Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.
Take a journey through The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon and step into the vignette as if you’re an actor in a play. Discover your stage names, Love, and Beloved Solomon, and realize you are the Bride of Christ and Jesus Christ is your Groom. Find relevancy in reading Song of Solomon as a love-letter, and receive the divine love and peace your Groom offers.
Explore New Testament parallels, such as 1) your Groom’s pierced, beryl-set hands which drip with the sacrificial and priestly oils of frankincense and myrrh; 2) the marriage cup of wine, which is the believer’s Communion cup; and 3) Mt. Hermon’s secluded prayer garden, which is equivalent to the Holy of Holies, which has now been opened by Christ’s shed blood on Calvary’s cross. This is your personal journey of completion through your Groom Jesus Christ’s divine kisses of peace.
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The newest craze for millennials is to ditch the top sheet on their bedding. My grandsons have bought into this craze which makes more work for me. They sleep on top of both sheets and have the blanket against their skin. Yuck. I not only need to wash their bedding every time they stay, I also have to wash their blankets. So, I have an invested interest in making sure this fad doesn’t go any further.
We are human waste machines. Every night while we are sleeping, we shed pollen, fungi, bacteria, sweet, dead skin cells, and more. Can anyone say gross? That’s why I prefer to shower in the morning instead of at night. That’s also the reason I was my sheets at least every other week. If you have allergies, it’s even worse. All those particles turn into dust which attracts dust mites, tiny little creatures you can’t see but will play havoc with your allergies.
The top sheet has a wonderful purpose. When I use it, I don’t have to bother washing my blanket when I wash my sheets. To not wash a blankets which has been against my skin and has collected all those gross things is too disgusting to even be considered, but the top sheet protects my blanket from all of those nasty things. If I was my blanket too often, the fabric will suffer and deteriorate over time. If it’s a fuzzy blanket, frequent washings create all those weird hard fuzzies. If it’s the quilt my grandmother made, it won’t last another five years. Besides, blankets are bulky and can’t be washed with sheets, so they require a separate load.
So please, please, please, just use a top sheet. It’s no big deal to throw it in the wash with a bottom sheet, and it’s much easier to fold or use on the bed. If you get hot, scrunch the blanket to the bottom of the bed, or do what I do. Stick you feet out of the covers. But whatever you do, keep that top sheet covering you and your disgusting shedding particles.
The big cat sat on the oversized rock, ears pointed toward the sky, every muscle taut, every sense at the ready.
“S-s-shut up and f-f-forget it. You’ve s-seen nothing and know nothing. I won’t warn you again. G-g-got it?”
The cat’s head swiveled, his ears twitching as if catching the hint of threat in the whisper. A soft hiss slid from his open mouth and reinforced the overtone of evil pressing in upon the scene. Within hours, lies and dark secrets are slithering all over the campground.
Coaxed into finding the animal killer at Jamieson’s Outfitters, Tara Layne, with her sidekick, Boet, is welcomed by a threatening whisper and the unfriendly eyes of a rugged and devastatingly handsome manager. Wesley Clarke, both interesting and frustrating, holds an attraction for Tara that is both primitive and exasperating.
Intermingled with her search, Tara deals with her own heartbreaking buried secrets. When a strange old Native American probes into the recesses of her heart, he encourages her to face her bitter feelings.
As Tara closes in on her search, she finds herself—and Boet—the target of someone who’s determined to outrun and outsmart her. Someone determined not to get caught.
Fun as fast as you can, you can’t catch me.
Can Tara run fast enough to catch this real live Gingerbread boy
before he decides to get rid of her and Boet?
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America is well known for the modern missionary movement. The missionary movement is credited with starting in the mid 1800s during the Second Great Awakening, but it really began with a 100 year prayer movement in colonial times. The people who started this movement were called the Moravians.
On this day in 1727, a group of Moravians in Saxony started a round the clock prayer meeting that lasted 110 years. By 1737, Moravians had settled in Savannah, Georgia to share the Gospel. At this time, they met John Wesley, from the first Great Awakening and had a profound impact on his ministry.
In 1741, the Moravians moved to an estate owned by John Whitfield, another preacher from the Great Awakening, and started ministering to the Delaware Indians in the region. They established the towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth in Pennsylvania and moved throughout the colonies sharing the Gospel wherever they went.
By 1772, the Delaware were being pushed into Ohio, and the Moravians followed them. They set up two villages there, one in Schoenbrunn and one in Gnadenhutten. They risked great dangers, not only from the other tribes, but from the British forces once the Revolutionary War began. The British accused the Moravians of informing the colonialist about troop movements, a charge that was mostly true.
