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About kararhunt

Kara is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is currently an ACFW Finalist for her entry in the Mystery/Thriller/ Suspense category in the 2013 Genesis Contest. Kara was also named an ACFW 2012 Semi-Finalist in the Genesis Contest, for her submission, in the Women's Fiction category. Kara also created the Christian Fiction blog "Fiction With Faith." See exciting interviews, reviews and news on inspirational fiction and their authors at http://kararhunt.wordpress.com/ Some of my favorite books are: By Frank Peretti - This Present Darkness, Piercing The Darkness and The Visitation By Francine Rivers - Redeeming Love, And The Shofar Blew, The Last Sin Eater and The Scarlet Thread. By Rene Gutteridge - My Life As a Doormat, The Boo Series, Scoop, The Splitting Storm, The Ultimate Gift and Ghost Writer By Randy Singer - Dying Declaration, By Reason of Insanity, Self-Incrimination and False Witness By Randy Alcorn - Deadline, Dominion, Deception and Lord Foulgrin's Letters Tosca Lee - Demon: A Memoir Ted Dekker - Adam, Thr3e and House (with Frank Peretti) Chris Fabry - Almost Home my websites http://kararhunt.wordpress.com/

Meant To Be

If you’re a fan of military suspense, patriotism and romance then today’s featured book in our Book Showcase, Meant To Be, by multiple award winning Christian author Jessica James is the one for you.

 

meant-to-beIt started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways.

Or so they thought.

Actually it was just the beginning.

When Lauren Cantrell and Michael “Rad” Radcliff said goodbye, they had no way of knowing they would ever see each other again. But fate had another unexpected meeting in store for them—this time in a place where danger was part of the culture and the stakes were life and death.

From the sundrenched beaches of Ocean City, Md., to the snowcapped mountains of Afghanistan, this gripping tale of espionage and intrigue takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the secret lives of our nation’s quiet heroes—and answers the question:

What do you do when the person you most want to protect is the one risking everything to make sure you survive?

 

Awards of Author Jessica James:

2016 Gold Medal Military Writers Society of America
2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Bronze Winner Romance – Suspense
2016 Finalist for BOOK OF THE YEAR in Foreword Magazine’s IndieFab contest
2015 NJRW Golden Leaf Award
2014 Valley Forge Romance Writers Sheila Award Finalist
2014 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
2014 Reader’s Crown Award Finalist
2014 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in Fiction/Religious
2013 USA “Best Books 2013” Finalist in Fiction/Religious
2012 Bronze winner Foreword Magazine Book of the Year in Romance
2011 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
2011 USA “Best Books 2011” Finalist in Historical Fiction
2011 Next Generation Indie Award for Best Regional Fiction
2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Romance
2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Historical Fiction
2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
2010 Military Writers Society Award in Historical Fiction
2009 HOLT Medallion Finalist for Best Southern Theme
2009 Nominated for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction
2008 Indie Next Generation Award for Best Regional Fiction
2008 Indie Next Generation Finalist for Best Historical Fiction
2008 IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction
2008 ForeWord Magazine Finalist for Book of the Year in Romance category

~ Kara Hunt

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2017 in Book Showcase, Kara Hunt

 

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Because You’re Mine

If you’re a fan of romantic suspense author, Colleen Coble, she has a new book, Because You’re Mine releasing January 10, 2017. And if you’re a fan of the Irish music group Celtic Woman, you’ll also be a fan of this upcoming release. To read more about how this novel was inspired by the all-woman music group, click here.

 

because-youre-mineAlanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.

When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.

Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.

To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.

But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?

– Kara Hunt

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Book Showcase, Kara Hunt

 

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O Holy Night

One of my favorite Christmas carol’s of all time is O Come, All Ye Faithful. Worshiping our Savior with lyrics and songs of exultation, adoration and joy, what an honor! O Holy Night is also a favorite, and David Phelps is able to capture the Divine-ness of that night with music and song like none other. Be blessed.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

– kara hunt

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Holiday Greeting, Kara Hunt, Writing

 

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Christmas Cookies

It’s that time of year again! Love. Peace on earth and good will to all men. It’s also the time for baking. And Christmas cookies are the perfect place to start. 

My personal favorites are oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookies. I haven’t baked peanut butter cookies in years because I can’t seem to get them “just right.” However, for Christmas, sugar cookies are always a favorite around any dinner table.

