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Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You

Hi! I’m Jodie Wolfe, the new kid on the block. Well, at least the newest member of the Quids. 🙂 I thought I would let you know a little bit about myself. My mother-in-law instilled in me a love of old things, which is probably partly why I love researching and writing Christian historical romances. And no, I didn’t love history as a child. In fact, besides math, it was one of my least favorite subjects in school. But I digress.

I’m happily married to the love of my life and best friend in this world besides Jesus. My beloved and I will celebrate our 29th anniversary come December. We raised and home schooled two sons from their birth until high school graduation. We’ve been empty nesters for a few years, and we find we are enjoying this ‘season’ of our lives. Both our sons are married and we have two granddaughters, with another expected in August.

What’s  interesting about me? Hmm. I’m the youngest in my family, with two older brothers three and four years older than myself. I’ve spent the majority of my life living in PA. My oldest son was born in Germany.

Ever since I’ve been a young girl, I’ve had a desire to be a published author. In fact I started writing my first novel at 13. I have written quite a number of novels since then but have yet to obtain a contract at this point. I have written a column for Home School Enrichment magazine for the past eight years and have had some devotions published with  Christian Devotions.

On May 2nd I have a novella debuting entitled Hearts Tightly Knit. I’m pretty excited about it and have been working hard to get things lined up.

Most days you’ll find me writing or researching, walking, maybe knitting, and definitely spending time with my husband. I look forward to getting to know you. How can I be praying for you today?Jodie 2015 - cropped - reduced

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Jodie Wolfe, Uncategorized

 

Book Review–The Red Door Inn

Prince Edward Island Dreams #1

The Red Door Inn

Revell Books, 2016

Marie Carrington is broke, desperate, and hoping to find sanctuary on Prince Edward Island while decorating a renovated bed-and-breakfast. Seth Sloane moved three thousand miles to help restore his uncle’s Victorian B and B–and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. He wasn’t expecting to have to babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her.

The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they’ve got–and they have to find a way to work together. In the process, they may find something infinitely sweeter than they ever imagined on this island of dreams.

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Traveling to Green Gables, PEI–whether in L.M. Montgomery’s novels or in director Kevin Sullivan’s classic films–has always been a favorite destination of mine. So when I saw that Prince Edward Island was the setting in Liz Johnson’s contemporary romance, The Red Door Inn shot to the top of my To-Read list. This gripping story of a B&B in need of restoration, a broken woman searching for a place to belong, and a man healing from his

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past was every bit as charming as a trip to Green Gables.

 

I recommend this book to anyone who believes in second chances and the power of finding the way home. Full of historical architecture, antiques, and absolutely lovable supporting characters, The Red Door Inn will not disappoint.

I look forward to the next book in the Prince Edward Island series, coming fall 2016.

I gave this book 5 stars!

~Review by Candice Sue Patterson

Candice is the author of Bright Copper Kettles and Silver White Winters. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart releases November 2016. For more, visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
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Happy Easter from the Quid Pro Quills!

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Posted by on March 27, 2016 in Holiday Greeting

 

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Good Friday

What comes to mind when you think of Good Friday?

1995 comes to my mind, when my youngest son was three years old.

My husband and I were cleaning our vehicles. He cleaned the car in the front yard, and I, the one in the back. While cleaning his car, my husband went into our house to get window cleaner. He left the driver door open.

In the front yard, our home had an elevated driveway that dipped into the street. When my husband returned to his vehicle, he saw it rolling backward down the driveway… along with our three-year old, who fell out of the driver seat and was dragged into the street.

At the bottom of the driveway, the car came to a stop. My husband ran to our screaming son and scooped him into his arms.

In the chaos that ensued, we fled to the hospital. Had our son been run over? Were there internal injuries? His back was scraped and bleeding. My husband had seen the car lurch at the bottom of the incline. He couldn’t tell if the car had run over our boy or if the lurching was the wobble of the car reaching the uneven pavement.

