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The Christmas Journey by Carol James

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem. Luke 2:4

Christmas was always a special time growing up. Yet, I can remember only one spent with aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. My father was a career military officer, so we lived away from family.

But our home was never empty. It was filled with friends and airmen who also had no family nearby. Dad made certain no one under his command spent Christmas alone, and Mom made the holidays fun and festive for whoever filled our house.

Early in our marriage, when my husband was transferred from Texas to Georgia, my mother had one request. To spend Christmases together. So, every year, we filled the car with children and presents and made the eighteen-hour drive home for the holidays.

One December, as we began our journey, the worst Arctic cold snap on record hit north Texas. We’d planned to stay one night in a hotel along the way, but the farther we travelled, the more we realized that was impossible.

Hotels and restaurants had no power or water. Gas stations had fuel but no electricity to run the pumps. With no place to stop, our only choice was to keep going.

Ice frosted the inside of our car windows, so I tucked coats, blankets, stuffed animals, anything I could find around our preschool daughters to keep them warm.

And as my husband drove on, I prayed. Prayed we’d have enough fuel. Prayed the little car would keep running. Prayed our girls would stay warm. Prayed neither would need to stop for a potty break. Prayed for peace for my parents.

And, as I prayed, I remembered the journey of the first Christmas. Knowing the King of kings was about to be born, was Joseph worried when none of the inns had rooms and they had to spend the night in a stable, away from comfort and family? Or did he trust?

In the midst of the frigid December cold, peace blanketed me. The One Who had directed their journey was also directing ours.

I don’t remember the gifts exchanged that Christmas, the food we ate, the guests who shared our house. But I will always remember the joy glimmering in my parents’ eyes as they answered our knock. And God’s protection for our journey.

About the Author:

Carol James is an author of inspirational fiction. She lives in a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Jim, and a perky Jack Russell “Terrorist,” Zoe.

Having always loved intriguing stories with happy endings, she was moved to begin writing to encourage others as she’d been encouraged by the works of other authors of inspirational fiction.

Her debut novel, Rescuing Faith, has been a number one best seller on Amazon, and her second novel, The Waiting, is scheduled for release in early 2019.

Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, traveling with friends, and serving in the production department at her church. And, most days in the late hours of the night or the wee hours of the morning, she can be found bringing her newest novel to life.

About Mary’s Christmas Surprise:

Mary Sherman’s Christmas is nothing like she’s planned. Her fiancé has called off the engagement just days before Christmas, and her parents have gone on an anniversary cruise around the world.

Suddenly alone for the holidays, Mary returns to the comfort of her childhood home to spend Christmas in her parents’ empty house. There’s only one problem. The house is not empty. Unbeknownst to Mary, her parents have taken in a boarder, a handsome carpenter named Jake Wolesky.

Mary’s Christmas surprise may make this the best holiday ever.

About The Waiting:

When Katherine Herrington was a teenager, she made “The List” and believed God would bring her the husband she desired. That faith helped her to keep life under control just the way she likes it. But then Katherine loses her mother, her job, and her boyfriend, and after years of praying, she accepts the probability that God’s answer is, “No.”

A professional soccer player, Sam Tucker has lived the life of a celebrity in the UK only to discover that, despite all the wealth and fame he has acquired, his life is empty. He returns to the one place where life last had meaning, and goes in search of the one woman he’s loved since he was a teenager—Katherine. He wonders if she’ll remember him after all these years… And fears she just might.

As God weaves together a rejected proposal, a mission trip, and a devastating storm to turn their hearts toward Him and toward each other, Katherine and Sam will have to let go of their fears, find forgiveness and trust, and realize that their future together was worth the wait.

 

God’s Love: The Right Direction by Therese M. Travis

God's Love the Right DirectionIn Annabelle’s Angel, Annabelle Archer comes to suspect that her life isn’t going according to God’s will, since she’s made most of her decisions based on fear and need, rather than discernment. And when she does try to figure out God’s will, a lot of people give their opinions, distracting her.