Mom’s Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch MAKES: 90 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • Optional toppings: colored or granulated sugar and walnut halves 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and nutmeg. In another bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and eggs. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add sour cream and dissolved baking soda to creamed mixture. Gradually beat in flour mixture (dough will be sticky). Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Working with one-third of the batch at a time, roll dough on a well-floured surface to 1/4-in. thickness. (Cover and refrigerate remaining dough until ready to roll.) Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round or other shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle tops with sugar and top with walnuts.
  3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set but not browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 7-1/2 dozen

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?

– Kara Hunt

 

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Writing

 

What’s Your Favorite Leftover Thanksgiving Recipe?

If you’re not out shopping for all of the Black Friday deals available today, then you’re probably standing in your kitchen wondering what to do with all of those delicious Thanksgiving leftovers. There are tons of holiday leftover recipes out there, but I was looking for something new and a little bit different, and this Turkey Fettuccine Skillet recipe fits perfectly and utilizes many of the ingredients most of us already have on hand due to the holiday cooking season. What are some of your favorite leftover Thanksgiving recipes?

turkey-fettuccineTurkey Fettuccine Skillet Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.

MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 361 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 343mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large ovenproof skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, celery and garlic in oil for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Stir in the milk, seasoning blend and salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Combine cornstarch and half-and-half until smooth; stir into skillet. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in Parmesan cheese just until melted.
  3. Stir in turkey. Drain fettuccine; add to turkey mixture. Heat through. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

SUGGESTIONS / TIPS:

May also substitute smoked turkey legs, chicken, ham or other protein of your choice. If you prefer a bolder taste, consider switching out the mozzarella for strong cheddar or white cheddar. Or butter for the canola oil. Also adding in generous amounts of ingredients such as white pepper, cayenne, fresh parsley, baby portobello mushrooms or panko crumbs on top will also add a great punch of flavor.

What’s your favorite leftover Thanksgiving recipe?

 

 

– Kara Hunt

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2016 in Kara Hunt, Recipe

 

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Father God, watch over those who watch over us.

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– Kara Hunt

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Kara Hunt

 

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The Moses Conspiracy – Behind The Story

My first dip into the publication pool occurred in 2004 as a non-fiction writer. Devotionals, short articles, and contributions to anthologies followed in rapid succession. This soon gave way to a series of rejections. What??? My research yielded an answer: I needed to use some fiction techniques like dialogue, questions, and storytelling to catch the editors’ and readers’ attention.

As my acceptance rate increased, the thought of writing a book rolled around my mind. I shared the idea with my husband, and we prayed the Lord would direct me.

Around Christmas, my husband had a job near Gettysburg. Our supplier suggested I go along to see the seasonal decorations. As we stood in the historic town square, the combination of old and new melded together. I heard in my spirit the voices of the forefathers as fading echoes.

I shared the experience with my husband. When we arrived home, all efforts to write a poem, non-fiction article, or devotional failed to capture the essence of that moment. I tucked it away, and we sought the Lord for an answer.

On a steamy August day in 2005, we were discussing “the Gettysburg experience,” when my husband made a surprising declaration. “That’s it! That’s your book, and you’ll call it Ghosts of the Past and write it in four months.”

I was sure he’d lost his mind. The more I mulled over his words, the stronger they captivated me. Soon after, I sat down at the computer and started typing. In exactly four months, I had a 55,000-word manuscript.

the-moses-conspiracyThe fairytale version would be immediate publication, but it took eight years to bring the manuscript to publishable quality. In early 2006, my husband was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. My work on the book, now called The Moses Conspiracy, came to a grinding halt as I cared for him.

After he passed away, the last thing I wanted to do was write. As the grief abated, I remembered how much he encouraged me and jumped back into the project. The Moses Conspiracy is dedicated to his memory.

The journey to publication is often long, requiring patience and persistence. Two more books followed the first one, as well as a Christmas novella. My fifth book is currently in the works.

If you’re walking down this road, don’t get discouraged. Learn your craft and produce a quality story for your readers. Someday, I’ll be reading about your debut novel. Happy writing!

 

To find out more about Susan J. Reinhardt and The Moses Conspiracy, click here. You can also susan-reinhardtpurchase your copy now on Amazon.

A widow, daughter, stepmom, and active church member, Susan resides in Pennsylvania. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, couponing, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.

 

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

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 October 28, 2016 in Kara Hunt

 

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