Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In the Works!

It's been a long time since I updated you on my kids' quip book, Wit & Wisdom from the Wee Ones. After two major surgeries for my editor and several exciting events at OakTara, including restructuring our contract with Amazon to offer our Kindle books at lower prices, my editor tells me Wit & Wisdom will release some time in April. This fun compilation book would make a great gift for Mother's Day. 

Now that my grandson, Gabriel (3), is living with us while his family prepares for full-time ministry in Thailand, the cute quips flow frequently.

Here are a few one-liners Gabe's delivered lately to wet your appetite for Wit & Wisdom. Oh, and one from granddaughter, Kylie, too. :)

Gabriel (3) playing hide-n-seek sticks his head out of the tent: "Look, Grandma, I found Gabriel!"

Mama to Gabe: "Tell us your verse this week."
Gabe: "ACTS 9:36. A certain disciple name Betty-lou, was full of spaGHETTI and CHOCOLATE BALLS!

A black dog ran up to Gabe (3) and me. I rubbed the dog's head and said, "Well, what's your name, big fella?" Gabe looked at me and replied: "Grandma, he can't talk."

Gabriel (3) holding a golf club: "Grandma, sit on the floor and pretend you're a golf ball." 

Gabriel, with a glint in his eye: "Time for your honey whack, Grandma."

While playing in the snow the other day, granddaughter Kylie (7) said, "Grandma, let's draw pictures in the snow." We did and then Kylie said she wanted to make a face picture. I thought she was going to draw an image, but instead, she promptly stuck her face into the snow, leaving a nose, mouth, and eye sockets print. 


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 A devotional in the works . . .

Breathe Deeply God's Grace traces God's grace from Genesis to Revelation in short vignettes that include a scripture, helpful insights, and closing prayer with challenge to practice the concept. 

Stay tuned for more on this project. Below is a video excerpt.


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A contemporary romance in the works!

Seasons of Hope coauthored with Jennifer Slattery!

A blind woman seeks refuge at Camp Hope only to encounter the man who took her sight. 


On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks that’s the reason. To take her mind off her troubles, her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Unbeknown to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more. Though she doesn’t expect to fall for the guy. Still, her need for independence and dream of teaching win out, taking her far away from her beloved Camp Hope . . . and a certain director.

From the moment Loni Parker steps onto the camp ground, Michael knows who she is, and he doesn’t want anything to do with her. Yet, in spite of his guilt that drives him to push Loni away, he can’t deny his growing attraction to the determined woman. After all, she reminds him of himself. Beyond that, she seems to see more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present. 

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December Sunrise, a novella


A little girl’s Christmas wish comes at a high cost.

Emma’s Christmas list isn’t like other kids’. Instead of toys, she wants her mama’s cancer to go away, the town to stop arguing over the Ten Commandments, and nice Mr. Whitmire to reunite with his estranged daughter. Grandma Doreen holds the key to a family secret that just might fulfill some of Emma’s desires, but not before tragedy strikes.

A young girl’s heart for helping takes her to a dark place only the Light of Christmas can illuminate


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Please pray that the Lord will use these works to bring glory to Himself and share his grace and truth with others! Thanks so much!

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3 comments:

chaplaindebbie said...

Your grandkids are hilarious! Are you going to publish your Breathe Deeply God's Grace? I LOVE those devotions.
Have a blessed day!

Eileen Rife said...

Yes, I hope to. Breathe Deeply is in the hands of my editor for her preview, so we'll see. :)

chaplaindebbie said...

I hope/pray so, it is really, really good....what I've heard so far. :)