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Animals & Authors with Barbara Britton

Writing – they say – is a solitary occupation. But is it? Really?

Today we welcome author Barbara M. Britton.

QPQ: Introduce us to your pets.

BB: My family and I are the proud owners of “the cat that won the lottery.” Her nickname autumn_on_clothes_brittonwas given by the farmer who would have gotten rid of her, but she was too small to find.  Our boys found her under some hay in a barn. We could either take the kitten home, or our friend was going to let his Labrador finish the job–so to speak. Our new addition rode home clinging to my sweater and wondering where all the hay had gone. Now she is an inside cat who is very spoiled.

We also have a leopard gecko which was supposed to die before my son went off to college, but he’s still alive!!! My son will be a junior at UW-Madison this year. I feed him live crickets (the gecko, not my son). And yes, I have to take care of the crickets too.

QPQ: Since you’re an author and you come up with names all the time, how did you come up with your pets’ name?

BB: We named our new kitten (now an older cat) Autumn because it was fall when we found her in the hay loft, and she has an orange spot on the top of her head that looks like a leaf. She is fondly referred to as Autumn Bottom. I like the sound.

halo_britton_blogOur gecko is named Halo after a video game.

QPQ: How do your pets help you in your writing?

BB: Autumn is so cute when she sleeps. She’ll be upside down, or have her paw framing her face. When I take a break from writing, her wacky positions make me smile. She also knows when my boys haven’t put their clothes away and she’ll play queen of the mountain. Writing is a solitary activity most of the time, so I like to have Autumn in the house with me. She can’t talk, but she’ll make me take a break from writing to give her some tuna by trying to rub against my leg.

The cricket keeper is by my office, so I hear chirping while I write. Halo indirectly adds to my writing ambience.

QPQ: Have you ever written one of your pets into your story?

BB: No cats have shown up in my stories. I do reference a gecko or skink in my latest novel as my character has a piece of worn wood that looks like a lizard. Skinks, lizards, and geckos are unclean animals in the Bible. You aren’t supposed to touch them. Oh well, we’ve blown that one.

QPQ: Tell us what you have in common with your pets?

BB: Halo’s heat lamp would be wonderful on a cold Wisconsin day. I’m a fan of warmer weather and so is Halo. He has a heat lamp going 24/7.

Autumn and I are the only girls in my house. I used to refer to my living room as the testosterone zone since I always had boys in my house—my own sons and their friends. Autumn would hide out with me in my office when times got rowdy.

Thank you for letting me brag on my pets. I am so grateful to my readers and bloggers. They can find me in the world-wide web at these locations:

Website: www.barbarambritton.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/barbarambritton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Barbara-M-Britton-173432342754243/?ref=bookmarks

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/barbarambritton

Thanks for joining us today, Barbara! For more on Barbara and her latest providence_h12055_680release Providence: Hannah’s Journey, visit her social media links and www.pelicanbookgroup.com.

 

~Candice Sue Patterson

 

Animals & Authors with Michelle Griep

Writing – they say – is a solitary occupation. But is it really? Let’s visit with author Michelle Griep and ask her about her constant companion.

QPQ: Welcome, Michelle! Introduce us to the fuzzy-muzzle of love you’re sharing with us today.

Ada & IMG: I live with a slightly-neurotic . . . wait a minute . . . scratch that. I live with a super-psychotic boxer named Ada Clare. After meeting her mother and father (okay, so, yeah, I’m the psycho here) my husband and I decided to adopt a pup from their litter. We chose the black one. Really she’s brindle, but you can only see brown if the sun shines on her just right. That was 2 ½ years ago and we’ve been loving her ever since.

QPQ: Boxers are such amazing dogs! Since you’re an author and you come up with names all the time, how did you come up with Ada Clare?

MG:I’m a Dickens freak and Bleak House is one of my favorites of his. Ada Clare is a sweet but strong character in that story.

IMG_8963QPQ: I wondered if Bleak House was the inspiration for your Ada Clare! How does Ada help you in your writing?

MG: Being that I live in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, she keeps my feet warm. Or if she lays on them too long, they go numb.

QPQ: Oh my. Can’t relate to that kind of cold! Have you ever written one of your pets into a story?

MG: Not one of mine but one of my mom’s. She seriously had the world’s ugliest dog. In my new release written with co-author Kelly Klepfer, we wrote in a pup that only a mother could love.

IMG_8990QPQ: Let me guess… that would be Fifi The Wonder Dog! Tell us three things you and Ada have in common.

MG: One, we love treats and snoozing. Two, taking walks is one of our favorite things to do. Three, chin whiskers. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

QPQ: Too funny, Michelle! Thank you for visiting here at the Quid Pro Quills. Where can readers find your new release?