Isn’t this an issue for many of us? How many times I have heard or read, either in private conversation, or more often, a speaker or writer, tell me that I should

I should be a missionary to the poor—in my own country or out of it. I should join a group dedicated to a particular cause. I should raise my children following one particular mindset. And these are only a small sampling of the opinions others have given me about how I should live my life and direct my paths.

Maybe they’re right. But maybe they’re not (and they can’t all be right, or I’d be divided into at least a dozen beings).

I don’t want to give any spoilers, but Annabelle does finally come to a decision, and it’s the one idea I’d love for my readers to take away with them: God’s will for each of us is as individual as we are. His love for us gives us the desires of our hearts, and if we follow Him, we’ll find those desires fulfilled. Not to say God’s will is always the easy way, but it’s the right, and the natural, way.

It’s not easy to discern God’s will, either. My advice, if you’re struggling with this: Pray. Ask God to lead you. Ask Him to guide you to advisors who you trust, who will pray for and with you on this issue. Pray some more. Ask Him to give you a certainty of heart. Sometimes, putting out a “Gideon’s fleece” works. I remember I did this as a young child, even before I’d ever learned the Bible story. God answered me. And imagine my delight, as a teen, reading that passage and thinking—oh, wow, no wonder He answered me. But of course, He delights in us, and loves to answer our prayers. What a Dad, right?

I do hope you enjoy Annabelle’s Angel as much as I enjoyed writing it. The Victorian trappings of Christmas, the children—oh, those children!—made this story a delight to work on.

Merry Christmas, and may God bless you, your families, and your celebrations this year, and always.

Therese TravisAbout the Author:

Therese is a wife, mother, grandmother, follower of Christ. She’s been writing stories since the age of eight, and “telling stories” (you know what that means) since long before. She finally figured out how to put those stories onto the page. She loves to talk about Jesus and His love for us, about her family, crafting, writing, and praying. You can connect with Therese at Pinterest and on Facebook.

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More About Annabelle’s Angel:

Annabelle Archer has been crushing on Rick Stockton for years. And now, when he notices her, it’s only because her brothers and sisters make it impossible for him to miss her. Annabelle still hasn’t decided if God’s will means she spends her life taking care of her six siblings, or if He has more in mind for her.Rick Stockton doesn’t mind that church activities and Annabelle’s brothers and sisters keep throwing Annabelle and Rick together. He just isn’t sure what it means. But as the kids keep trying to turn Rick into a snow angel—with sugar, baby powder, and more—he’ll work on figuring it out. Spending time with Annabelle’s family gives Rick a longing for one of his own…and an idea to make it happen.This Christmas, Annabelle may just find there’s a special angel in her corner, one that will stick around for a lifetime.

Here’s more about Everybody Loves Mickey:

EverybodyLovesMickey_w11272_680He’s a saint with a tarnished halo, and Aubrey Thomas can’t stand him…or can she?

Handsome fireman, Mickey Hurst is loved by all. He volunteers at the local parish where Aubrey Thomas works as an administrator. He sings in the choir. He leads the youth group. He even acts as the church handyman, but Aubrey knew him before he became Saint Mickey—when he told her he’d have to be drunk to kiss her…and he was. What’s so infuriating is that despite his horrible admission, Aubrey loves Mickey as much as everybody else.

Mickey doesn’t blame Aubrey for disliking him. After all, he kissed her when he wasn’t sober—and insulted her, to boot. Aubrey deserved a better man—a Godly man. But, since that fateful kiss, Mickey’s drawn closer to the Lord. With the intercession of God and the matchmaking parish staff, Mickey prays that this Christmas he will be able to prove to Aubrey he’s now the man for her.

Author Interview: Therese M. Travis

Therese TravisToday’s guest is Therese M. Travis, the author of Annabelle’s Angel, a Christmas Holiday Extravaganza novella from White Rose Publishing. Therese is a wife, mother, grandmother, follower of Christ. She’s been writing stories since the age of eight, and “telling stories” (you know what that means) since long before. She finally figured out how to put those stories onto the page. She loves to talk about Jesus and His love for us, about her family, crafting, writing, and praying. You can connect with Therese at Pinterest and on Facebook.

