Inksper Updates – February 2016

Welcome to our monthly Inksper update post! It’s a day we’ll use to celebrate good news and spread word about new Inksper books or any other updates that come about during the month.

Lassoed by MarriageCongratulations to Rose Ross Zediker! Her new release, The Lassoed by Marriage Novella Collection, in which she collaborated with eight other authors, made the Top 20 ECPA List for Christian fiction! Look at #18 on the list >here<.

Coloring Book for WritersColoring books for adults are the big craze right now, and our own Linda Fulkerson has created two coloring book especially for authors! Check out the books >here<.

Coming Home Series 4-in-1 Box SetAnd Brenda Anderson has put her Coming Home Series into one nice box set for ebook readers. All four ebooks for only $9.99! You can purchase the set >here<.

A Season of Gifts + A Giveaway!

This book is aimed at pre-teens and has quite a bit of humor in it. It is a historical book set in a small southern town in the 1950’s. SO…baby boomers can read this book and related to many of the scenarios that the main character faces. Plus it’s a great reminder that the spirit of Christmas is needed all year even from a self-proclaimed non-church goer.

I purchased this book when it released and usually read it every year. Spoiler alert, you will laugh out loud and then turn around and cry. Richard Peck is a very skillful writer!

What is the Christmas book that you like to read over and over?

Today I’m giving away a copy of Dakota Love. Leave a comment with your email address to be entered to win.

Dakota Love

 

Fund Raiser Cook Books

This is my ‘go to’ cook book. I’ve had it for 34 years and made many delicious recipes. In my opinion, these are the best kinds of cook books because they are someone else’s tried and true family favorites.

I have many of these kinds of cook books. One has our favorite quiche recipe. One has our favorite rhubarb pie recipe. But I must admit the one that I’m sharing is my favorite cook book. Why? Because I found a cookie recipe that when I make it becomes everyone favorite. As you can see…I even renamed it!

Cookbook 1

I make these cookies almost every Christmas. You can change up the frosting. Caramel pecan is yummy! You can sprinkle the frosting with decorator sugar or crushed candy canes.

Do you have a fund raiser type cook book?

 

 

Making a List…and Checking It Twice!

What tops this writer’s Christmas list? Therapeutic items to relieve my body of the rigors of sitting for long periods of time.

 

 

The first item is gift certificates for a massage. If you’ve never had a massage, you will be surprised to find the Christmas massagetight muscles the massage therapist finds during your massage. You will also be relaxed and rejuvenated to get back to your writing. The added bonus to a massage is you have one hour filled with quiet to think about your story, characters and plot.

 

 

Second on my list is Chai Latte pods for my Keurig or any type of Chai tea. Chai tea isn’t simply a drink to sip. It has health benefits to boot. The milk or milk substitute supplies protein and calcium needed to build muscles and bones, while the chai tea contains healthy antioxidants that may help prevent disease.

The third item is something I’ve never tried, but would love to. A shoulder warmer! I try to wrap quilts around Christmas Shoulder warmermy shoulders to keep them warm however the movement of my arms while typing makes it slip off. This is a perfect solution to my problem, don’t you think?

 

 

Have any of these items made your list?

 

 

Attitude of Gratitude

We all heard the saying: Have an attitude of gratitude.

 

It’s a great sentiment, but sometimes hard to practice in our busy lives. Let’s face it. Life is stressful.

 

Teachers reprimand.

 

Bosses yell.

 

Children argue.

 

Spouses disappoint.

 

During those times it’s hard to keep an attitude of gratitude, isn’t it?

 

Yet if we are grateful for everything we have, no matter how small, we can weather the tough days.

Gratitude 1

Here a few little things I thank God for that help me keep my ‘attitude of gratitude’ on difficult days.

 

  • A favorite song on the radio
  • A co-worker’s sense of humor
  • A husband that cooks breakfast and/or starts dinner
  • The beautiful fall leaves
  • Glistening snow (yep, I like snow and wintertime!)
  • My granddaughter’s laughter
  • My mobility

 

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Can you add more to my list?