MG: For zany fun with the world’s ugliest dog, check out my co-authored release of OUT OF THE FRYING PAN.

Murder in Paradise whips life into a froth for Fern and Zula Hopkins. When the retirement center’s chef is found dead, the two ladies get folded in with the case. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be concerned about their safety—or the criminal’s?

But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all…broken hearts, especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.

Life at Sunset Paradise Retirement Village will never be the same.

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View More: http://bethanyaleshire.pass.us/michellekellyMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. Historical romance is her usual haunt, THE CAPTIVE HEART her latest release. Follow her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

 

~ Jericha Kingston

 

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A Different Kind of Poverty

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Clarence’s quote from “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

At the food bank where I volunteer, I met a woman whose entire future hinges on her coming up with about $400 in six weeks. Tears filled her eyes as she explained the situation to me. She’s an addict, and she’d been arrested. The judge had given her the opportunity to prove herself sober by taking a drug test each week. He’d ordered her to complete a course. If she did those things, he’d dismiss the felony charges, and she’d walk away with a clean record.

She’d stayed sober, but the drug tests are $50 each. She took the course, but to get the certificate, she has to pay $75. And her lawyer won’t give her any advice, because she has no money to pay him.

Her whole life was on the line for the sake of about $400.

I asked her if she had any family who could help. Nope. She’d burned all her bridges with her family, and they wouldn’t help her any longer.

I inquired about friends, but apparently the people she was closest to were other addicts, and they didn’t have the money to help her and, since she’d quit using, she’d cut off ties with them.

“I know it’s my own fault,” she said more than once. “I brought it on myself. This is what I deserve.”

What she deserves? The thought of getting what I deserve gives me chills. I don’t want justice when it comes to my own sins. I long for mercy and grace.

I have a God who offers both, and I shared that truth with her and prayed for her. I wish I could have done more, but aside from the strict never-give-money-or-rides-to-clients policy at the food bank, if I gave money to everybody who needed it, I’d be a client myself.

So after I gave her some phone numbers to organizations where she could seek help and counsel, we prayed together, she got a few grocery sacks of food, then we sent her on her way.

I couldn’t stop thinking about that woman’s poverty. It wasn’t just her extreme financial need—that’s one kind of poverty, to be sure. What bothered me more was her poverty of spirit. It was her poverty of hope. It was her poverty of relationships.

Tweet this: Poverty comes in many forms: of hope, of spirit, of friends. Even those without money can offer love.

I thank God for the scripture, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:30). She was a woman who understood her own poverty, and I continue to pray that the Lord will reach out to her in her need.

I walked out of the food bank that day thinking of all the people I could call upon if I were in need. I have a family who loves me. I have friends who love me. I have a church that loves me. If I needed $400 and told a few people, I’d have it by noon. Not because I’m something special, but because the Lord has blessed me with wonderful and generous people in my life. And I don’t deserve them. In fact, I deserve no more than that poor woman at the food bank does, but the Lord has shown me mercy and grace despite my egregious sins, and a lot of that has come in the form of the wonderful people he’s put in my life.

So I thank God today for my family and friends. And I hope I always remember that not everybody in the world is as blessed as I am. I pray I’ll be on the lookout for people suffering from poverty—of money, of hope, of relationships, and I hope to have the courage and selflessness to reach out to them when I meet them.

 

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. Her third book, Finding Amanda, was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards and won the 2016 Bookstores Without Borders Lyra Award in the Women’s Fiction category. Its prequel, Chasing Amanda, is currently offered for free at all major retailers. When Robin isn’t writing or caring for her family, she works as a freelance editor at Robin’s Red Pen, where she specializes in Christian fiction. Read excerpts and find out more at her website, robinpatchen.com.

 

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When All Your Choices are BAD

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The American Presidential Election is seven weeks away. Seven weeks of candidate behavior the likes of which are rarely seen outside of an elementary school playground. Lucky us. As far as I can tell, there are twenty-six people looking forward to this election. That’s counting the candidates and their families. The rest of us view it like swallowing a spoonful of castor oil. We know it’s going to be nasty, and we’re pretty sure it’s not going to do us any good.

… I WILL VOTE …

Generations of Americans have bled and died to secure our freedom to vote for our leadership. Even though I’m pretty sure this election isn’t what any of them had in mind, I believe we owe it to them to uphold the basic foundation of our nation by exercising our freedom of self-governance.

Who do you vote for when all the choices are bad? Let’s face it, this year it’s been whittled down to the liar, the jerk, and some minor characters who don’t have a chance to be elected. Not exactly the stuff of legends.

