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Sunday, June 15, 2014

The best and worst things about having a Dada

          A year ago this weekend Dada got home from being a soldier. Before that, I thought Dadas were flat and lived in Ipad screens.

         It’s been interesting having a Dada. So I writes about it. Here are my ‘flections (reflections) on the good, the bad, the wugly (ugly) of having a Dada.*

Good: Dada’s are very good at “playing trains.” And my Dada holds me upside down and throws me in the air and wrestles me. Dadas are good at going down slides and playing on playgrounds too.

Bad: Dada makes me eat dinner, and chew, and chew, and chew. I used to spit all my food out and then cry until Mama gives me hotdogs and applesauce and even sometimes cookies. But now I haves to eat my din-din (dinner) every day.

Ugly: Dada kisses Mama!! It’s not fair. I’m the only one that should get kisses. And no matter how loud I scream, Dada STILL kisses Mama. I didn’t have to deal with this when Dada was a soldier. L

*If your Dada is gone to be a soldier or something else, I mam (I am) sorry. You should eat more cookies and give your mama lots of kisses because she’s all yours.



HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, DADA! I’m glad you're home. I gots you a card that sings the lion song and bought you SO many cookies.

~Joe-Joe

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Read & Relax Weekend Edition

Another book from an author at my literary agency. 
Esther Lovejoy's The Sweet Side of Suffering

Suffering is often a reality people don’t choose. However, they do have a choice in how to respond to it. In The Sweet Side of Suffering, author M. Esther Lovejoy explores the character of God to help readers find a response that sweetens the bitter waters of suffering. This engaging book is written in a narrative voice, sharing biblical truths and practical insights from the author’s personal experiences. Readers can find a message of hope and encouragement as they discover a fresh perspective on strengthening their relationship with God and renewing their confidence in knowing that He is always there.

Endorsed by Joni Eareckson Tada  & Ravi Zacharias

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Follow Esther Lovejoy's blog View From the Sparrow's Nest

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim’s Brother-in-Law: Brutal Pre-Execution Flogging Will “Take Her Skin Off”

After interviewing Meriam Ibrahim's (the imprisoned Sudanese Christian woman on death row for her faith) brother-in-law, I wrote another article on her plight. This one was featured on Life News.

Read the full article here

Monday, June 9, 2014

A Bowl of Sherbet

Guest blogged about a random act of kindness on a fellow Hartline Literary Agency author's blog--Christina Rich. Christina's debut novel the Guardian's Promise just came out a few months ago.


Two thousand twelve was a rough year for me. Not that 2011 was exactly easy. I spent most of that year throwing up. No, for some lucky few, morning sickness is not restricted to just mornings or just the first trimester. And then there was the cross-country move and my husband’s transition from full time military to once-a-week National Guard and the subsequent lack of income and bedbug-infested apartment. After all that, 2012 had to be more peaceful than 2011, right? Surprise.
Two thousand twelve opened with the birth of our adorable baby boy—who wasn’t breathing. He was rushed to NICU only for the doctors to discover . . .

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Read & Relax: Weekend Edition

And I'm back with the 2nd "Read & Relax: Weekend Edition" featuring books from other authors at my literary agency.




Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther

In 1944, Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, her Aryan-like looks allow her to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, to maintain her cover as von Schmidt’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths, Stella appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's indulgence gives her hope even as she risks discovery with every attempt to help the prisoners. When her bravery brings her to the point of ultimate sacrifice, she faces an excruciating choice. God may have brought her to the camp for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she cannot save herself?


WHERE TO BUY: Barnes & Noble; ChristianBook.com; Amazon.com



Meet the Author: Kate Breslin


A Florida girl who migrated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin lives with her husband, John, and a very spoiled cat named Coco. Kate has written several travel articles, published award-winning poetry, and her first manuscript, a Scottish historical romance, was an RWA Golden Heart finalist. FOR SUCH A TIME is her debut novel. Kate’s writing journey has been one of faith as well as success; after years spent writing novels aimed at the general romance market, she finally heeded God’s call to write stories of how His love brings two hearts together. When not plotting her next novel, she loves spending time with author friends, reading from her mountain of books, or watching anything Jane Austen on BBC. Kate’s also an avid gardener and enjoys taking long walks in Washington State’s many forests. A traveler as well, she’s toured most of the country at one time or another and also been abroad–Paris, Munich, Rome, Pompeii, Athens, even a day trip to Turkey. She’d love to hear from you so please stop by www.katebreslin.com and say hello! 


“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28 (NRSV)

Monday, June 2, 2014

If I Was In A Sudanese Jail, Would You Let Me Rot Too, Mr. President?


Meriam Ibrahim is the same age as me, twenty-seven. She too has a graduate degree, though as a doctor hers is more impressive than mine. And like me, she is a married Christian mom of a toddler boy. But there the similarities stop. Meriam Ibrahim is condemned to die in a Sudanese prison. The reason?—because she’s a Christian. The Sudanese government is also going to whip her 100 times for marrying a Christian man.
This is the 21st century and whipping and hanging Meriam Ibrahim is not ok. And yet where is the U.S. Government outcry? Where is John Kerry, head of the U.S. State Department, and President Obama’s outraged threat of sanctions if Sudan persists in this brutality? Meriam’s husband is an American citizen. The couples’ two children, a twenty month old boy and newborn girl, are also American citizens.

Yet when Meriam’s husband, Mr. Wani, went to the American Embassy for help they said . . .

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