READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR - Deuteronomy 27

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Learn lessons about Kindness

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Reading the Bible in 1 Year: History of the Children of Israel

The Nation of Israel - Reading the Bible in 1 Year

Thursday, July 30, 2015



Her Heart’s Desire, Book one of the Sunflower Series

By Linda Joyce

I was told, shortly after moving to the Kansas City area, the Midwest is the Heartland of the United States, and if someone is looking to find love, to truly get in touch with their heart, it was the place to be. And I agree. 

Though I’m a southern girl, one who needs magnolia trees and Spanish moss, grits with eggs, and to hear “Yes, Ma’am” with a drawl, (not to mention men who hold doors open because they were raised to be southern gentlemen), there’s an allure to the Midwest that is undeniable. While I can’t handle the winters of seven below zero before wind chill, the rest of year offers festivals, hot air balloon shows, trout fishing, and the list goes on. 

All of Kansas isn’t flat like the Kansas of Dorothy and Toto. The Emerald City, I believe, is Kansas City, Missouri, rising high on a hill up from the Missouri River banks. 

For me, the winged monkeys were the burdens I carried, and while living in Kansas, those monkeys flew away. Undoubtable, my time in Kansas City restored my heart and filled it with friendships I treasured. 

I hope you will enjoy meeting Amelia and Lucas. They truly represent the tenacity, generosity, and dedication to family and friends that I experienced during my twelve years out of the south.

Artist Amelia Britton battles her older brother for the right to remain on the family farm—their inheritance after their parents’ tragic deaths—she faces a looming mortgage, weather threatens to destroy her crops, and the man she secretly loves only sees her as Craig’s little sister.

After serving his country in Afghanistan, Lucas Dwyer expected to return home to his family’s farm, but the bank foreclosed. Undeterred, he begins combining-for-hire to support his younger sister in college. His best friend convinces him to discourage local guys from dating Amelia. Craig wants her back in the city, farming is too hard for a woman alone. Only one problem—Lucas has fallen in love with Amelia.

With family, the bank, and the weather conspiring against them, can Amelia and Lucas ever hope to grow the love blooming between them?

Tagline: An artist and a farmer fight family, the bank, and Mother Nature…to grow love.

Bio: Linda Joyce is an award-winning author of women’s fiction and romance. She writes about assertive females and the men who can’t resist them. Linda’s a big fan of jazz and blues. She attributes her love of those musical genres to her southern roots, which run deep in Louisiana. If you walk-through several New Orleans cemeteries you’ll find many of her family buried there. She penned her first manuscript while living in Japan, the country where her mother was born and raised. Now she lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and four-legged boys. She’s also a foodie and loves to go RVing.

Pre-Order Links for Her Heart’s Desire:

Places to connect with Linda:

Twitter: @LJWriter

Linda also has a newsletter, LETTERS with Linda. It posts the first Tuesday of every month with book news, inspiration, a contest giveaway, and a recipe. If you’d like a copy, please send Linda an email:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#MSWL - New Version launches today

The new version of launches today (or Tuesday, 7-28-15) at 9:00 am EST! or 6:00 a.m. West Coast time or PST!- 

So Hop over to Twitter and type in #MSWL to see what Agents and Editors are wishing to see in their inbox. But remember, Don't Query on this hashtag, use the information found here to start your "agents to query" list. Then look at their websites and find their preferred methods of querying. This is an awesome tool to help writers connect with people looking for their specific work.

Sunday, July 26, 2015



QUERY TRACKER: A great site where you can look up agents, the genres they represent, the time it takes for them to respond, and even track your queries.

AGENT QUERY: Another great site like Query Tracker.

AGENTS’ MANUSCRIPT WISH LISTS: This is a place to go to see what agents and editors are looking for.

TWITTER: #MSWL - The Twitter link to "real time" hints, tips and wishlists of agents and editors - BUT PLEASE do not pitch your story on this twitter site.

PREDITORS AND EDITORS: A place to check and see if an agent or editor is reputable.

MANUSCRIPT WORD COUNTS: The perfect place to see if your word count is in the right ballpark. 

WRITER’S DIGEST GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS: A treasure trove of information about agents and more...

PUBTIPS ON TWITTER:Tips about publishing.

TWITTER COMMUNITY WRITER LINK: An on-line community where you can share the trials and tribulations of being a writer, and get support, encouragement and inspiration.

COMMUNITY CHATBOARD (TOADHALL ON YAHOO): A chatboard about all things for Kid lit writers

SCBWI: The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators website

BRENDA DRAKE: A fount of information with contests that help you get published, find an agent or simply help you perfect your craft.