I’m not looking forward to voting. I know who I’m going to vote for, but I’m only voting that way because I think it’s the person who will do the least amount of damage over the next four years. Still, I will vote.

… I WILL ALSO TRUST …

God already knows who our next president will be. He’s already chosen. We know this from Roman 13:1, Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. That’s the verse I have to hang on to this election. God can and will use whoever He puts in that position. Our job, our obligation, is to do our part, cast our vote, and then support with prayer whoever the next president is.

And lest you despair, remember, God has used a talking donkey to accomplish His will. Numbers 22:28, And the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times? Prayerfully make the best choice you can, and then trust that God’s got this.

~ Pegg Thomas

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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in America, Current Events, Pegg Thomas

 

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Kara’s Suspense/Thriller Book Recommendations for September 2016

LEGAL SUSPENSE

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Mike Ortiz is a war hero favored to win the White House.

Erica Sparks is an ambitious tv reporter. out for the truth.

She questions what really happened in the over crowded prison in Al-Qaeda, where Mike spent nine months.

What happens when her daughter’s life is threatened?

You can pre-order you copy now of this newest release by Fox News Analyst Lis Wiehl.

She is also the author of the must-read New York Time’s Bestseller Face of Betrayal.

Hew latest release, The Candidate releases October 4, 2016.

 

Tara Bannister’s abusive stepfather finally pushed her too far. To save herself, she had to kill him. self-incrimination

Or did she?

Defense attorneys expect to catch their clients lying. It’s part of the game.

But Tara’s confession doesn’t add up, and attorney Leslie Conners must overcome more than first-trial jitters

to mount a credible defense. She’ll need to uncover what really happened

. . .and it just may be more shocking than the crime itself.

If you’re not currently a fan of Christian suspense author, pastor and lawyer Randy Singer you will be at the end of this book.

Order your copy here.

THRILLER

vain-empiresThey were stuck on this remote island, all of them. Trapped in this show. No way to stop whatever came next. No way at all.

Six people arrive on a remote island–contestants in the reality show of the century, Dream Prize. The winner will be the person who learns the most facts about the others and gains the most viewer votes. Sounds simple. But the three men and three women soon discover nothing is as expected.

They are alone on the island. Cameras surround them, filming twenty-four hours a day. And their challenge? Discover which of the Seven Deadly Sins each contestant, including themselves, represents.

Turns out each person has a damning secret–one that could ruin his or her life. Those secrets are about to be revealed on live television.

And this is only the beginning of the twists in the game.

Order your copy of Vain Empires today.

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

As a seasoned FBI agent, DARREN TIMMONS has seen it all, but when his precious daughter Savannah is abducted from a Christmas the-christmas-bell-tollswedding party, she quickly becomes the only case that ever mattered. As she is lost somewhere out in the big, dark world of Memphis’ underbelly without her inhaler or her medication, Darren is forced to sit on the sidelines of the investigation and put his faith in the one woman he’s not sure he can trust.

DNA Serologist EVA LANGSTON is still nursing the sting of a breakup from her romance with Darren. Eva doesn’t know if she has the strength to assist when she’s called in to work the case of Darren’s missing little girl. When her name is listed as a possible suspect in the abduction, Eva wants nothing more than to escape, but she can’t bear to leave Darren alone in his desperate search for the little girl she came to love.

As the clock ticks on Savannah’s medical needs, Darren and Eva must work together and learn to trust again, to bring the little girl home. Can their search for Savannah help them find true love again?

If you love suspance (my term for Suspense and Romance🙂 then you can’t go wrong with suspense novelist, Robin Caroll. You can order your copy of The Christmas Bell Tolls and several of her other award-nominated novels from Amazon.

POLITICAL INTRIGUE/SUSPENSE

the-first-hostageWhat if the Islamic State captured the most valuable hostage in history? The president of the United States . . . is missing. With these words, New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, report-ing from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert. The leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for his life, and the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured. As the U.S. government faces a constitutional crisis and Jordan battles for its very existence, Collins must do his best to keep the world informed while working to convince the FBI that his stories are not responsible for the terror attack on the Jordanian capital. And ISIS still has chemical weapons . . .Struggling to clear his name, Collins and the Secret Service try frantically to locate and rescue the leader of the free world before ISIS s threats become a catastrophic reality.

Bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg is the author of several Mystery/Thriller/Suspense novels that have won numerous awards, and also the author of nonfiction and historical novels.

Mr. Rosenberg’s novels are current, relevant, and politically prophetic with international suspense and intrigue masterfully woven in. Order your copy of The First Hostage today.

