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Posted on December 4, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
In the Nativity story I would want to be one of the wise men. Not because, I think I’m wise, but imagine their excitement when they discovered there was a change in the night sky, a glowing star that held a message, the arrival of a King.
At first glance it may have appeared as a twinkle, something a little of out the normal. Being wise men, there was much study and discussion until the star’s brilliance didn’t allow for argument. Prophesy had come to pass, the Messiah had arrived.
Now they bustled around their offices and homes packing and planning for their long journey always with one eye on the star. They rode through the heat of the day always with one eye on the star. They set up camp at night always with one eye on the star.
Trusting, always trusting the stars message they traveled through foreign lands. Many days turned into years before their journey ended. Their eyes left the star and gazed at a boy king. They bowed before their Savior and gifted Him with frankincense, gold and myrrh.
The wise men’s story reminds me of my own faith journey. What started out as a small movement in my heart has turned into a long journey filled with joys, challenges and occasional doubts yet I always keep my eyes Heavenward and trust that long ago star’s message. A Savior was born to the world. Our Savior was born to world. An exciting event worth celebrating!
Posted on November 20, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
I’m thankful for the all of the wonderful people I’ve met through my writing. My writing has helped me connect with old friends, classmates, readers, and other writers. I have writing friends and colleagues throughout the United States, Canada and recently, Australia! That is something I never dreamed of or even considered when I started to follow the writing urge pressing down on my heart. God really opened up my world and for that I’m THANKFUL!
With that in mind, it’s no wonder I write inspirational romances. Characters in romance novels are surrounded by friends who have their best interest at heart, follow their dreams and find love, or reconnect and find love. In honor of characters reconnecting and finding love, I’m giving away a copy of my current release, Wedding on the Rocks, to one lucky winner. The contest runs until November 30th. All you need to do it leave a comment!
When she traded small-town life for the bright lights of Chicago, Jennifer Edwards yearned to discover a world beyond Faith, South Dakota. So when her father’s illness calls her home to run their cattle ranch, she tells herself it’s temporary. Then why is she even thinking about a future with archaeology professor Brett Lange-the boy she left behind-whose life’s work is digging up the past?
Twelve years ago, Brett had a crush on Jennifer the size of the T-rex that put his hometown on the map. Now she’s a citified magazine editor who prefers designer duds to dungarees. Except that’s not the real Jennifer. Brett needs to make her see how a little faith can go a long way in uniting two perfectly-in-sync hearts.
Posted on November 6, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
Growing up, we had one television (it was black and white) and three stations to watch, four if you counted PBS. Can you imagine? Most younger people can’t. Although I don’t miss the black and white television-everything really is better in living color!-I do miss the quality television shows we used to watch.
That Girl was a favorite of mine. Watching it made me dream of leaving the small town we lived in to live and work in the big city. Although that never happened, I still relate to the single girl struggle brought to life every week by Anne Marie aka Marlo Thomas. This show is currently shown on Me TV, unfortunately not at a time I can watch it and not on a televison (yes we have more than one!) that I can record on.
Another show I absolutely LOVED as a young girl was Alias Smith and Jones. Not only were the actors cute, but the entire premise spoke to the writer in me. A sheriff gives two outlaws amnesty along with new names so they will work for him. However, they are the only three people who know this, so they are always being spotted and chased for the rewards on their heads while trying to right their wrongs. I found this series on DVD a few years ago and snapped it right up so I can watch it anytime I want too. Now the problem is finding the time to watch the DVD.
Are there any televison shows you’d like to experience again?
Posted on October 23, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
I grew up in a small town, about 250 then, and knew everyone in town and the surrounding area. Marcine Smith was no exception. I can’t remember not knowing her. She was my aunt’s friend and my friend’s mom and eventually, a famous person, at least to me.
Marcine was a published author. She wrote short stories for Redbook and the True Magazines before she wrote romance novels for Silhouette Romance. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to purchased her first book and get it autographed! I admired her so much. Little did I know she was admiring me.
While I was star struck proud to know a published novelist, Marcine had seen a talent in me.
She’d read short stories I wrote for our school newspaper and told my mom, your daughter is a story teller. She needs to write. Being a teenager, I thought yeah sure. But Marcine was persistent telling my mom this until I was well in my twenties. Finally, I took her advice, enrolled in a correspondence writing course and never looked back.
When I published my first few short stories, she was as happy as my family was for me and asked me to send her copies, which I promptly did. Any time I felt like throwing in the towel, I thought of Marcine and forged on. After all, she wasn’t a woman to mince words and I didn’t want to try and explain why I stopped writing if I ran into her. And deep inside I was hoping she was as proud of me as I was of her.
God needed Marcine in Heaven long before I published my first romance novel, but her son, my oldest friend, told me how proud his mother would be of me. It made my day.
Although Marcine probably didn’t know it, she was my mentor. This small town girl saw another small town girl dreaming big and it rubbed off. I can’t remember ever saying it to her, so I will now.
Thank you, Marcine.
Posted on October 9, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
The acreage my husband and I live on is bordered by two fields farmed by two separate farmers. Neither field is irrigated so the two separate farmers prepare their soil, plant their seed, and leave the rest to God.
