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Available February 1, 2017
Reality Meets its Match
Virtual Match #1
Ronnie Shay isn’t willing to risk a real relationship. Virtual Match offers her a fake boyfriend, which should satisfy her nagging family. And keep her heart safe. Unexpected attraction sparks with her imaginary beau unearthing a past secret Ronnie thought was banished. When her virtual boyfriend wants to meet, reality rains ruin on Ronnie’s chance for a romantic connection with the not-so-invisible man. Will her heart survive? Is love worth the gamble?
Available in digital format only. Purchase links from all retailers can be found from Roane Publishing’s Page.
IN THE BEGINNING
Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.
Stories include: Daniel and the Dragon by Stephen Clements, Babylon by Nicole Crucial, Last Will and Testament by Mike Hays, The Demon Was Me by Sharon Hughson, The Deluge by Marti Johnson, Condemned by Elle O’Neill, First Wife by Lora Palmer and Emmaculate by Christina Raus.
Here’s an excerpt from “The Demon was Me”:
The ghastly black fog overtook me. Icicles pierced my back. Every muscle in my body spasmed. I plunged face-first against the ground. Something sharp gouged my cheek. Shivery tingles pervaded my insides. A vile presence pressed against my mind.
“Get out!” I rolled to my back, arms outstretched. I wanted to fight, throw the intruder off me. But how can you resist something as ethereal as air?
Laughter rang in my ears. Sinister. It shuddered against my soul. Terror and hopelessness collided in my chest. A foreign power clutched at my mind.
I screamed. I rolled to my side and squeezed my eyes shut. If only I could disappear.
Another dark wave of laughter echoed through my skull. Convulsions gripped me.
Against my will, my limbs flailed in every direction. A spike pressed into my mind. I cradled my throbbing head. My body, a tumbleweed in the wind, spun on the ground.
This is the genre I’ve been waiting to break into, even if it’s with a romantic fantasy.
Three of the five stories involve shifters of some sort. There are cat shifters and bird shifters and even a unique horse shifter. You’d rather read about the fae? Oh, don’t worry, they’re represented as well.
Maybe, like me, you’re more excited by elves and dragons. Never fear! A dragon story closes out the anthology. And the elf tale? Let me tell you about that one.
My story, “Duty of Desire,” features an elf traveling from her realm to Earth in search of her missing brother. Does he even want to be found? Meanwhile, a man whose job is to protect Earth’s citizens from cursed magical objects is after the amulet that transported Alyona from her realm.
Talk about conflicting agendas. Will Alyona let duty overrule desire? What about Camden? His desire is running wild. Can he set that aside to do his duty?
Hearts of Valor
It takes a heart of valor to survive love’s battlefield.
Six veteran themed romantic tales brimming with love and sacrifice are sure to show us all what it truly means to have a Heart of Valor.
Includes historical romances: “A Manly Man” by Jean Young and “Promises Kept” by Terri Rockenski. The other, more contemporary stories are “The Promise” by London St. James, “Feathers” by T.E. Hodden and “Goin’ Home” by Phillip Lisagor.
Here’s the blurb for my short story, starring the minor characters from “Dream Architect”:
Hero of Her Heart – Sharon Hughson
Nicole Taylor has loved Vincent for years. Now he’s back from serving in the Army, and she’s determined to make him see her as something other than a little sister.
After a heated Valentine’s date, Nicole is confused by Vince’s withdrawal. She confronts him, but no matter how hot their physical attraction, he keeps backing away.
Nicole helps him follow his lifelong dreams but he drifts further from her happily-ever-after plans. What will it take for him to see he is truly the hero of her heart?
“An engaging, enjoyable and touching collection of romantic short stories. Perfect reading for an afternoon, curled up in front of the fire with a warm drink.
In “Hero of Her Heart”, a young girl’s adoration has grown into a young woman’s love. Is Nicole’s faith in Vince enough when he doesn’t believe he deserves her love? A picture of hero worship, strong faith in another; this is a sweet romance.” Connie Craddock, early reader
In the beginning, I herded goats on father’s farm when Jehovah’s messenger visited me. He claimed “Blessed art thou among women.”
Blessed? The speculation about my untimely pregnancy turned to shunning and isolation. Caesar’s decree forced a grueling trip to Bethlehem during my final weeks of pregnancy. And then, under cover of darkness, I fled Herod’s murderous wrath. Is it any wonder I questioned the angel’s claim?
Yahweh blessed me with a quiver full of children. But love brings sorrow. Torn between two sons, my heart bled. Like old Simeon said, a sword pierced my soul – again and again. And the killing blow was yet to come…
The second edition released December 1, 2015 includes an eight-page study guide. Understand the mother of the Messiah in a special way this holiday season.
What readers are saying:
“This is an excellent fictional account of what it might have been like to walk in Mary’s shoes.” – Barbara Stem, read the entire review here
“I was joyfully engaged throughout. I loved how you kept with the Hebraic timeline, which kept the events and Jesus (Yeshua) within His Jewish context. For those who don’t know the Jewish culture of the first century, you introduced them well into the world of Jesus. I loved how Mary did not only connect with all women and mothers, specifically, but you kept her as a Jewish mother who showed disappointment and sternness to her hard-hearted son, but kept him in prayer.” Adrian Bernal, D.Min
“The best part about getting this book to read at this moment is that I have been studying the gospels, and figuring out who was who. This book just made me want to keep digging. It is funny how you read parts of scripture through hundreds of times and you still discover new ground to explore.” – Cindy Mathews, WAS Ministries
“I loved the story! It is very powerful to think about how Mary would have really felt. It really made me stop and meditate on that for a while.” – Kelli Simonds, author Seven Attitude Changing Postures of a Christian
Finding Focus Through the Lens of God’s Word
In the fast-paced world of womanhood, life becomes a blur. What’s a Christian to do? With so many programs and projects clamoring for attention, what should she pay attention to? How can she find focus when everything seems to spin out of control?
In this Bible study, the author shares personal anecdotes and biblical fictionalizations to demonstrate how our world overwhelms us, diverting our attention from the essential to the urgent. After identifying these problem areas, the Bible study portion of each lesson dials the focus button to proper priorities. An application section helps readers take a personal inventory and glean direction from the Word of God to zoom in on what’s important in our walk with the Lord.
This book is being released in conjunction with a speaking event: Finding Focus Women’s Conference. To celebrate the release, follow this link to purchase the book and enter the following coupon code to recieve the special conference-only price (25 percent off).
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Charles H. Spurgeon referred to Psalm 119 as The Longest Psalm. Indeed it is. One long poem about the usefulness of God’s Word in our lives. And the greatness of the One who inspired the poet to write it.
Discover that value for yourself through nine Bible lessons. Exploring the twenty-two daily devotions with the author might even inspired you to personalize this poetry in your own heart.
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