Book Recommendation: A Stray Drop of Blood by Roseanna M. White

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Back Cover blurb:

Beautiful is a dangerous thing to be when one is unprotected.

For seven years, Abigail has been a slave in the Visibullis house. With a Hebrew mistress and a Roman master, she has always been more family than servant . . . until their son returns to Jerusalem after his years in Rome. Within a few months Jason has taken her to his bed and turned her world upsidedown. Maybe, given time, she can come to love him as he says he loves her. But how does she open her heart to the man who ruined her?

Israel’s unrest finds a home in her bosom, but their rebellion tears apart her world. Death descends with Barabbas’s sword, and Abigail is determined to be there when the criminal is punished. But when she ventures to the trial, Barabbas is not the one the crowd calls to crucify. Instead, it is the teacher her master and Jason had begun to follow, the man from Nazareth that some call the Son of God . . .

Born free, made a slave, married out of her bonds, Abigail never knows freedom until she feels the fire of a stray drop of blood from a Jewish carpenter. Disowned by Israel, despised by Rome, desired by all, she never knows love until she receives the smile of a stoic Roman noble.

Narelle: A Stray Drop of Blood  is Roseanna M. White’s captivating debut Biblical fiction novel. The story is set in Jerusalem and Rome around the time of Jesus’ ministry.

Eight year old Hebrew girl Abigail is orphaned and sold into slavery by her stepfather. She is purchased by a Roman prefect as a companion for his Hebrew wife. Abigail is educated and raised as if she was their own daughter and her immense beauty is both a blessing and curse. Six years later her master’s son, a Roman soldier, returns home after a six year absence and claims Abigail as his own before she can be given in marriage to her fellow slave and best friend. Abigail is forced to accept her new situation and feels abandoned by her God.

Tragedy befalls her Master’s household and Abigail’s encounter with Jesus on the day he is crucified both challenges her faith and transforms her life. Her faith is tested as she loses loved ones and cannot escape being treated as a Hebrew slave despite changes in her circumstances. A powerful love story unfolds and Abigail struggles with her seemingly futile desire to be with the man she loves.

A Stray Drop of Blood is an honest story that explores the best and worst of human nature. Realistic and compelling character’s struggle with temptation and the differences between the Hebrew and Roman society create strong emotional conflict. The story is action packed, with masterful plot twists and the spiritual element flows seamlessly through the story. I recommend A Stray Drop of Blood to those looking for a challenging and exciting Biblical fiction story.

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Heartsong Presents: April new releases

Narelle here. My first fiction book release with Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents line is scheduled for February 2014. On the last Tuesday of each month, I’m posting information on the new Heartsong Presents releases for the following month.

Harlequin publishes four Heartsong Presents books each month: two contemporary inspirational romances and two historical inspirational romances. They also publish the Love Inspired books, including contemporary romance (Love Inspired), historical romance (Love Inspired Historical) and romantic suspense (Love Inspired Suspense).

International readers outside the USA and Canada can purchase the print books online from Amazon and The Book Depository (free international shipping). If you’re looking for inspirational (Christian) romances to read, please check out the Heartsong Presents and Love Inspired books.

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Symon Sinclair grew up in the caretaker’s cottage.

Now a successful writer in New York, he’s returned home to Savannah to thank his mentor, Miss B, for all her support. But it’s her niece Annabelle who greets him at the door. Symon remembers the little rich girl who never gave him a moment’s notice. Now she’s a beauty who has more depth than he’d ever imagined. As they spend time together, Symon begins to question his attitude toward life—and Annabelle.

Former beauty queen Annabelle Yarwood had her life all planned out—until she came face-to-face with the caretaker’s son. Suddenly those plans seem stifling. Just as Annabelle begins letting Symon into her heart, she discovers he’s been keeping a secret about his life in New York. Has their love story ended before it’s even begun?

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Read The Caretaker’s Son excerpt at Amazon.com

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Does Callie have a second chance at love?