Therese, thank you for being here today. I loved Annabelle’s story because my favorite heroes and heroines are those that are not absolutely perfect. In Annabelle’s case, her flaws are physical, and she sees herself as flawed and not at all the way God sees her. This flaw prevents her from truly living. Have you ever known anyone who suffers from what they would consider a physical flaw and allowed themselves to be ruled by their own fears of what others see in them? 

Fay, thank you for having me! I’m so glad you enjoyed Annabelle’s Angel. I had such a good time writing it.

I’ve known plenty of people who have physical flaws that affect the way they see themselves—I’d have to say the majority of people I know at one time or another allow this fear to change the way they feel about themselves. Fear, guilt, grief—these all filter God’s perfect love for us, and leave us feeling like we don’t—and never can—measure up.

Annabelle also harbors some grief and guilt in the story, and I personally have found that grief affects individuals in different ways, and how we handle that grief can impact our daily lives, as it does Annabelle. Are you writing this story from experience in this regard, or do you know someone who has suffered with prolonged grief and guilt?

I think we all have to deal with grief and guilt. We all have our own ways of facing these emotions. I know that after my mother passed away, at first, I took all the blame for the difficulties in our relationship. Then, after a while, I gave her all the blame. Now, I know that nothing is perfect, that we all do our best, and that we’re all bound to fail at something. Now, I can remember Mom, know that she’s perfected in Christ, and that someday, I will be, too.

Annabelle has a handful with her “angels,” but the kids are so well-written. Do you have a lot of experience with children that you pour into the pages of the story?

Thanks. I have to say, I LOVE kids. I have four of my own, six grandkids (counting the one who will be adopted into the family when his mom and my son marry—he lived with us for a year and so we know each other pretty well). Also, my “vocation” is to teach a Catechism class for my parish, so I’m with kids every week. (and in that hour and a half, I have developed a tremendous respect for full-time teachers!). So many times the characters I write come to me fully formed. I just have to get to know them, but I can’t really mold them. I could point to a couple of brothers who were the models for Joe and Liam, but please don’t think they’re exactly the same as the characters. They just walked in and said, hey, we’re in your story (which is what Liam’s real-life counterpart would have done), and there they were.

I don’t want our readers to misunderstand. Annabelle’s Angel deals with deep issues, but you keep it fun. It is a light Christmas read with a message. Would you share your message with us?

That God has a plan for each of us, and only He knows fully what it is. We can rely on others to help us find that purpose, but in the end, it’s between us and God. It’s never the same for any two people, and no one can tell us what we should be doing.

What can we expect to read next from you or what is your next project?

Fixing Perfect comes out in January, and I’m working on several other stories. I’ve got three different middle-grade novels I’m finishing up. I like to have a wide variety of projects to work on.

Okay, and I’ve already ready Fixing Perfect, and I would be blessed to have you share with us again on Inner Source in January.

Thanks again, Fay. God bless, and Merry Christmas!

AnnabellesAngel_w11882_680More About Annabelle’s Angel:

Annabelle Archer has been crushing on Rick Stockton for years. And now, when he notices her, it’s only because her brothers and sisters make it impossible for him to miss her. Annabelle still hasn’t decided if God’s will means she spends her life taking care of her six siblings, or if He has more in mind for her.Rick Stockton doesn’t mind that church activities and Annabelle’s brothers and sisters keep throwing Annabelle and Rick together. He just isn’t sure what it means. But as the kids keep trying to turn Rick into a snow angel—with sugar, baby powder, and more—he’ll work on figuring it out. Spending time with Annabelle’s family gives Rick a longing for one of his own…and an idea to make it happen.This Christmas, Annabelle may just find there’s a special angel in her corner, one that will stick around for a lifetime.

Therese has another Christmas Extravaganza novella that is in the top of my favorite Christmas reads. Here’s more about Everybody Loves Mickey:

EverybodyLovesMickey_w11272_680He’s a saint with a tarnished halo, and Aubrey Thomas can’t stand him…or can she?

Handsome fireman, Mickey Hurst is loved by all. He volunteers at the local parish where Aubrey Thomas works as an administrator. He sings in the choir. He leads the youth group. He even acts as the church handyman, but Aubrey knew him before he became Saint Mickey—when he told her he’d have to be drunk to kiss her…and he was. What’s so infuriating is that despite his horrible admission, Aubrey loves Mickey as much as everybody else.