 

Kara writes layered suspense thrillers and is an ACFW Genesis 2013 Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category. BlogPhoto Resized

She’ll also continue to keep you updated on some of the best reads in Christian fiction suspense.

To contact Kara, email her at fictionwithfaith@gmail.com or by clicking the below link:

@KaraHunt2016 on Twitter

 

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in Book Recommendations, Kara Hunt, Writing

 

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To Walk on Water… You First Need to Get Out of the Boat

boat-677781_640Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear.  

 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”

“Come!” He said.

And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. 

Matthew 14:25-29 (HCSB)

Peter trusted Jesus and took that step of faith. He got out of the boat. Peter was able to do something miraculous…. until he took his eyes off Jesus and gave in to the doubts and fears around him. He listened to those voices in his head that told him it was impossible for him to be doing what he was doing.

I think of how many times I follow God in something He has called me to do… but then those fears and doubts hit me like a huge wave and I flounder as much as Peter did.

I know the key is in looking to Jesus. I will only be able to do miraculous things… because of Him. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be walking on water than sitting safe and secure on the boat.

Where are you… on the boat… on the water walking… or sinking?

The great thing is that God can meet us no matter where we are.

 

Jodie Wolfe loves to stroll through history with the characters she creates. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading and walking.Social Media 2015

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in devotion, Living for God, Writing

 

Animals & Authors with Marianne Evans

Writing – they say – is a solitary occupation. But is it? Really? Let’s chat with author Marianne Evans about her fur babies.

QPQ: Introduce us to your pets.

M.E.: I’d love for you to meet my fur-babies. First is Angel. He looks like a little black panther and is the elder statesman of our feline brood at sixteen.  Next are Darko and Tyler. Darko and Tyler are nine-year-old brothers.

authorsandpets1QPQ: What beautiful felines! Since you’re an author and you come up with names all the time, how did you come up with your pets’ names?

M.E.: A quirky set of circumstances led to each of their names (I seldom do ‘normal’). I’ll start with Angel. We had recently said good-bye to our 18 year-old kitty, Sushi and we knew right away we wanted to adopt another cat from the local rescue shelter. We came upon Angel who was six-months-old at the time and on our way out of the shelter parking lot, we turned left behind a pickup truck bearing a blue and silver bumper sticker that read, simply, Angel. That sealed our new family member’s name at once. Next came Darko and Tyler. Darko and Tyler came into our lives as the result of a phone call from our daughter who came upon a litter of six-week-old kittens and only Tyler and Darko were left. She did a great sales job and we ended up taking them in, and our daughter is the one who named them. They’re sort of half hers and half ours…

QPQ: How do your pets help you in your writing?

M.E.: All three of my cats are cuddle-cats. They love to hang out near my feet, or on my desk, or on my lap, or sprawled across my computer keyboard…  They keep me company and I enjoy their presence. Something about having them around is soothing. They’re more of a distraction than a help when it comes to my writing, but I don’t mind the occasional distraction when it involves silky fur and a low, rolling purr of happiness.

QPQ: Have you ever written one of your pets into a story?

M.E.: Not by name, but definitely by personality. My novella, Maeve’s Symphony (Book 4 of my Sisters in Spirit series) begins with Maeve returning home to her condo in upstate New York following a voyage to Ireland for her best friend’s wedding. She walks in the door and peeling around the corner, legs pumping at 90-miles-per-hour, charges her calico cat, Coco Chanel. The cat’s daily antics while Maeve was away were chronicled by her pet sitter in the form of a diary, complete with sketches which the sitter leaves behind for Maeve’s entertainment. We’ve had a pet sitter do this for us while my husband and I were on vacation – it was such a charming way to come home, and the full-bore greeting as a cat peels around a corner and skitters across a tile floor is something we love to see when we come home.

QPQ: Tell us what you have in common with your pets. authorsandpets2

M.E.: I love a good cuddle…. I love to be waited on… I love to deliver a disdainful look of reproach when my needs aren’t met with swift and complete execution…

All kidding aside, like any other fur-baby  I love knowing I’m cared for and loved – don’t you? My kitties give me love, and I give it right back. Pets are the best!!

QPQ: Thank you for visiting here at the Quid Pro Quills. Where on the web can readers connect with you and your books?

M.E.: I love to connect to readers, so if you’re interested, please visit me at the following cyber-spots:

Website: www.marianneevans.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marianneevansauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarEvansAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marevansauthor/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/marevansauthor/

Blog: www.marianneevans.blogspot.com

I’m such a fan of Quid Pro Quills! Y’all have exceptional talent, and heart, so I’m honored to be here! Thanks for hosting me!

~Candice Sue Patterson

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Writing