The hospital staff examined our son immediately. In the emergency room waiting area, I wrung my hands, paced, worried. Was our son hemorrhaging? Would he die?

The television in the freezing room hummed above my head. I fought panic and focused on the news anchor. She spoke of midday Good Friday services that had occurred all over town in area churches. The significance of the day pierced my heart. My heavenly Father had freely given His Son to be crucified for me, yet I begged Him to spare my son. 

My heavenly Father had freely given His Son to be crucified for me, yet I begged Him to spare my son.

My son’s imaging showed no damage. Blessed relief rolled over my husband and me. We’d been delivered from the agony of losing a child.

But that grief, that hell, was one my Heavenly Father willingly chose to bear.

It’s inconceivable, isn’t it? What kind of love would look upon me, a sinner, much less take my place?

I’ve included a song for you. Consider the wonder of this good–truly Good–Friday.

~ Jericha Kingston

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2016 in Jericha Kingston

 

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Book Review: Still Surviving Henry: The Untold Stories by Erin Taylor Young

Still Surviving Henry Cover_800pxDescription of Still Surviving Henry: The Untold StoriesThe rogue torpedo of a dog is at it again! Henry hauls author Erin Taylor Young and her readers into mischief, mayhem, hilarity, and heartwarming adventure. Come join Henry, canine catastrophe extraordinaire, as he romps through an all new collection of true life—and near-death—tales. You’ll laugh yourself silly—and maybe even shed a tear or two—as Henry shows that there’s a lot more to life than merely surviving.

For anyone who’s read Young’s first book, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, it won’t be a surprise to learn that she couldn’t fit all his antics into one book. For readers who haven’t yet met Henry, here’s to your full-tilt initiation.

My review: Erin Taylor Young’s first book, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, was a delightful and inspiring read, so I couldn’t wait to dig into this new release, and it didn’t disappoint. With her unique take on the world and her witty humor, Young deals with the perils of living with a husband, two growing sons, and a canine catastrophe named Henry. My favorite story involved a lump of a rising bread dough and yet another trip to the vet (where the dog, I think, must be greeted with shouts of “Henry!” reminiscent of those for “Norm” from Cheers.)

I give this book five stars for the superb writing, for the many times I laughed out loud, and for the moments when tears filled my eyes. You’ll love it, and since it’s free, you can pop over to Amazon right now and download it for yourself. I promise, you won’t be sorry.

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ErinErin Taylor Young is an award-winning humor writer living in a comedy with an all-star cast including one well-meaning husband, two polar opposite sons, and a noncompliant dog. When she isn’t writing or rescuing the dog from mortal danger, she works as an acquisitions editor and author liaison for Serenade Books, a publishing company she helped to found. She’s also the co-creater of Write from the Deep, a podcast and website resource to minister to the hearts of writers.

She has a bachelors degree in art and a masters degree in music, which is mostly inconsequential but makes her sound more reputable. She loves football (Da Bears), photography, and hiking in cool national parks. Learn more about Erin at erintayloryoung.com, where she blogs about writing, God, and her aversion to spiders.

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Robin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. Her third book, Finding Amanda, released in April, and its prequel, Chasing Amanda, released in July. 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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Our Version of the Easter Bunny

 

Jeff with Athena & trophy 1Rabbits have been a part of my life since I was a kid in 4-H. I raised and showed rabbits on into my adult years. My son grew up going to rabbit shows. I remember him strapped to my back, looking over my shoulder at the show tables and babbling in my ear before he could speak any words. I guess it’s no surprise that he went on to show rabbits in 4-H and even farther than our local open shows, he showed at several National Rabbit Shows.

foxAndRabbitThe breed he chose is called Silver Fox, because their coat closely resembles the fur of a silver fox. These are very large rabbits, adults maturing between 9 and 12 pounds. That makes them larger than many dog breeds!

