“Impressed! Yes, that's how Mr. Pura left me after reading this first volume in the new Preacher Man series. Different from anything I have read from this author before, I will certainly be on the lookout for the next volumes!” (Marian Baay, Amazon Reviews)
*****A suspenseful, gripping tale which will force you to examine your prejudices and beliefs, March 12 2014
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Jude, the Preacher Man, has been told to forget his previous identity and vocation. However, a series of murders forces him to call upon the knowledge he has from his previous life. People around him are oblivious to the very real, though mostly unseen, battle between good and evil. Jude will need both spiritual and physical weapons for this battle, which could very well be a battle for his very life.
Murray Pura skillfully weaves a story reminiscent of Frank Peretti's, This Present Darkness. This suspenseful, gripping tale will force you to examine your prejudices and beliefs. It's not a story for the faint of heart, but a rousing call to victory in Jesus Christ.
Marcus, son of Senator Decimus Varitor, is a decanus in the Roman cohort in Jerusalem. His tribune hints at a promotion to centurion if Marcus can bring in Barabbas. There are really only two things Marcus really wants—to be a centurion and to win the love of an Egyptian girl. When Meskhanet is sent to Rome on a slave ship and Marcus is captured by the very brigand he’s supposed to apprehend, those hopes may both evaporate faster than a small puddle under the hot desert sun.
“Anne Baxter Campbell has created the perfect hero—with his flaws and all. She has created the perfect heroine—one who doesn’t want to fall in love. She has created the perfect story—one filled with conflict that will keep you turning the pages. A masterful portrait of the First Century painted with both history and romance.”
“Author Anne Baxter Campbell has done it again, releasing yet another page-turning thriller, laced with romance and tension. Don’t miss it!”
***Kathi Macias (www.kathimacias.com) is the author of more than 40 books. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Al.
Anne Baxter Campbell is a pretty typical wife, mom, and grandma with a passion for inspiring people to take one step closer to God. Anne and her husband live in Northern California with one large cat and one small dog.
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It is 1775. Rose Lantz Daniels - mother, grandmother, and wife - is celebrating her 65th birthday surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She has much to thank God for as she tells both God and the people around her. But storm clouds are brooding over The Thirteen Colonies and Rose and Ethan and their family are about to be swept up in the cataclysm of the American Revolution. Violence and armed rebellion are not things Rose has ever embraced as a good Amish woman and she has spent a lifetime avoiding them. But now they are about to tear the bonds of her family apart.
The Amazon Kindle link for “The Rose of Saratoga County – Volume 1 – The Thirteen Colonies” is : http://amzn.to/1qwwBdT
For some, it's impossible to let go.
In this collection of short stories:
The Passing of Things
I sense the tiniest pang on the edge of Mica’s thoughts. He is thinking of his sleeping chamber in Haven-Rest. Sparse though it was, it was home and it was warm. Here, high in the Crescendo Mountains in late autumn, there is only the cold and wind.
If Only to Say Goodbye
People had warned Rick about the man and his strange ways, but he couldn’t be dissuaded. He had to find the man who could send him back in time.
We were walking away when he read my mind.
“You want to go back?” he said. He was leading the way, nearly a giant walking beside me, radiant beyond words.
We stopped as snow started falling lightly through the night sky. Streetlights illuminated the dancing flakes. The sight was odd and strangely exciting. Snow.
“It’s New Year’s Eve,” the angel said.
He had started back toward the shanty when the air stirred lightly, suddenly, and he heard a moan full and low.
She stood where the tree had been with her naked back to him, facing the morning sun. Long black hair brushed against her shoulders and the curve of her arms. “Clarissa,” Tommin breathed.
The Amazon Kindle link for “Darker Passages” is: http://amzn.to/1lvvszK
The characters from Kathi Macias’ Twelve Days of Christmas: Volume 8, Yankee Doodle Christmas, return in the new series Remembering for Ruth. God gets the glory, but will Matthew get the girl?
Margot Goodharte and her mother-in-law, Ruth, plan to spend a rainy January morning baking snickerdoodles. A household accident leaves Margot unconscious on the pantry floor, while Ruth, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, mentally returns to her girlhood during World War II. Neighbor Sue comes to the rescue when she drops in for a visit and notices something amiss.
Confusion breaks out when Ruth tells a police officer responding to Sue’s call for an ambulance that her sister has been shot. Meanwhile, Margot’s husband, Paul, assumes that Ruth is the accident victim Sue calls him to report, so he calls his brother, Matthew, who is the black sheep of the family. Paul thinks perhaps his mother requires more care than his wife can provide for her. Brother Matthew doesn’t want his mother living in an institution—but he does want to learn more about neighbor Sue. Meanwhile, Mrs. Delsey wants to help, but frets over the pastor’s family’s good name. Or is it the historic parsonage she feels a need to defend?
Sheila Seiler Lagrand, Ph.D. is a lifelong Californian currently living in the rural foothills of Orange County with her husband, Rich, and two dogs. An anthropologist by training, she is fascinated by people’s relationships to one another and to God. Her latest releases include Kathi Macias’ Twelve Days of Christmas, Volume 8: Yankee Doodle Christmas and the collaborative novelette, The San Francisco Wedding Planner, Volume 1: The Initial Consultation. Her work has appeared recently in two volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul and in Wounded Women of the Bible. You can find her blog, Godspotting with Sheila, at http://sheilalagrand.com.
