kept popping in my head. I couldn’t imagine why. I didn’t need an adjustment. Even if I had, I didn’t know his first name, or how to reach him. Finally, I called a friend who had been to him ten years earlier for a hurt back. He turned out to be David G. Lee, D.C., Ph.D, C.Ad., now an alternative doctor as well as a chiropractor. He started treating me immediately, removing a toxic substance. Several months later a scan revealed I have Chronic Lyme Disease.
When I asked why Chronic Lyme Disease didn’t show up in the beginning, Dr. Lee explained the spiral-shaped bacteria hides in the body. That’s why the ailment is so difficult to diagnose and patients are often sent away without help. Some are even told their symptoms are just in their heads. Because divine intervention led me to Dr. Lee, I found help and lead an active life.
Since then, I’ve heard from others, who are searching for answers about Chronic Lyme Disease, because they either have it or suspect they have it. In Barely Above Water I wanted to share some of the treatments that keep me on my feet. I also wanted the book to be a fun read, so I wove the symptoms and therapies around a romance and a cute bunch of youngsters on a summer league swim team. In the back of the book Dr. Lee and one of his cohorts answer questions about this mysterious illness.

David Lee, D.C., Ph.D., C.Ad., runs Wellness Revolution Clubs in Woodstock, Georgia, and Daytona Beach, Florida. To learn more about him visit

Raphael d’Angelo, M.D., and holistic doctor, runs ParaWellness Research Program in Aurora, Colorado. To learn more about him visit
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Published on April 26, 2016 18:09 Tags: barely-above-water, chronic-lyme-disease, gail-pallotta

April 18, 2016

A Taste of Tragedy

Adventure author Kim McMahill has a new book out! Yay! Here's what she has to say:

Kim McMahill I am thrilled to announce the release of my second novel in the Risky Research Series, A Taste of Tragedy The first was A Dose of Danger, the third is in the early stages of being written, and the fourth is still in my head. I’m not sure at this point how far the series will go. I’m assuming the characters will let me know when it’s time to wrap it up. But for now, I can’t thank Carlene enough for hosting me on her blog so that I can share a little bit about me and my new novel. I hope you enjoy the suspense and even a little romance.


A Taste of Tragedy by Kim McMahill Morgan Hunter sacrificed everything for her career. She had yet to encounter anything she wasn’t willing to do to succeed . . . until now. When she uncovers evidence that the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, she must reevaluate her priorities. As questions mount and the body count rises, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to hide its secrets and protect its profits. With no one else to trust, Morgan is forced to seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving.

You can find A Taste of Tragedy on Amazon, and if you hurry you may even get in on Kim's special introductory price of 99 Cents:

Here's an excerpt to whet your appetite!>

“Here, let me help you,” Morgan said as she draped Devyn’s arm around her shoulders.
Morgan tried to relieve as much weight as she could from Devyn as she helped her hobble to the waiting vehicle. Once Devyn was seated in the cramped back seat, Morgan dug out her emergency supply bag. She handed Devyn a blanket and a bottle of water. “I have a first aid kit, but I think you need something a little more than a bandage.”
“It’s just a few scratches. I’ll live.”
Morgan could see why Nick trusted Devyn with his back. As she looked at the battered and bruised woman, who had taken off into the desert in the middle of the night in bare feet to prevent a criminal from getting away, she had to admire her. Devyn had to be in extreme pain, yet not a complaint escaped her lips.
“Make room in the back,” Nick huffed.
Morgan looked up to see Nick trudging toward her with an inert Aaron slung over his shoulder. She raced to the tiny back cargo area and moved a few items around so Nick could squeeze the body in the vehicle.
“Is he dead?” Morgan whispered.
“Not quite, but we need to get him medical help A.S.A.P. The bullet didn’t hit any vital organs, but I’m not sure how much damage he suffered from the knock to the head”
Morgan watched as Nick set the man down in the vehicle, and then she joined Devyn in the back seat. Turning around and kneeling, she was able to lean over the seat and assess Aaron’s injuries. She folded up a handkerchief and placed it over Aaron’s gunshot wound and applied pressure. She wasn’t sure which was bleeding more, the bullet hole or the bump and cut to the head, but she had to try and slow the blood loss any way she could.
“That’s all we can do for now,” Nick said. “Just keep the pressure on the best you can.”
Morgan nodded as Nick secured the back and then got behind the wheel.
“You okay?” Nick asked as he turned to face Devyn.
“I’ve had better days, but sadly, I’ve had worse.”

Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming, which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. Kim started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense. Along with writing adventure novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology and cookbook. Kim recently relocated to Colorado, and when not writing, she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.

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Published on April 18, 2016 07:40 Tags: adventure, kim-mcmahill, newrelease, suspense

March 10, 2016


The traditional definition of the word "gay" is a perfect fit for books by Gay N. Lewis: lighteharted and carefree. Let me introduce you to this delightful author.

Q. What other jobs have you held or do you hold besides writing? Sarah A Mission of Love by Gay N. Lewis
I write for The Texas Hill Country and occasionally I write an article for the Fulshear Star. Now and then, I return to the décor arena. A client called me recently and hired me for a home design update. I confess I enjoyed the décor call immensely. I worked in the interior design field for years and sometimes miss it. I don’t do much of that anymore, but on that appointment, I found that I haven’t lost my touch.
As a pastor’s wife, I work a lot at church. No salary with this job, but I’ve always enjoyed sharing my husband’s ministry. Our church gets two for the price of one.

Q. What was the inspiration for your stories? Sarah and a Dad for Mandy by Gay N. Lewis
I started with Women’s Fiction, and I hope one of those books see the light of day in the future. I joined a local Romance Writers of America chapter and learned paranormal was a hot item. I can’t write about vampires, so I chose a clueless angel who comes to earth to romantically link unsuspecting couples. She makes hilarious messes on her assignments.

Q. Other than Sarah who is your favorite character in your books and why? Sarah and the Widow's Mate by Gay N. Lewis
I love the Commander. He gives Sarah assignments at the start of each book and reviews her at the end. He is not God, but the Commander is a servant of the Lord, but like God, he is kind, gentle, and loving. He often must correct Sarah, but he always does it in a generous and humorous way.

Q. What’s new with your writing? Anything in progress? Sarah and the Scary Ferris Wheel by Gay N. Lewis
I have two Sarah books started. One is a Christmas theme entitled, Sarah and the Cowboy’s Lady. It will be out at Christmas, 2016. Sarah will have fun with horses in this story. Animals can see her, even when she’s invisible. A pretty lady, a handsome cowboy, and Sarah—all stranded in a Christmas snow storm. Can’t you imagine the mayhem Sarah will cause?
The other work in progress, involves Sarah’s attempts to help a young woman enhance her beauty. She’s already created havoc in The Heavenlies as she plans.

Here’s a snippet from the work in progress. Sarah and the Makeover

Sarah glanced down again at her diminutive frame. Maybe the petite stature was the reason she wanted to wear stilettos—that plus the fact that they were soooo adorable. Her mouth salivated at the thought of red high heeled sandals. She would wear them on this assignment with a sultry, tight, red, tank-top mini dress—maybe one with an extra low neckline. She could invent a Dolly Parton amount of cleavage. Oh! And she could wear blingy earrings and bracelets to accent the thigh high dress. What term did men use for tall, sinuous females? Sexy, yes, that was it. She could teach the woman to be sexy. Yep, she might make this assignment memorable.
Boom! Roar! Crash! More thunder. Uh-oh. The heavens seemed to be exploding—and that meant she was in trouble.
The Lieutenant’s scowling face appeared. “Sarah! You have permission to use disguises but no extreme masquerades. Holy angels do not select erotic garments.”
Sarah’s shoulders slumped. “Sorry, Sir. I get carried away sometimes.”

