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Thanksgiving Blessings To All!

Hello faithful readers!

It’s been a busy time around the Big Blue House. Well, honestly, when is it not? I’ve been working on Angels Unaware, and I’m so excited about it! I just love this story. I also have the perfect cover art for it. Now, if you’ve been with me a while you know that I was searching high and low for the owner of that fabulous angel graphic. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate them. But, a dear friend of mine took a magnificent shot of a church roof, with clouds and…well, you’ll see when I get my cover mocked up.

One reason I am so in love with this particular story is that I feel it really shows why faith in Jesus is so very important. I’m not a big evangelist in person. In fact, I get a bit shy about talking about faith. However, the Lord has given me this gift of writing, and I can express it there.

Another reason is this story was the last that my sweet friend Sandy proofread for me. We unexpectedly lost Sandy in August 2015. But, as you know, if you’ve been around me a while, nothing is unexpected to our Great Heavenly Father. She encouraged me, supported me, listened to me rant about everything and nothing. I miss her very much, as do many others. She was “one of those people,” one who made everyone feel as though they were her best good friend. This is her book. If you frequent my Facebook page, you probably saw this post:

SandySo. Funny story that my sweet friend and patient proof-reader Sandy would have gotten a giggle out of. After I designated and signed all my copies, I sat down to savor that moment when all your work pays off…when you actually SEE your baby live on paper. Right there on the very first page of the very first chapter. A huge, glaringly obvious typo. Sandy always reminded me to wait on her; and she always caught even the smallest of errors in the manuscript. Man, I miss her for more than her proofing skills. She always encouraged me to wait on the very best and not to settle for good enough. One day, we’ll laugh over this. Needless to say, the book will be off market for 24 hours. I hope everyone who receives the “Over Confident Author Version” can chuckle too. #bagoverhead #crazyauthor

 

On December 11, look for Kindle Countdown Deals on all of my books except Seasons of a Life. That will stay at it’s normal $1.99, but you can pick up all 4 books for under $10 for at least 2 days! The Countdown will run until December 18, when the books will return to their regular listed price.

I am thankful for you all, for reading and enjoying my books, for spreading the word about them, for encouragement and support. I hope that you and yours, whoever and wherever they might be, have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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Book Review: High Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

HCH 2015The third installment of Susan’s First Responders series opens and closes with edge-of-your-seat action. Ex-lawyer Morgan Thornsby is taken hostage on a train and the First Response Squad is called out. Negotiations don’t go as planned, and team sniper Brady Owens must take a shot; but he freezes for a split second. When his shot hits Morgan, Brady feels responsible and silently vows to care for her. What they find in her apartment after he takes her home opens up the start of a tense stalker case that finishes in Susan’s trademark twist of plot. Just when you think you’re sure who it is, she dazzles with an unforeseen but believable alternate suspect that makes you slap your head and utter, “I forgot about them!”
The characters in High Caliber Holiday are familiar old friends you’re happy to be revisiting. You want to join them in the dining room of the old firehouse for a home cooked meal by Darcie or attending Skylar’s huge Christmas shindig. They are engaging and you don’t want the story to end.
Susan’s brand of clean romantic suspense is highly recommended for all!

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Books For Sale!

Do you remember that classic children’s book Caps For Sale? Oh, I loved that!

Well, like the beloved tale, one can never own too many books, right?

New book is available and so are the other 3. If you would like a copy of any of the Lakeville Series, message me or email me dhbarbara1@gmail.com. You can pay me via PayPal or my nifty new Cash Me account.

Pricing (includes S&H):

Seasons of a Life, $9.99
Sunnie’s Rainbow, $12.99
Restoration, $15.99
All three above for $25.99
By The Hand of His Grace, proceeds to benefit Karens or The Cure, $14.95

All can be found on www.dhbarbara.com

Thank you!

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By The Hand of His Grace Release Update

Hi everyone,

Yes, I have been busy editing, cover creating, etc. And, I have some great news; the KINDLE pre-order is LIVE! By The Hand of His Grace

I have a Kickstarter campaign going for the hard copy. Please consider backing this very important project. Here is the backstory, since it’s been a while:

By The Hand of His Grace is the fourth installment of the Lakeville series, and the story of Autumn’s bought with breast cancer.

I had determined long ago that Autumn would not be a primary character in any Lakeville stories, but the Lord had other plans for her and me. In December of 2013 I heard a clear call from Him to write a Lakeville book for my friend Karen, who holds an annual fundraiser for Koman. As I pondered the possibility, He was clear that it was to be Autumn’s story. I hoped to have it ready for her event this year, but I had to complete my preparation for taking the director’s position at CBS. Karen understood, and she’s excited about the book’s progress for next year. 100% of the proceeds will be given to Karens For The Cause (www.karensforthecause.com)

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Books That Are Changing My Life

It’s been quite a while since I have read anything that I could honestly say was “life changing,” with the exception of my Bible. Recently, I picked up two books that are doing just that. One was a Kindle special, and the other is a book that I refused to read for years.

wlw coverWomen Living Well, by Courtney Joseph. I snagged this book a few months back when it was only $2.99. This is one book that is well worth the full price! I had fallen away from reading anything but sci-fi and fiction for some time, and I challenged myself to read at least ONE book of a spiritual nature per month in 2015. This one is a goldmine.

Courtney runs the Women Living Well website. That alone is chock full of wonderful and Biblically sound advice. She also has a great ministry, the Good Morning Girls. Her book is about living well as you fulfill the many roles God has given to you. Wife, mother, ministry leader, she has them all in there.