Mickey doesn’t blame Aubrey for disliking him. After all, he kissed her when he wasn’t sober—and insulted her, to boot. Aubrey deserved a better man—a Godly man. But, since that fateful kiss, Mickey’s drawn closer to the Lord. With the intercession of God and the matchmaking parish staff, Mickey prays that this Christmas he will be able to prove to Aubrey he’s now the man for her.

 

Character Interview: Annabelle Archer from Therese M. Travis’s Annabelle’s Angel

AnnabellesAngel_w11882_680Today’s guest is Annabelle Archer, the heroine from Therese M. Travis’s Annabelle’s Angels, a Christmas Holiday Extravaganza from White Rose Publishing.

Annabelle, welcome. Please start out by telling us about yourself and your family.

I’m the oldest of seven children. Freddie, Joe, Faith, Matt, Brody and Victoria are my siblings. We live with our grandmother, but I’ve tried to be like a mother to the others since our parents were killed.

I don’t want to give away too much, but you suffered an injury and it left you with a scar. What type of an effect did this have on your life?

I’m just—ultra aware of it. It’s always there, reminding me of the accident. Reminding me that if I’d just paid attention—but I never liked to talk about it.

You also have some psychological scars. What do you believe to be their impact on your life?

It took me many years to admit I had inner scars as well as the outer ones I tried to hide. And it’s still hard for me to talk about them.

I don’t want to blame anyone for what happened. Not me, not someone else. They call them “accidents” for a reason, and that’s what killed my parents—an accident. But for a long time I allowed myself to believe I could have done something to keep them alive. It kind of kept me from living. Not that I did things the wrong way, but I did them with the wrong attitude.

You have some “angels” in your life. I’m interested in knowing how you think your life would have been different without the responsibility for their lives that was placed upon you due to a tragedy.

Wow. You mean, if I’d been able to go to college, live life away from these guys? Wow. I can’t imagine….  I wish my parents could be alive now, but the thought of me out in the world without the kids is just—jarring. Besides, without them, how would I have ever met Rick?

Romans 8:28 tells us that “all things happen for good …” No one in their right mind would blurt that out to you immediately after the tragedy that you faced, but now with time between now and then, can you look back and see where God was working to make all things right for you?

As I was saying, how else would I have met Rick? It’s so hard to grasp that concept, the “silver lining” of God’s plans. But once you get it, you get it. In fact, the other day I made bread, and it refused to rise. And I thought, OK, God, how are we going to find the blessings in this mess? And He whispered, “We could try making a sort of pizza. It’s already flatbread….” guess I’ve learned to look for the silver lining.

‘Scuze me, someone just fell out of the tree…

I hope they weren’t hurt. Thank you so much for sharing with us today. I look forward to talking to Therese on Wednesday.

More About Annabelle’s Angel:

Annabelle Archer has been crushing on Rick Stockton for years. And now, when he notices her, it’s only because her brothers and sisters make it impossible for him to miss her. Annabelle still hasn’t decided if God’s will means she spends her life taking care of her six siblings, or if He has more in mind for her.Rick Stockton doesn’t mind that church activities and Annabelle’s brothers and sisters keep throwing Annabelle and Rick together. He just isn’t sure what it means. But as the kids keep trying to turn Rick into a snow angel—with sugar, baby powder, and more—he’ll work on figuring it out. Spending time with Annabelle’s family gives Rick a longing for one of his own…and an idea to make it happen.This Christmas, Annabelle may just find there’s a special angel in her corner, one that will stick around for a lifetime.

Here’s more about Everybody Loves Mickey:

EverybodyLovesMickey_w11272_680He’s a saint with a tarnished halo, and Aubrey Thomas can’t stand him…or can she?

Handsome fireman, Mickey Hurst is loved by all. He volunteers at the local parish where Aubrey Thomas works as an administrator. He sings in the choir. He leads the youth group. He even acts as the church handyman, but Aubrey knew him before he became Saint Mickey—when he told her he’d have to be drunk to kiss her…and he was. What’s so infuriating is that despite his horrible admission, Aubrey loves Mickey as much as everybody else.

