A super women’s retreat

Spending time with other women, away from home and chores and responsibilites, is a rare treat. I recently attended the Macedonia Methodist Women’s Retreat in Amish Country with my cousin, Nancy, and her grand-daughter. We stayed at the luxurious Carlisle Inn in Sugar Creek where the food was delicious and and ambience was perfect. But most of all we learned about 3 super charities and the good they are doing in the world: Restore Innocence (rehabilitating human trafficking victims) Nehemiah Mission (local Cleveland charity) and Camphor Mission Station in Liberia, Africa (providing midwife & birthing supplies to reduce infant and new-mother mortality). My eyes were opened to these needs in the world and the super women actively striving to meet the demand. Please google the names if you wish more info. And here’s a photo of my cousin and her grand-daughter.

Have a lovely week, readers. At least for today I refuse to whine. We have it so good in this country compared to the rest of the world. Let us all be grateful.

Anybody have a young adult in the household?

Because if you do K. Dawn Byrd has a new book out. Shattered Identity is the sequel the Mistaken Identity, which sold more than all of her other books combined and was one of her publisher’s 10 picks when they decided to go to print. She’s giving away a giftcard for a free download to one lucky reader who posts a comment. Below is the blurb for Shattered Identity and also a link if you’d like read an excerpt.

Lexi Branson thinks she’s found the guy of her dreams. So what if he’s older? Her new motto is, “Love knows no boundaries or age limits.” Zack Bane loves her and treats her like a princess and that’s all that matters.
Lexi soons discovers that she doesn’t know Zack as well as she thought. He has secrets, the kind that shatter the lives of those who love him. When faced with the truth, Lexi tries to hang onto him because she has a secret of her own.
When Lexi ends up in danger, she discovers she has no one to turn to except her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy. Can Jeremey, who is still in love with her, keep her safe from Zack? When faced with a choice will Lexi choose to stay with the guy who has become a stranger or will she choose Jeremy, the guy who loves her with all his heart?
Well  I’m off to North Carolina for the BRMCWC. I can’t wait to meet old and new friends, take classes, work on a new proposal, and most of all soak in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. Places on earth don’t get any prettier than Ridgecrest NC. have a lovely weekend, readers!

The winner of last week’s drawing and a new guest

Good Tuesday morning, readers. You probably thought I forgot to announce the winner, no? Actually, I’ve been buried trying to finish Love Comes to Harmony, part 2 of my New Beginings series. Hooray, it’s done except for a proofreading and the recipes. Without further ado, our winner of Promised to Another, part 3 of The Amish of Seymour series by Laura Hilton is Jane Squires! Congrats, Jane, I’m sending Laura your e-mail address. She will contact you to about your free signed copy. Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing.

No romantic fiction to offer this week. Today I’m honored to showcase Cynthia Simmons who wrote a self-help devotional book for those who struggle with some of life’s most difficult issues. She has a new companion study guide. Here’s more about Cynthia’s book, Struggles and Triumphs: What’s wrong with our world? Shouldn’t a God who claims to be all powerful and flawless prevent suffering? How can we continue to believe when storms rage on in our lives? If you’ve ever had tough questions like these Struggles and Triumphs Study Guide is the book for you. Author Cynthia L. Simmons will guide you toward answers with her unique and enlightening approach. Her twelve-week Bible study for ladies comes from stories of real women as told in Struggles and Triumphs: Women in History Who Overcame. As you study, you’ll come to understand God’s perspective on timeless issues that impact your life. The carefully chosen Scriptures combined with interesting historical information will challenge and encourage you.

Cynthia was born in Chattanooga, TN. Her parents named her Cynthia Lynn so that she’d have the same initials as her father, C.L. Thomas. At six she professed faith in Jesus Christ. She graduated from Tennessee Temple High School as Class Salutatorian. In 2004 she joined Christian Authors Guild (CAG) and has served as chaplain, conference director, vice president and president. Members awarded her Lifetime Membership in 2009. Cynthia’s writing appeared in CAG publications, NATHHAN NEWS, Chattanooga Regional Historical Magazine, Georgia Right to Life Newsletter, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Catholic Exchange, and Christian Devotions. us. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs came out in 2008. While promoting her book, she had interviews on radio and TV across the nation, and was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the year.
Please leave a comment for Cynthia for a chance to win a free copy of Struggles & Triumphs, a book we all need at some point in our lives.
Have a lovely week, readers. It’s raining in Ohio and that’s fine with me…I just planted my tomatos. Spring has sprung and I’m one happy camper!