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February 12, 2016

Time Tsunami

Intriguing title, Time Tsunami, isn't it?

What are people saying about author Danele Rotharmel's debut novel "Time Tsunami"? Here are just a few reviews!

Like the result of an earthquake far away, Danele Rotharmel's "Time Tsunami" races across the pages of her new release gathering strength and velocity 'til you're ensnared and gobbling the words of this larger than life drama. – Amazon Reviewer

Riveting. Something completely different. Just what Christian fiction needed. This book was amazing. Twenty stars. Bravo ... Loved it. – Amazon Reviewer Time Tsunami by Danele J. Rotharmel

Time Tsunami was a quick paced, entertaining, and suspenseful tale that was filled with engaging characters that you can't help but cheer for. Danele Rotharmel has a wonderful way of weaving a great message throughout her book, leaving you feeling on edge till the last page, while being hopeful, encouraged, and challenged. Beautiful story - I can't wait for the next books from this author! – Barnes & Noble Reviewer

Hang on to your hat with this one – the novel takes you into the future, reverts back to the past, and has you holding your breath willing the time traveler’s safe return." -- Goodreads Reviewer

Wow!!! Fabulous book!!! Couldn't put it down! Great characters. Super plot twists. Fun time travel. Suspense. Humor. Romance. It's all there! Don't miss it!" -- iBooks Reviewer

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Time Tsunami (Book 1 of The Time Counselor Chronicles)

To stop a cruel serial killer, she must travel twenty-four years into the past…

Gil Montgomery, a cadet in the Temporal Counseling Program, can’t wait to pass her field exam and become a professional time surfer. The TEMCO program targets death-row offenders for time-based counseling while they’re children. For her exam, Gil will travel twenty-four years into the past to counsel ten-year-old Danny Winston before he murders his abusive babysitter, Rick Olsen. Preventing the stabbing should stop the chain of events leading to Danny’s eventual execution. Gil’s assignment seems simple until her adviser, Dr. William Ableman, learns that Rick is a serial killer targeting Danny’s mother. If Gil stays and protects the Winstons, she might not survive. William wants the woman he loves to be pulled from the field, but if Gil fails to complete her assignment, it will unleash a Time Tsunami and destroy the timeline. As TEMCO undergoes an emergency lockdown, and Gil’s fellow cadets try to figure out what’s happening, Gil and William learn the importance of faith and the price of true love. Everyone’s fate is resting in Gil’s hands, but does she have the strength she needs to defeat a ruthless serial killer intent on annihilating everyone in his path? Will she return from the deadly mission?

Time Tsunami is a fast-moving thriller with time travel twists that keep the reader guessing until the very last page.


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Please enjoy an excerpt from Time Tsunami:

Gil sprinted into the dark hall. The broken rubbish on the floor crackled beneath her feet, making her easy to find. Grabbing at her, Rick tossed her into the kitchen. She fell against the sink and reached for the window. She tugged on it until she realized it had been nailed shut. Shrinking back against the counter, she knew with sudden clarity that Rick had made the kitchen a trap with only one exit—an exit he was blocking. Standing absolutely still, she forced herself to calm her rapid breathing. She had to be quiet, very quiet. Sooner or later, Rick would leave the kitchen doorway, and when he did, she would sneak past him.

“All ye, all ye, outs in free,” Rick sang in an eerie voice that sent chills racing down her spine. “Come out, come out, wherever you may be.”

“Gil shivered and choked down a whimper. She saw Rick’s eyes flicker. Peering from side-to-side, he whispered, “Why don’t you come out and play?”

With baited breath, she watched as he slowly advanced. She knew he was trying to draw her out. If she moved prematurely, she’d give away her location. Her muscles tensed and a mist of perspiration beaded her brow. As he made his way deeper into the kitchen, she made a sudden lunge for the doorway.