Mickey doesn’t blame Aubrey for disliking him. After all, he kissed her when he wasn’t sober—and insulted her, to boot. Aubrey deserved a better man—a Godly man. But, since that fateful kiss, Mickey’s drawn closer to the Lord. With the intercession of God and the matchmaking parish staff, Mickey prays that this Christmas he will be able to prove to Aubrey he’s now the man for her.

Therese TravisAbout the Author:

Therese is a wife, mother, grandmother, follower of Christ. She’s been writing stories since the age of eight, and “telling stories” (you know what that means) since long before. She finally figured out how to put those stories onto the page. She loves to talk about Jesus and His love for us, about her family, crafting, writing, and praying. You can connect with Therese at Pinterest and on Facebook.

Important to God by JoAnn Durgin

Closeup portrait of a young caucasian woman prayingIn Sleigh Ride Together with You, both Nicole Reardon and Alex Kingsfield have suffered deep personal losses. Nicole’s father left her family when she was thirteen. As a result, Nicole’s self-esteem was crushed, and then she saw how her dad’s abandonment devastated her mother. When she was fifteen, as she tells Alex, a friend invited her to church. This is what Nicole tells him:

“At the time, I was mad at God. Mad at the world, really, but especially at God. He’d taken my father away and my mom was so sick that she didn’t even know me. What kind of loving Father would do something like that?” She goes on to say, “Sitting there on that uncomfortable wooden pew, I began to soften as I listened to the pastor talk about how much God loves us. How He knows us and wants us to know and love Him. That slowly seeped into my brain and I began to understand that God didn’t cause any of those things to happen. We’re human, so we’re going to mess up. A lot. He never promises us an easy life. But He promised to always be there to help us, and it’s up to us to accept Him and His love.”

Alex’s best friend, Chase, was killed in car wreck when Alex was home on winter break during his freshman year of college. Alex had been in the car, and they’d been drinking. After the accident, Alex was wracked with guilt because he’d given Chase the last beer, the one that made him feel like he was invincible. This is what Alex tells Nicole: “If I’ve learned nothing else, Nicole, it’s that life holds no guarantees beyond this moment. After the accident, my dad told me in no uncertain terms that I had a choice. I could either reject Christ and what He did on the cross, or I could accept the grace He offered and step into a new life. Kneeling beside my dad in his office, I made the choice to accept that freedom Christ offered, and it changed my life.”

I’ve been blessed in my life. I haven’t suffered a deep, personal tragedy that has devastated me. But I’ve certainly faced my share of disappointment, loss, and heartache. These are all part of life, part of being human, and none of us are immune. Sometimes I feel as if I’m being persecuted in one way or another. Then the Lord helps me to put it into perspective by bringing to my attention that others face far greater challenges, many on a daily basis.

This is what I’ve learned: no matter how big, no matter how small, my problems are important to God. He doesn’t look at them as trivial, insignificant or insurmountable. He knows, and He wants me to cast all my cares on Him. His shoulders are more than wide enough to handle them all. Honestly, there are times when I don’t know what I’d do without the hope I’ve found in Christ. As a hurting child goes to his mother when he needs reassurance and comfort, how wonderful is the knowledge that—as a child of the King—we can surrender our troubles at the foot of the cross. The Lord never fails, He always sustains, and his love knows no bounds.

Near the end of Sleigh Ride Together with You, Alex says good-bye to Nicole as he prepares to Iowa to return to New York. He quotes this scripture to her from Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)

JoAnn Author Photo (Princess Cruise)About the Author:

JoAnn Durgin is the author of five novels (and counting) in the popular Lewis Legacy Series, as well as Catching Serenity, and Echoes of Edinburgh, and the Starlight Christmas Series: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Starlight, Star Bright, and Sleigh Ride Together with You. JoAnn lives with her husband and three children in southern Indiana and loves to hear from her readers at www.joanndurgin.com or www.facebook.com/authorjoanndurgin.

