Book Review: Core Lies


As a kid, I was trained not to call people after 9:00 at night. I was told that someone in the home you’re calling might be sleeping and that it’s rude. However… when I found this book and started reading it, I only made it to page 14 before I dropped everything and called my mother.
'Mom! Mom! You’ve got to read this book! It’s practically mirroring what we’ve been personally hearing from the Lord this year! It’s awesome!'
So… since I’ve read it twice now this week, I think it’s about time I shared it with some other people…

http://corelies.com/

How To Use A Free E-Reader App



So you want to read an e-book, but you don't have a Kindle or a NOOK or a Sony Reader or... etc.
I don't have any of those either.
Yes, I know that sounds funny. I've published a two e-books of my own, and I don't have an e-reader.
But hey! Those babies are expensive! And I have an easy, free alternative.
Amazon has an e-reader you can use on your PC (Personal Computer) for free. They also have one for your phone, but I don't know anything about that one except that it exists.
This PC e-reader is called the Kindle Cloud Reader. You can find it at

So... maybe you're not tech-savvy. Maybe you still need help figuring that thing out?
Read on for a simple, step-by-step tutorial on how to download and use a FREE e-reader app.

Book Review: Pain Redeemed

I don't usually read many books nowadays, but this week I've picked up a good one.
I keep up with Natasha Metzler at her blog,  http://natashametzler.com/
Her writing blesses me a lot, so I was thrilled when I discovered that she's written a book, Pain Redeemed.
I read it all in one sitting, it was just that beautiful.
So without further ado, my official review.

http://natashametzler.com/books/pain-redeemed//

In Depth: A Memoir of Love

As an author, I get asked a lot, “What is your book about?”
This is always a tough question for me. My first responding thought is usually, “Which part of it?”
Three main threads run through A Memoir of Love. (MOL) An explanation is needed before we delve into those though.

A Memoir of Love, by Jessiqua Wittman

The theme that everything is based on is this: A Memoir of Love’s characters dwell in a future, post-apocalyptic version of our own world. Most of the population centers of the planet were destroyed after two Great Wars. The survivors of the decimation scattered and founded widespread “settler cells” instead of rebuilding their old nations.
The old settler generation is dying off in MOL’s specific colony, Marna. The former leaders are growing ancient. It’s time for the refugees to choose a new boss. The people have split apart into factions, and each has its own leader that they want to put in power.

The primary thread that strings off of that theme is the advent of Hazael. (He's the guy on the book cover)
Hazael BenHadad is the leader of the Revolutionary Hadadian clan. Reclusive, realistically minded, and bound to his fate, he’s not the boss because he wants to be, but because he has to be. He is the only man truly fit for the job, and he knows it. Confident and passionate in his political pursuits, but grouchy and insecure in his personal life, Hazy is an ordinary man trying to do extraordinary things. He needs help.

Maia, from A Memoir of Love

Part of that help comes in a strange package, a beautiful, over-sensitive gentlewoman. Maia can’t change Hazael, or answer all his hard questions about life, but she can encourage him in his journey, and maybe help him rethink his bitter, longstanding feud against his Maker.

Clare, from A Memoir of Love

Another thread that winds through this tale is Clare’s story.
Clare is damaged goods. A disturbed, runaway sex slave with no memory of her parents, her view of herself is skewed, and her true self-worth is utterly destroyed. She thought that running away from her master would solve all of her life issues. However, now she’s found that the road to freedom is much longer than she first anticipated. She may be free in body, but her mind is still shackled in a terrible way. Not to mention Iago is still hunting her…

Tov, from A Memoir of Love

Tov is a good-hearted guy that tries to aid Clare in dealing with her volcanic, moody emotions. But although he seems to be a wonderful help at first, it quickly becomes obvious that his mere affection is not enough to heal her darkness. He has yet to learn what true love is, and seems determined to learn that lesson the hard way. In the end, both Clare and Tov will have to make a choice. One will end up becoming a traitor, and the other will be the one redeemed by that treachery.

Love and Thomas are the last twisted thread. They are the binding factors that knot it all together. Devoted to each other, and veterans in spiritual matters, they are Hazael’s supportive brother and sister-in-law, and Clare and Tov’s mentors.
From the surface, it would seem that Love and Thomas are the perfect couple. But deep in the heart, affection between the two is being killed by circumstances and old, never-quite-resolved grievances. They see their relationship crumbling, but Love is too “hurt” and Thomas is too “busy” to do much about it. All it would take is one skilled blow to destroy what took over a decade to build…
When the walls fall down around our guarded hearts, the whole world can see what we’ve been hiding deep inside. Both great, nitty-gritty love, and selfish, greedy darkness can exist in the same person. But which of the two forces is stronger? Sometimes it seems that even God doesn’t know the truth until both have sung their tunes to the fullest.

Iago, from A Memoir of Love

I could go on and talk about the subplots, the bad guys, the not-so-bad guys, the guys that steal the show at times. (That’s your chance to cheer, Raven-lovers!)
But I don’t want to spoil the story for you. If you’re still interested, click on the tab up at the top of this blog entitled My Novels.
You won’t be disappointed, and just might walk away challenged and inspired.

Success!

Success! It's a word we expect to find inscribed in glitzy, gold letters over great achievements. For a music artist it's being picked up by some huge music label. For an author it's being featured in a popular review list. For me...
I'm just now discovering what it means for me...

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A note on prayer.

The Lord gave me something profound this morning.
He said, "Never underestimate the power of prayer."
I nodded. "Right, right, Papa. Cliche. I know."
He said. "No, you don't understand. You (talking about us believers) are My keys on the earth. Through you I unlock My will. When you pray, according to my will and what I want you to pray, you open up the doors for My will to be accomplished."

Inspiration

You know... the Lord works in mysterious ways... I'm not saying that because it's cliche, but because it's true. Take creative inspiration for example. I'm a full time wife and mother, so I don't have hours upon hours at my disposal to brainstorm for new story ideas. I rarely even have an hour together to sit and type. Usually most of my work is done tzav-la-tzav, kav-la-kav, z'eir sham, z'eir sham. Precept upon precept, line upon line and here a little, there a little. 
So... that said... I don't have time to think through an elaborate story-line, I just have to trust that whatever seemingly random pieces that the Spirit breathes into my head will work together somehow. It worked with a Memoir Of Love, I have faith that it will work with the others too.
Sometimes our Father likes to stretch us a little though.