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Danele J. Rotharmel
Danele Rotharmel’s life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace was poisoning her. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity causing her to be put in quarantine. For seven years, she could only talk to friends and extended family through a windowpane. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles. Although her journey back to health was difficult, it provided her the opportunity to grow closer to God and write her books. For that, she’s forever thankful.

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Published on February 12, 2016 18:35 Tags: time-travel

November 13, 2015

A Lady for the Lawman

A Lady for the Lawman by Jewell Tweedt
What are reviewers saying about Jewell Tweedt's latest release?
"The believable story gives the reader a touch of what Omaha must have been like when first settled." - Victoria Pitts-Caine
"...this sweet, western romance packs a powerful punch!" - Kelly J. Goshorn
"If you like a satisfying tale with plenty of plot twists that keeps it clean but doesn't scrimp on the romantic tension, well, you've come to the right place, pardner. Saddle up and get this book!" - lw

What Jewell has to say about this book:
I wrote A Lady for the Lawman because I wanted to continue the story of
crazy Cal Davidson from A Bride for the Sheriff and develop another
strong female character like Claire Maxwell. When working on my master's
degree I took a course on the Civil War. One of the texts was titled
Madness, Malingering and Malfeasance. It was a fascinating work on the
transformation of psychiatry and law in the Civil War era. I wanted
readers to know that thousands of men suffered mentally as well as
physically. Many men did disappear after the war choosing not to return

Cal came from my imagination and at the end he receives the treatment he
needs but his mental illness affected his life and those like Claire who
knew him. The character of Jason Reynolds came from my admiration of the
men and women in law enforcement. My brother was a military police man
for many years and his courage always impressed me. Arianna Quincy's
strong yet feminine character is based on my niece Arianne who is a
kind, gentle, yet strong woman of God.

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Published on November 13, 2015 08:47 Tags: christianromance, cleanromance, historicalwesternromance

September 13, 2015

For Our Good

For Our Good by Paula Mowery In Paula Mowery's latest release, entitled, "For Our Good", Charlie Jarvis is haunted by loss that fuels her desire to rid the world of drug traffickers. When her next assignment takes her back to her hometown, she has to confront her painful past. She has no interest in a relationship since God seems to kill everyone she loves.

Colton Thomas appreciates material things and the status of being a corporate pilot. When someone approaches him to deliver a package for a large sum of money that could wipe out his debts, temptation knocks loud on his door even as his partner, Marshall, slams it shut. Meeting Charlie challenges his non-committal stance with women. As he considers who he has become and the kind of man he would want to be for Charlie, he confronts his own shallow lifestyle and the fear that he would never be able to help her heal her wounds.

As Charlie pursues the man causing high school boys to die of overdoses, she struggles with the secrets she keeps from Colton. With people around them shining the light of God and encouraging their courtship, both Charlie and Colton have to face hard truths about life, death, love, and faith. And maybe find a fresh start for them both.


Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015.

Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.

As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team. She was a member of the 2014 and 2015 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference faculty.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

You can follow Paula at Learn more about Paula at her blog at or enjoy her monthly columns on You can also check out her blog for Christian writers at
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Published on September 13, 2015 22:09 Tags: christian-romance, romantic-suspense

August 20, 2015

Between the Window and the Door

Between the Window and the Door. Isn't that an intriguing title? It happens to be the name of a Bible study by Julie Cosgrove.

Julie B. Cosgrove Julie B. Cosgrove Freelance writer, author and professional speaker Julie B. Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and devotional publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Upper Room's Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Faith-filled Family Magazine, Daily Thoughts About God, Good News Daily, and The Journey. In 2013, an international relief and development fund commissioned Julie to write a mission-based Bible study.
Julie has published three other Bible studies, a devotional, an inspirational guide, and has six fiction novels published or contracted to be published.
She is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, Toastmasters International - Advanced Communicator Gold achiever, The Daughters of the King, North Texas Christian Writers and the Christian Writers Network. She's a spokesperson for Women at Risk International, a Christian missionary effort to rescue women from sex slavery in 30 countries. Julie is widowed and lives in Fort Worth, Texas where she is a church secretary and lackey to two house cats. Please visit her website and follow her blog at

Here's a little sample from "Between the Door and the Window":
They say when God closes a door, He opens a window. But more often than not it is not a simultaneous act...for a reason. The in-between times are the times we learn, grow, readjust and become strong, if we learn that we are still exactly where God wants us to be and trust in His timing. Life is not mostly spent in the depths of the valley or on the apex of the mountains. It is in the journey up and down.