Sleigh Ride Together with You Cover (Largest)More About Sleigh Ride Together With You:

As the popular television co-host of Wake Up, Des Moines! Nicole Reardon has achieved her dream. So why has the network sent “image maker” Alex Kingsfield to the station? The irritatingly handsome man is also the first man she’s been attracted to since Jake Marston dumped her three years ago in Starlight, Iowa. When an unexpected assignment sends Nicole and Alex to Starlight, can she rise above the past and make this interview the defining moment of her career?

Alex Kingsfield knows Nicole is poised on the cusp of network stardom. But beneath the professional exterior is a small-town girl at heart, genuine and God-honoring. Alex holds the power to boost Nicole’s career to unknown heights. Or crush her dreams. From any angle, he’s caught in a “no win” situation when he finds himself falling for the beautiful Nicole. What’s a man to do when love comes calling at Christmas?

MeetMeUnderTheMistletoe_w11222_300About Meet Me Under the Mistletoe:

Jacob Marston, Starlight, Iowa’s hometown hero made a long-ago promise to the Lord: he won’t kiss a woman until he knows she’s “the one.” Now at age twenty-eight, the rugged firefighter questions if it’ll ever happen. Then, he meets his best friend’s sister, and Jake believes he’s found the woman of his dreams. But what will she think when she discovers his vow?

When Julia makes an unexpected confession on Christmas Day, Jake shares his secret with her, and it looks as though happily-ever-after will make a holiday appearance.

But somehow, everyone in the tiny town of Starlight learns Jake’s secret, and he’s instantly transformed from town hero to laughingstock. Did Julia reveal his secret? Can Jake forget the humiliation and find his way under the mistletoe to share a forever kiss with Julia?

About Starlight, Star Bright:

StarlightStarbright_w11612_680Dante Moretti, Texas-born goalie of an Italian World Cup champion team, expects Starlight, Iowa will be only a blip on the radar of his life. Grabbing a quick meal at Barney’s Diner during the holidays, Dante meets two women who capture his heart in very different ways. Then his rental car won’t start and leaves him stranded. Does the Lord have a plan for bringing him—and keeping him—in Starlight?

Amanda Marston is excited to be home for her brother’s wedding. When she drops in for a cup of coffee at Barney’s, she’s charmed by the mysterious, Italian-spouting cowboy. Before she can blink, the handsome stranger is helping with projects all over town and working his way into her heart. Does God have a plan for Dante in her beloved little Starlight or will he take her heart with him when he returns to Italy?

Author Interview: Marian P. Merritt

Marian P. Merritt -HeadshotToday’s guest is Marian P. Merritt, the author of two of my favorite Christmas Holiday Extravaganza novellas, Southern Fried Christmas and Deep Freeze Christmas.  Marian writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. She is an author and freelance writer with over ten years experience. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and online websites and garnered a first place award in ACFW’s Genesis contest.

Marian is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and an accounting certificate from the University of South Alabama. This Louisiana native writes from the Northwest Colorado home she shares with her husband and a very spoiled Labradoodle. Connect with her through Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter

Welcome, Marian. You have such a unique brand for your writing. Would you share that with our readers?

My tagline is: Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains. It brands me as an author as well as my stories. I’m a Louisiana Cajun gal living in Colorado. My stories have a Louisiana/Colorado connection. In some stories the connection is subtle, but it’s still there.

You are from the Deep South, but you now live in Colorado. I’d be interested to know what you like most about Louisiana and Colorado … and what you like the least about each location.

Least:  Colorado—Piles of snow that require shoveling.

Louisiana: Humidity, multitude of bugs.

Most:   Colorado—The weather in the summer is amazing. I actually want to be outdoors!

Louisiana—The food, the culture, the warm southern hospitality.

The story, Deep Freeze Christmas, your heroine is a sous chef. I asked Leona to explain what a sous chef does, but I’m interested in knowing if you are writing from experience or research. In other words are you one of those people that like to cook?

I do love to  cook – but I’m certainly not a chef! Which simply means I like to cook great meals that my husband and I prepare together and enjoy together. I’m not as comfortable cooking for other people. And that whole planning and preparing thing—don’t like it so much.  