Shela’s story is available on Amazon Kindle,Kobo and Barnes and Noble Nook.
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Seventeen-year-old Noelle is unmarried and pregnant, and her Christian parents are pressuring her to get an abortion so they can save face within their church community. Tortured by the heartbreaking decision she's facing, Noelle finds it difficult to concentrate when she goes to her part-time barista job two days before Christmas. Her manager Carla notices, discovers the problem, and offers just the solution Noelle needs. Now all they have to do is convince Noelle’s parents to go along with it.
The Amazon Kindle link for the story is: http://www.amazon.com/Kathi-Macias-Days-Christmas-Protecting-ebook/dp/B00IOVU8MC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1394455455&sr=1-1&keywords=mishael+austin+witty
Mishael Austin Witty is a professional editor and the internationally bestselling author of SHADOWS OF THINGS TO COME, a Christian thriller/suspense novel, and BELIEVE IN ME, a sweet contemporary romance novella. She is also the author of a zombie fairy tale, CAMPANULA (a zombified retelling of Rapunzel, complete with zombies, angels, and everlasting love) and THE FALLING SUN (Sunset’s Hope, Book One), a full-length historical novel set during the American Civil War period. All are currently available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook versions.
Ms. Witty’s love of books began when she was very young. She wrote her first story at the age of four and (almost) never looked back. She took a brief break from writing fiction to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology before realizing that her first love, literature, was also her strongest. So she succumbed to the pull of her attraction to the written word and became an editor. A few years later, she wrote, and self-published, her first book, SHADOWS OF THINGS TO COME (2006).
In addition to her books, which are all self-published (to date), Ms. Witty has written several highly acclaimed flash fiction works that can be found on sites such as Faithwriters, The Iron Writer, and Colors of My Soul. One of her stories, “Today You Will Be With Me”, won an Editor’s Choice Award and appeared in the Faithwriters anthology, A Year of Celebration (2005).
She lives in Louisville, KY, with her husband, two daughters, and two feline fur babies. You can connect with her online via Facebook, Twitter (@woweditor12), or either of her websites: http://www.wittyonlineditor.com and http://www.bluebrownbooks.com.
“We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Thomas Jefferson turned over in his sleep.
That document – they tore what I wrote apart. I must talk to Ben Franklin and John Adams. They have to persuade the Continental Congress to restore my original wording before the delegates sign it.
And so the saga begins.
The “Declaration of Independence” series brings to life the crafting and signing of the World famous document as told through the eyes of Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Francis Lewis.
Best- Selling author Murray Pura also includes recipes for Corn Bread and Colonial Braised Rabbit with “Volume 1 – Thomas Jefferson”.
Fast Fact- There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence.
There is a simple message, written upside-down across the bottom of the signed document: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” No one knows who exactly wrote this or when, but during the Revolutionary War years the parchment was frequently rolled up for transport. It’s thought that the text was added as a label.
“Thomas Jefferson” is available on Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Kobo.
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Dubrowsky’s inhumane treatment of Daniel in the prison camp threatens Daniel’s life and erodes his faith. His dreams of reuniting with Luise become a slim thread that barely holds his sanity together. Meanwhile, Luise cares for Tatiana Bakunin, a young Russian woman suffering from post-partum depression, even though the woman’s husband serves the Soviet. As rumors of Daniel’s death grow and the Soviet system closes in, Luise must live one day a time according to God’s grace.
Janice L. Dick began writing intentionally in 1989, then continued to learn through courses and conferences. In 2001 she began her first novel, followed by two sequels. These historical novels were released in 2002, 2003, and 2004, the first two winning first place in The Word Guild's Canadian Christian Writing Awards. The third was shortlisted for the same award.
Besides one more completed historical novel and a sequel as yet unfinished, Janice has also written a contemporary cozy, book reviews, guest blogs, articles, short stories, devotionals, stories for children, and a bit of poetry.
Her editing experience includes a church history book, two chap books, a devotional volume, a women's event book, several children's books and an annual women's conference magazine. She has mentored other writers, and her writing memberships include a local writing group, Saskatoon group His Imprint, InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship, American Christian Fiction Writers and past member of The Word Guild and Saskatchewan Writers Guild. She is an Advanced Toastmaster Silver.
Janice lives with her husband on a farm on the Canadian prairies. They have three married children and nine amazing grandchildren.
Jude Aaron Blackstone has a new name, a new face, and a new life. Now a pastor at Blue Sky Baptist Church in Montana, Jude can leave in the past his tumultuous years as a special agent who brought the wealthy and powerful to justice when they mixed devil worship with criminal activity. But the devil and his disciples have a way of popping up where they are least expected and suddenly Jude is caught up in a bizarre series of murders that leave no clues and which are difficult to explain or investigate.The targets are Christian ministers in the community, the body count is rising, and Jude is forced to return to his old skills and way of life in order to catch a killer from hell who has slated Jude as the next victim.
Murray Andrew Pura was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1986, Pura has served five churches in Canada and headlined numerous speaking engagements in Canada and the United States. He has five books published, was a contributor to the Life With God Bible, has been a finalist for The Paraclete Fiction Award, The Dartmouth Book Award, and The John Spencer Hill Literary Award, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Kobzar Literary Award of Canada.
Visit Murray Pura’s website: http://www.murraypura.com/