Showing is only one aspect of raising rabbits. They are also a meat animal. I know … half my readers just swooned. But it’s a fact of life that rabbits feed much of the wild population of animals, and they do a pretty good job of feeding humans as well. Domestic rabbit is 100% white meat that rates even healthier than turkey.

One Easter Sunday morning, many years ago when we attended a church in town, a lady asked me what I was cooking for Easter Dinner. Not thinking anything of it, I told her I was cooking rabbit. I wish I could adequately describe the expression of horror that crossed her face, but the words wouldn’t do it justice. The look was followed by what I can only describe as a screech of the words, “You’re eating the Easter Bunny?” Heads turned from all corners of the narthex.

I’d honestly never thought about it that way.

As I cook another Easter Dinner of rabbit this year, my son will – once again – laugh and recount the story that is now more than 20 years old. Our version of the Easter Bunny will never be confused with the true meaning of Easter and the sacrifice of God’s Son, His resurrection, and the gift of His salvation for all who choose to follow Him. I’m okay with that.

~ Pegg Thomas

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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Pegg Thomas

 

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The Club – Behind The Story

This month’s suspense post showcased the supernatural Christian thriller novel, The Club by multi-published Christian author, Karin Kaufman. And as promised, here’s the story behind the story. And it’s just as thrilling as her novel.

When I first planned the Anna Denning Mystery Series, I knew two things for certain: first, the series would be set in a Colorado mountain March 18 posttown, and second, the series’ protagonist would battle spiritual forces in the guise of “harmless” neopagan and new age practices. I live in Colorado and love the mountains—right now I’m blessed to live very close to the foothills—so the mountain setting was a no-brainer. (Besides, my favorite mysteries play out in isolated settings, and there’s nothing quite as isolated as a mountain town!)

The protagonist who confronts neopaganism, wicca, and various new age practices? That aspect of my books come from my past, as a Christian who briefly, a long time ago, dipped her toe into wicca because, well, it seemed so appealing. I know the pitfalls, I know the dangers, and I have empathy for those who get sucked into the neopagan lifestyle. In fact, one of my returning characters, Jazmin Morningstar, is a wiccan, and I love writing about her. When people say God can use anything from your past, believe them!

Still, I didn’t want my mysteries to be nothing more than anti-neopagan polemics. Anna Denning, my main character, isn’t shy about disliking practices that fall under the umbrella of neopaganism—in fact, some readers think she should be a little less outspoken, a little sweeter—but more than anything I want my books to be entertaining. I want them to be escapes—in all the best senses of the word. I want to take readers away to the Colorado mountains, give them a few hours of thrills and chills, and introduce them to characters I hope will become friends.

The Club is the fourth book in the series, and as it opens, Anna Denning has been a widow for three years. In The Witch Tree, the first book in the series, she meets a man (Gene Westfall) and finds—much to her surprise—that she’s drawn to him, and he makes an appearance in the other books in the series too, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t go into details! But it’s been fun writing about two characters who take love, marriage, and Christian vows seriously.

Because Anna is a genealogist, The Club (like my other mysteries) features past crimes and misdeeds come to life—or come, finally, to a come-uppance. Payback. The past never really dies, does it? One day there’s a reckoning. In the latest mystery, Anna takes her genealogy skills to a new level, this time working for the local police department. (If you’ve been reading the series, you just knew she had to make that leap, didn’t you?) As a consultant, she finds missing identities, missing relatives of murder victims, and, in The Club, a missing finger. Literally.

I hope readers enjoy this latest book in my series. I loved writing it. I always love returning to Elk Park, my fictional (or is it?) mountain town, and reacquainting myself with the characters who call it home.

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Karin lives near the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with Dakota Grace, her energetic and lovable rescued rez dog.

To find out more about Karin and her books, stop by and visit her Facebook author page, at http://www.facebook.com/#!/authorkarinkaufman, or on her website, at http://www.karinkaufman.com.

Ready to pick up your copy of The Club? Amazon. Kobo. iBooks.Barnes and Noble.

 

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

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

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