Discover why God may have placed you in the in-between times. It may be to correct your path, to train you up, to prepare you, or even to protect you. Or maybe, you just need to rest and refocus.
Learn from both Everyday Life Examples in Part One and Biblical Examples in Part Two.
The 8.5 x 11 workbook size offers ample room to jot down answers to discussion-generating questions and for journaling your own reflections.
Great for either individual or group study, for older teens and adults.
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Published on August 20, 2015 18:44 Tags: bible-study

July 10, 2015

North to Alaska

The dog days of summer - what a great time to read a cool book about a cool place! Lynn Lovegreen weaves the history of the Alaskan gold rush into sweet love stories. Her latest release is "Gold Nuggets".

Gold Nuggets (Gold Rush, #5) by Lynn Lovegreen

In the shadow of Denali, she has a home, and he finds adventure. Charlotte Cooper wants to stay near her parents' home in Alaska. But her dreams of being a writer call her away to college or work, and she has to choose her own path in life.

Henry Reeves is a wealthy New Yorker seeking a summer adventure when he travels to Kantishna near the proposed Mt. McKinley National Park. He discovers two passions, one for Charlotte, and the other for keeping Alaska wildlife from being wiped out like the buffalo.

Charlotte and Henry find an attraction they can’t deny, but can they build a new life together between the wilderness and high society?

"Gold Nuggets" is available from Amazon now!

Want to learn more about Lynn and her books? Lynn Lovegreen
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Published on July 10, 2015 06:59 Tags: alaska, gold-rush, yaromance

June 26, 2015

Patriot's Pride

Penelope Marzec has done it again! The title of her lateset release is "Patriot's Pride".

With knowledge, he believed he could find answers. She had only faith.
Patriot's Pride by Penelope Marzec

Derrick, a surgeon, is haunted by his brother’s death. When his prayers went unanswered, he turned his faith to science. He believes studying with an esteemed surgeon in England will return meaning to his life.

Margaret’s fiancé died at the hands of a doctor who bled him to death. On board the Prosperity, she meets the arrogant Doctor Fortune who considers her no less than a milkmaid. She considers him a butcher. Though she must journey to England to hear the reading of the will of her grandfather, the Earl of Broadcraft, she finds herself constantly confronting Derrick on his methods of healing. Yet, there is something about his soulful eyes that attracts her. When a British ship presses the Prosperity’s sailors into service, Margaret and Derrick must work together if they are to reach England. But can they ever learn to trust each other enough to allow love into their hearts?

Of this sequel to PATRIOT’S HEART, one reviewer said, “This tale is filled with adventure and conflict and woven well with history. The high seas and British society challenge both characters to grow in ways they never imagined and a far greater gift awaits both Margaret and Derrick. Faith is handled well and it is fun to see Margaret, a secondary character in Patriot's Heart, get her own story and see her lost dreams redeemed in surprising ways.”

Penelope Marzec Penelope Marzec grew up along the Jersey shore, heard stories about Captain Kidd, and dug for his buried treasure. All she got was a bad case of poison ivy. Deciding books were better than buried treasure, she discovered romance novels and was soon hooked on happy endings. She became an early childhood educator and found her own hero in an electrical engineer who grew up in Brooklyn, played the accordion, and was immune to poison ivy. Now retired, Penelope either writes her stories or paints seascapes in oils. Sometimes she sings while her husband plays the accordion.

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Published on June 26, 2015 12:18 Tags: historical, revolutionary-war


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