The Moravians finally abandoned their villages to move on to avoid clashes with the British. That fall, a group of converted Delaware returned to Gnadenhutten to harvest their crops. They were massacred by American soldiers who mistakenly thought they were raiders.
There aren’t that many Moravian in the United States today although there are clusters of congregations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia. There are also some areas in Canada with large Moravian populations. Moravians in America moved on to evangelize other parts of the world. The largest groups of Moravians now live in East Africa and the Caribbean. They left their mark on America though through their missionary endeavors and paved the way for other missionaries.
Ryle Sadler stared down at the financial statement lying on his desk. His investment firm had just sent him another record of overwhelming success. Time to sell his share in this stock. Ryle came from the poor side of the tracks, but that had no bearing on his success in life—which he keeps hidden from everyone, especially those in Appleton. But when he buys the local, rundown bed and breakfast, mysterious revelations from beneath the site are suddenly threatening to ruin his good standing with the citizens.
Then along comes Jazzi Sanderson. Jazzi has a reputation of being wild, but Ryle sees more than is on the top layer of this woman. Beneath that tough, wild streak lurks a woman who wants to be loved by the right person, a woman who is tender-hearted and who is just finding out that God is real.
Are Ryle and Jazzi’s worlds too far apart or can their differences help them solve the mystery that lies beneath Ryle’s bed and breakfast? Will the evil person behind it all be able to silence them, or can Ryle’s golden touch prevail in this endeavor too?
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Lightning and thunder crash around her as Elizabeth runs from her pursuer. She rests for only a moment … or so she thinks. Castles … swords … men of war … Elizabeth is stunned! How did she arrive in England? Who brought her here? As she struggles to uncover the events that landed her at Fairwick Castle, nothing is as it should be. Danger surrounds her. Forced to put her trust in the arrogant Lord Nicolas Fairwick, Elizabeth prays for God’s intervention.
“Teresa Smyser has crafted a mysterious and intriguing love story that will keep readers hooked until the end. Danger, adventure, and romance abound in the Warrior and Lady Rebel!” Katie Clark, author of the Enslaved Series
“Teresa Smyser has written a story that captured my attention from beginning to end. My life is such I can only read a few chapters at a time, but each time I wanted to read one more chapter. If you enjoy love, intrigue, and suspense, you will enjoy The Warrior and Lady Rebel.” Richard M. Wright, Grace Like a River Flows Series
“A dangerous, brooding man and a sassy, confident woman come together in a story full of dysfunctional family dynamics, intrigue and mystery. The Warrior and Lady Rebel is a page-turner, that’s for sure!” Dana Pratola, author of the Descended Series
Join Teresa Smyser on June 1 for her book launch party on Facebook at this link. She’s giving away a copy of her book, a $25 Amazon Card, and other prizes during the party.
During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away two days before Christmas to help at another settlement, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day. When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas. Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.
Join Tamera at the All Things Christmas Virtual Party Monday at this link.
Toni DeLuca, the Italian owner of DeLuca Construction, finds herself confronted with doubts about her father and his possible deceptions—all because of the mysterious pink notes she’s been receiving.
Relations with Perrin Douglas who has a troubling history—but the first man in years who’s interested her—is building to a peak. Yet Perrin’s own personal problems and his doubts about women and God, keep getting in the way.
Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business may ruin Christmas for Toni’s employees as well as her own happiness.
Will a mysterious person succeed in pulling off the biggest scam Appleton, West Virginia has ever seen? And will this culprit destroy Toni’s last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams?
Join Carole at the All Things Christmas Virtual Party Monday at this link.
Inspired by the song, Mary Did You Know? — a mother’s memories of events leading up to and following that one holy night. MARY, DID YOU KNOW?
A young woman seeking her own identity searches for the man who tried to kill her and her mother on Christmas Eve twenty years before. A ROSE FROM THE ASHES
Princess, tower, sorceress, dragon, brave knight, clever peasant — combine these ingredients into a Christmas-time story that isn’t quite what you’d expect. RETURN TO CALLIDORA
Anticipating tough financial times, the decision not to buy or exchange presents leads to some painful and surprising revelations for a hardworking man and his family. NOT THIS YEAR
Years ago, a gunman and a store full of hostages learned some important lessons about faith and pain and what really matters in life — and the echoes from that day continue to the present. THOSE WHO STAYED
A community of refugees, a brutal winter, a doorway to another world — a touch of magic creating holiday joy for others leads to a Christmas wish fulfilled. CRYSTAL CHRISTMAS
Meet Michelle Levigne and JPC Allen, two of the authors, at the Christian Fiction Lovers All Things Christmas Virtual Party at this link.