Most years both farmers reap their harvest of golden ears of corn or dried soy bean pods. Yet in the thirteen years we’ve lived on this acreage, we’ve seen straight line winds flatten a corn crop, flood waters wash sections of their crops away, and a drought dry up plants before they could mature. Yet every spring both farmers return to their fields, prepare the soil, plant the seed and trust God to provide the right amount of moisture and sunshine to produce a marketable harvest.
Everyone can learn a lesson from these dry land farmers. They are tireless stewards of the land. They prepare and care for the soil so the seeds they sow will grow into a bountiful harvest. As Christian’s we need to be mindful of doing God’s work on earth. Sometimes we grow weary trying to do ‘good’ in a world that rewards bad behavior and sin yet what could be a better bountiful harvest than living in Heaven with God after our earthly lives are over?
The good work God instructs us to do isn’t always hard. Here are a few examples:
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Is there an elderly person in your neighbor or family that seems forgotten? Call them, send them a card, or drop by for a visit.
Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Keep your words kind.
Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Be happy!
Proverbs 11:18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. Always be honest.
These instructions are simple and basic yet can help reap a Heavenly harvest. Please comment and share any examples of your own.
Posted on September 25, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
I can’t tell you the year I joined goodreads as a reader, but I can tell you that as a writer I’ve never utilized it to its full advantage.
Recently, I attended a writer’s workshop where Lyn Cote spoke. It was her opinion that if a writer was going to spend valuable writing time on social networks, it should be goodreads. After all that’s where readers are.
Hmmm….as a writer WHY hadn’t I thought of that? The point Lyn made about goodreads ‘crawling’ with readers that just may want to read your book struck a chord with me. She did suggest not using goodreads to just push your books. Her suggestion was to join goodreads groups in the genre you write. Leave comments on conversation threads and then when your book releases make an announcement. Hopefully, you’ll have built relationships with readers and that will help the sale of your book.
I have to admit that I became very active on goodreads for about a week after the workshop. Since that time, around thirty days, I’ve slacked off again, but I’m determined to test Lyn’s theory so I’m going to make it a goal to visit goodreads daily and leave at least one comment on a thread.
What do you think of goodreads? Is this a good place for a writer to connect to their readers?
Posted on September 11, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
- Enjoying a good book in a long bath
- Godiva chocolates
- Cozy Mysteries
- McDonald’s Strawberry Lemonade (yes, I’ll have winter withdrawals!)
- Hobby Lobby
- Dark chocolate covered pecans
- XM/Sirrus Radio
- Grimm, Castle and Longmire television shows
- Dark chocolate covered cranberries
- Browsing antique stores
Do you share any of my indulgences?
Since we know most of our Inksper friends have reading on their list of guilty pleasures, we’re giving away a (gently used)copy of Sarah Sundin’s On Distant Shores to one lucky reader this week, and a copy of Laura’s Love’s Awakening to another reader. Every time you leave a comment over the next two weeks, your name will be entered.
Posted on August 28, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents line have some wonderful covers. What’s EVEN better than their lovely covers are the stories inside! The Heartsong Presents line of books are aimed at book club members, but since Harlequin acquired the line from Barbour you can find them online on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in addition to other online book stores.
If you want to join the book club to have these fine books delivered right to your house, visit the Harlequin Reader’s Service page at http://www.readerservice.com/. Members receive four books a month, two historical and two contemporary. Maybe you don’t have time to read four books a month, but you can donate them to a woman’s shelter, your church library or they make lovely gifts.
I don’t mean this post to be shameless self-promotion since it’s my publisher (Shannon’s too!), but the covers on these books are wonderful and you can’t find them on store shelves. If you’d like to view the covers of upcoming releases for the Heartsong Presents line visit the Harlequin website.
Posted on August 14, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
Whether a child attends a public, private or Christian school or is schooled at home, in order to learn the student and teacher must develop a relationship. So today I’m posting two short prayers I found online, one for children and one for teachers.
Child’s Prayer for Teachers
In your goodness you gave us teachers to instruct and train us in all useful knowledge.
Bless them with strength and patience to guide us in our learning journey. Amen.
A Teacher’s Prayer
that each and every student is a precious one of a kind.
Posted on July 31, 2013 - by Rose Ross Zediker
This blog topic reminds me of grade school. Every year the first week of school, our class took turns standing in the front of the room and telling the other children what we did over our summer vacation!
Normally, my husband and I travel during the winter. We are in pursuit of a warm climate where we can ‘snowbird’ in our retirement years. So far we’ve ‘toured’ two areas of Texas and the Tucson, AZ area, but this year we skipped that trip.
Now, we are working in a short vacation in September before I need to be in Deadwood, SD for a speaking engagement. I guess you could say we are mixing business with pleasure this year.
We plan to visit Yellowstone Park (we call it Jellystone…anyone else old enough to get that joke?) for a few days before heading back to western South Dakota. I have a feeling that our time in Yellowstone will not be long enough and in the furture we’ll make a trip to see other parts of the park, but it will have to do for now.
Have you been to Yellowstone? If so, what was your favorite area of the park?