Callie Dawson has spent the past five years caring for her terminally ill parents and working as a hospice nurse, and now her small-town roots have called her home to Tennessee. Used to healing others, she needs to make peace with God…and start over. But first she has to face the past. A terrible misunderstanding separated her from Kirk Jacobs, the rancher she once loved with all her heart. Is this her chance to make things right?

Kirk can’t believe Callie’s back—working at his family’s B and B and rekindling powerful feelings. The rancher knows he should take things slowly, but his heart tells him something else…. And when a devastating diagnosis threatens their newfound bond, Kirk has to show Callie that he’ll always be there for her. Because he can’t lose her a second time.

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Read A Heart Healed excerpt at Amazon.com

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Adrella always noticed him

Everyone took notice of the handsome lighthouse keeper when he visited the mainland. Especially shopkeeper’s daughter Adrella Murphy. But the enigmatic man never said a word to anyone. When Adrella is stranded with him on an isolated island during a storm, will she give up her dreams of true love and marry him to save her reputation?

As a doctor in the Civil War, Dathan Adams saw too much suffering, and he withdrew from the world to his beloved lighthouse. Now a hurricane forces a spirited Irish lass into his care. To stay alive, he must set aside his solitude and work side by side with Adrella. When her strength and faith erode his defenses, a tragedy might just yield unexpected love.

Read There’s Always Tomorrow excerpt at Amazon.com

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She has the perfect life…or so she thought

Barbara Richardson is living a charmed life. Perfect family, beautiful voice, wealthy fiancé. But when she realizes her soon-to-be husband only values her for her pretty face, her life is suddenly in turmoil. Then a handsome young man comes to her rescue when she’s stranded in a storm on Christmas Eve. And the world suddenly seems full of possibilities….

Unlike her former fiancé, Jackson Judge loves Barbara for everything she is, inside and out. But how could so lovely and talented a woman ever love a scarred monster like him? All he can see, shut away in his room, are his wounds from Pearl Harbor. Jackson finds himself questioning God’s plan, but Barbara knows real love looks deeper than beauty or scars. Eyes of love see straight to the heart.

Read With Eyes of Love excerpt at Amazon.com

Narelle Atkins

NARELLE ATKINS writes contemporary inspirational romance and lives in Canberra, Australia. She recently sold her debut novel, set in Australia, to Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents line in a six-book contract. Her first book, Falling for the Farmer, will be a February 2014 release. http://www.narelleatkins.com

Narelle is a co-founder of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance (ACRBA) http://www.acrba.blogspot.com

ACRBA tour More than a Mouse

18 – 22 March

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Hyaline House Publishing April 2013

By

Penny Reeve

If you click on the link you will be able to preorder the book from Penny’s website.

About the Book

Tania Abbey is so excited. She’s waited and waited and it’s finally her turn to bring Pepperoni, the class mouse, home for a week. But her mum isn’t convinced – not with Gran coming to stay – and when Tania’s brother Daniel is involved in a serious accident, the little black and white mouse doesn’t seem quite so important after all. Unimportant, that is, until one night Pepperoni decides to escape…

About the Author

Penny Reeve grew up as the child of missionary parents in a variety of cross cultural settings. She then went to university, got married and served for several years herself in PNG and Nepal.

She now lives with her family in Western Sydney and is the author of 11 children’s books including the very popular Find the Animal series for young children and the social-justice themed Tania Abbey novels.

Website: http://www.pennyreeve.com/

Narelle: I really enjoyed reading this delightful children’s book. Tania Abbey is the kind of girl you’d like your daughter to befriend. She is kind, thoughtful and not afraid to embark on a few adventures. Pepperoni is a cute mouse who plays a pivotal role in the story.

The story flows well and we gain an insight into Tania’s faith as she deals with various issues, including her brother’s accident. I was a little confused by the significance of a couple of minor characters until I realised More than a Mouse is not the first book in the series. I recommend this book to children who are looking for an engaging story that reveals Biblical truths.