Quilts!

So far this year, I’ve made four quilt tops.

Two are gifts and two are for me!

Do I need another quilt? Not really!

Does that stop me from making them? Not really!

 

Quilt for blogThe last quilt I made is my Epiphany quilt. I have several Christmas quilts, but this one is for the twelve days after Christmas. Why? Because the fabric has the three Kings looking for Jesus. When I found the printed fabric, I knew what color I’d use for a coordinate fabric and what quilt block pattern I’d use because they are significant to the Epiphany.

The block is a Zig-Zag pattern. I chose this to signify the Kings returning via an alternate route(s) so King Herod didn’t find the Christ child. The coordinate fabric is purple-the color of royalty. I don’t have a quilting machine so I hire someone else to finish the quilt. I told her the story and she chose a wandering quilt stitch, again to signify the different return paths of the Kings.

 

 

Autumn Reading

Who does love the splendor of fall colors? There is no better way to enjoy them than sitting in the warm sunshine and reading a good book.

My fall release pick is Jan Karon’s new book, Come Rain or Come Shine. This book is an extension of her Mitford series of which I’m a huge fan. I have added this book to my Christmas wish list because books make terrific gifts!

Here is a little about the book:

Over the course of ten Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.

Now, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding Mitfordsimple.

So the plan is to eliminate the cost of catering and do potluck. Ought to be fun.

An old friend offers to bring his well-known country band. Gratis.

And once mucked out, the barn works as a perfect venue for seating family and friends.

Piece of cake, right?

In Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It’s a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you’re invited—because you’re family.

By the way, it’s a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what’s a good wedding without a good cry?

 

So, readers and writers, are you a fan of Jan Karon’s Mitford series?

 

St. Jude + Giveaway

An organization near and dear to my heart is St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I’m a member of a Epsilon Sigma Alpha which is a sorority who supports the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

ESA is a national organization with state and local chapters. The chapter I belong to holds a Tour of Tables salad luncheon every spring. All the money they raise at these events goes to the hospital.

For those of you who don’t know, St. Jude Children’s Hospital treats children with various types of cancer for FREE. Yep…every patient who enters the door receives FREE care.

ESA ensignaYou can read more about ESA and St. Jude here:

http://www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/Homepage

https://www.stjude.org/

Now on to the giveaway!

Hungry for Home (Coming Home series finale) officially releases September 22
You may pre-order the book at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014QAASFQ/. It will be available in paperback & on Nook as well. I won’t have those links until closer to the 22nd.
In short, Hungry for Home is about a homeless teen who mugs a woman. Rather than press charges, the woman and her husband take the teen into their home.
 
Back cover blurb:

After a troubling encounter with a pregnant teen, Sheila Peterson-Brooks hurries from the crisis pregnancy center into the frigid Minnesota winter where she is mugged and left for dead. After a frantic search, Richard, her husband, finds her, and the police quickly nab the mugger … 

A hungry, homeless teen. 
The brother of the pregnant girl Sheila had just counseled. 

The girl pleads for her brother, and Sheila and Richard choose not to press charges. Instead, they open their home to the boy, a move that could cost them their possessions, and their hearts. 

And, in the process, teach them the true meaning of home.

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My Favorite Psalm

Psalm 139 is my favorite verses in the Bible. Every line of this psalm speaks to my spirit. This is the verse I turn to in good times and bad. It reminds that God is always with me and I am right where He wants me to be-whether that is where I think I should be or not!

 

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,     and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;     you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;     you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue     you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before,     and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,  too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?     Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there;     if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,     if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me,     your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me     and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;     the night will shine like the day,     for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;     your works are wonderful,     I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you     when I was made in the secret place,     when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;     all the days ordained for me were written in your book     before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!     How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them,     they would outnumber the grains of sand—     when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!     Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent;     your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,     and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them;     I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart;     test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me,     and lead me in the way everlasting.