I found the relationship between your heroine and the master chef, Julian Mayeux, very refreshing. Most chefs are portrayed like the ones we see on television—tough and demanding. I got the idea that Julian demanded the best from Leona, but he also is like a father figure to her. Is their relationship a mirror of a real relationship in your life?

Their relationship is very similar to relationships I had with co-workers when I worked for an oil company in south Louisiana and in Mobile, AL. I was a young single mom and many of the older men sort of adopted me as their daughter.

A little birdy tells me that you have another Christmas story. Would you mind sharing that with us as well as any other projects you might have?

I would love to share! My recently released novel, A Cajun Christmas Miracle, is another Christmas story with a Louisiana gal and a Colorado cowboy set in South Louisiana. Throw in the gal’s three-year-old son who has autism, a rescued horse, and the real meaning of Christmas, and you have a heartwarming story of second chances and God’s miraculous hand.

Releasing in February 2015, The Vigil, is my first Women’s Fiction novel and one that is close to my heart. It’s the genre that I love to write and feel blessed to share this one with my readers.

For book details visit my website at: http://www.marianmerritt.com

Fay, thank you for having me here at Inner Source. It’s been a pleasure visiting with you and your readers.

Thank you for joining us, and I’m inviting you back right now to share the Inner Source about The Vigil. I’ve had the awesome pleasure of reading the story already, and I know our readers will want to know about this one.

DeepFreezeChristmas_w11849_png (1)More about Deep Freeze Christmas:

Louisiana Chef Leona Buquet agrees to cook at a Colorado mountain lodge during the Christmas holiday. When she meets the son of a movie producer, she is taken by his striking good looks and warm personality. Trouble is, with glamorous actresses clamoring for his attention, why would he even notice Leona?

Cameron Fleming struggles with being in a career he hates in order to please his famous father. When he meets Leona, he feels a connection to her and wants an opportunity to get to know her. That is hard to do while dodging starlets…and the woman he wants is avoiding him.

Can love sizzle, along with the Cajun dishes, in subzero temperatures?

SouthernFriedChristmas_w11200_680 (1)About Southern Fried Christmas, another Christmas Extravaganza novella:

Love: purer than Colorado snow, deeper than a Louisiana bayou.

The Colorado Rockies have always been home to journalist Kelly Shepherd, but after the death of her father, and facing her first Christmas alone, she accepts an assignment that leads her deep into Louisiana’s Cajun country.

Since his wife’s death, Denny Labouve has focused his attention on his ten-year-old daughter and the family business, but Kelly sparks the dying embers of his heart even as a Christmas cold front moves through his beloved Cajun country.

Will Denny and Kelly be able to trust God to bridge the span between the Colorado Rockies and the Louisiana bayou?

a-cajun-christmas-miracle-cover-web-copyAbout A Cajun Christmas Miracle

“Who knows anything about love at seventeen? All those hormones raging, and life decisions to make.”

Thirteen years ago, Mandy St. Pierre and Bridger Mathews were in high school and hopelessly in love. When his parents moved to Colorado in his senior year, Mandy was left behind with a broken heart and a secret. When Bridger never contacted her, she questioned the reality and depth of their love.

While neither has forgotten the other and the deep first love they shared, their lives took different paths. Mandy married and became mother to a child with special needs. Bridger married only to loose his wife to cancer three years later.

Now Mandy and Bridger are thrown together for the wedding of her cousin and his best friend. Mandy, abandoned by her husband, has moved back to Belle Camellia, the River Road, Louisiana plantation home of her youth with Daniel, her three-year-old son who has autism. Bridger is working next door with a rescue horse his best friend has saved.

When Mandy’s son bonds with Bridger and his horse, Mandy is torn. She wrangles with letting Bridger back into her life, letting him into her son’s life, her unnatural fear of horses, and her wavering faith in God.

Through Daniel’s fearless attachment to the horse and Bridger, both Mandy and Bridger are forced to confront the past. Revealed truths present perfect opportunities for forgiveness. Will they let go of the past hurts? Can they open their hearts to trust one another in order to give Daniel an experience that may unlock his world and allow him to interact like never before?