Book Recommendation: Rainbow’s End novella collection

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Book Description: 

Join a geocaching adventure in the spectacular Lake of the Ozarks wilderness, with Lyssa, the enthusiastic volunteer who can’t see past her own plans; Madison, a city girl paired with an outdoorsy guy who gets on her very last nerve; Hadley, who doesn’t know enough about guys to realize she’s met a womanizer; and cautious Reagan, who meets an equally cautious guy. Will they find the treasure they’re looking for … or something else entirely?

Back Cover blurb: 

It’s always an interesting group of strangers who show up for the first annual Rainbow’s End geocache hunt, and the spectacular scenery along the bluffs of the Lake of the Ozarks is just one reason…

Topaz Treasure by Valerie Comer

Lyssa, hoping she can get over her fears and point folks to the treasure found in Jesus, is startled to find her former college professor among the group. Will he upset her mission?

Beneath the Surface by Annalisa Daughety

City girl Madison is annoyed that her sister signed her up and then bailed – but now she’s been paired with a complete stranger! Worse, he’s one of those outdoorsy types.

Love’s Prize by Cara C. Putman

Reagan has always played it safe, doing everything by the book. And then she meets her brother’s frat brother, a guy who’s got his life mapped out, too.

Welcome Home, Love by Nicole O’Dell

After winning her life-long battle to get fit, Hadley can’t wait to meet the people who didn’t know her “before”. But Brad is that species of guy she has no experience with: a player.

God only knows if this adventure in the woods will lead to heartache… or love.

Narelle: I really enjoyed reading this novella collection. Each romance centers around the Rainbow’s End geocache hunt. I learned more about geocaching in each story and I liked the outdoors summer setting. The stories run concurrently and one of the novellas has a suspense element. I recommend this novella collection to those looking for fun romance stories with an outdoors theme.

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A Life Worth Living

by Narelle Atkins

I recently attended a funeral for a beloved member of my extended family. The funeral home was packed full of people who were paying their respects and supporting my family. I remembered the old saying about how there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. Some people try their best to avoid paying taxes. But, none of us can ignore or change the fact that one day our earthly bodies will die and we will leave this world.

Funerals are a celebration of the life of our loved ones and also a reminder that our time on this earth will end, date and time unknown. It was encouraging to listen to a number of people speak about the contribution my family member had made in the community. He had not wasted opportunities to help others and his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of the many people touched by his life.

Four days after Lazarus had died, his sister, Martha, went out to greet Jesus. Martha believed that her brother would not have died if Jesus had been with them.

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again at the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

“Yes Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” (Luke 11:23-27)

Jesus wept with Martha and her sister, Mary. He went to the tomb and performed a miracle by raising Lazarus from the dead.

Our loved ones may not be miraculously healed like Lazarus, but we have confidence in knowing that our physical death is not the end. The Bible tells us that faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour will bring us eternal life. Jesus has conquered death by paying the price for our sins through his death and resurrection. Death no longer has a hold on us and we can be comforted by the knowledge that we can be reunited with our loved ones in the life to come.

One Day Writing Seminar in Sydney, Australia

AN INVITATION TO A CHRISTIAN WRITERS SEMINAR

SATURDAY, 20TH APRIL 2013

10.30AM TO 3.30PM

AT

St Philip’s Anglican Church Hall, Eastwood

Cnr. Shaftsbury Rd and Clanalpine St

PRESENTER: NARELLE ATKINS,

A romance novelist.

SUBJECTS WILL COVER:

• How to write engaging and effective blog posts to promote your work.

• Writing a proposal to catch an editor’s attention.

• Traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

RSVP: 13th April

COST: Early bird by 31st March $10, other $15, includes light lunch and morning tea.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT CONTACT:

Margaret McDonald: Ph 02 9869 1563

e-mail: alan.mc [at] optusnet [dot] com [dot] au

Mailing Address: 5 Plympton Rd,

Carlingford NSW 2118

Cheques to be made payable to Australian Christian Writers Fellowship. Bank deposits possible on request.