One thing I especially enjoy about the book is her non-condemning attitude. Many books like this will tell you just how awful you are if you cannot juggle everything with a smile. Courtney’s approach is different. Using her own life as an example, she goes through Biblical principals and allows you to make the call in your own circumstance.

I especially loved her insight on using your time wisely. Regarding social media and the internet, Courtney points out that in and of themselves, they have no inherent morality. It’s how you use them that shows your morality. How much time you spend, and at who’s expense, is between you and the Lord.

The chapter on living well in your marriage was thought provoking, a bit convicting, and excellent. I’d say this is a must have on any woman’s bookshelf, real or virtual.

My other read is Trim Healthy Mama, by sisters Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett. My crazy food journey is documented on my personal blog, and I’ll leave it to you to hop over there if you’d like to hear all about my adult struggles.TrimHealthyMamacover

When this book came out in 2012 and immediately caused an internet sensation, I listened briefly (VERY briefly) to the descriptions and concluded that it was just another way to be shackled to food. And, what was all this crazy alphabetical meal naming? A system, that’s all it was.

Yet, as I struggled through more “freedom” from diets, systems, and labels, I kept an eye on those I knew who were using the book and getting results. Some were getting dramatic and fabulous results. Meanwhile, I went down a vegetarian road when my health numbers continued rising into the danger zone. I even procured a copy of Serene’s previous cookbook all about raw eating.

I finally took a real, honest look at Trim Healthy Mama when I watched a video by the sisters where Serene is quite frank about the detrimental effects her raw vegan diet had not only on her health, but that of her infants. Nothing like eye opening conviction, right from the source! I began stalking THM’ers online, Pinterest pages and the Trim Healthy Facebook pages and forum. I requested the book from my library, and once it was in my hands, I knew I needed my very own copy.

It’s much more than a “diet book.” Serene and Pearl have done an astounding amount of research and experimented on themselves searching for the right balance of great foods and healthy choices. They have so much good and documented information packed into the book. Not to mention the recipes. The back chapters on spiritual and emotional health are frank and thought provoking. All of this places your total body health right in the hands it’s supposed to rest in. The One Who created you.

If you would have asked me right around the holidays how I was doing, I wouldn’t have been honest. I was falling apart. Worried about my spiritual and physical health, how was I going to get everything together for ministry, my kids, my hubby, my grandkids? I was heading for a crash, and I am so very grateful that the Lord placed these two books into my hands right when I needed them. My only regret is that I don’t have a copy of each to give away.

Till next time, let your dreams soar high, and your prayers even higher!

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Book Review: Web of Deceit, Susan Sleeman

This is the premier title in Susan’s new Agents Under Fire series. It begins with edge-of-your-seat suspense and doesn’t stop until the final sentence. Not what I expected. BETTER! Warning: don’t read late at night because you will not sleep till it’s finished!

Kait Knight lives every agent’s nightmare; tailing a family member, her brother-in-law, as a mastermind criminal hacker. She find that he is also quite mentally unhinged. In an attempt to kill her, Fenton Rhoades accidentally kills his wife, Kait’s twin sister Abby. He escapes, and the following three years are Kait’s attempts in catching him at all odds. The story picks up at that point, showing Kait struggles with being a single mother raising her sister’s only child and balancing her career as a Special Agent in Portland. Add in a healthy dose of maternal disapproval, and you see Kait’s living on the edge.

Kait and Fenton play a tight, no holds barred cat and mouse game as he attempts to gain his child back and revenge on Kait for Abby’s death. The local police, in the form of Detective Sam Murdock, who was at the original crime scene three years ago, begin investigating a series of seemingly unconnected murders. He and Kait must work together, and with the task force formed, to catch Fenton before his serial murder spree grows. It’s all out thrills as you follow the trails, cringe when they miss and cheer the final outcome.

Susan follows her other suspense series in fine form. The characters are real, down to earth and engaging. She uses accurate background data so the tale is believable, a compliment to her attention to small detail and research.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Merry Christmas from D.H. Barbara

Hello friends! I wanted to say thank you for all the support and encouragement, so, this weekend only, Sunnie’s Rainbow will be $0.99 and Restoration will be FREE! on Kindle from Friday through Sunday. *subject to Amazon’s picky policies timing issues

They have been reformatted. If you already own a copy and it’s still hinky, dump it and redownload.

Seasons of a Life will remain at $1.99, this is a chance to either own all three or gift them to someone for a great low price! THAT Is a great gift!

Have the most blessed of holidays and see you in 2015!

Dream BIG!
Barbara

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Re-Post: My Real-Life Silas

October 23 update: Yes, this is a repost. But, with a purpose. You see, my real-life Silas has a beautiful baby daughter, who is 4 months old. She was just diagnosed with adrenal cancer, and is in Children’s Hospital in Aurora CO, as I type. So, I am asking all of those who follow my sporadic blog to pray for baby Annaliese, and her parents, Mike (Silas) and Sarah, as they walk through chemoptherapy. Also, here is a link to Annaliese’s Caring Bridge page.

ORIGINAL POST:

Yes, I do happen to know a young man from church who looks exactly how Silas looks in my mind. The first time I saw him, I sort of shoved poor Retro Man (my hunny) off the chair he was in. You see, Mike used to work in the church kitchen. Irony of ironies, right? When I started working in the kitchen, and I found out that Shelly is his mom, I asked her if anyone in Lakeville reminded her of Silas…she thought a moment, then laughed. So, here’s a few shots of Mike, a.k.a. Silas giggle4 Silas #1 Silas #2

Thanks to Shelly for sharing him with the world…well, my little corner of it, anyhow.

Oct. 23: here are the ribbons for Annaliese

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