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It will be a good, a blessed #newyear

In a great book you will discover more on a re-read. Today I began reading a book given to my great-great grandmother by my great-aunt passed down to my grandmother and given to my mother the month before I was born. Before Christmas 2017 my mom gave the book to me.

Streams in the Desert offers a drink to your thirsty soul for each day of the year. It has done so for generations of women in my family as noted by the inscriptions on the opening pages. My copy is a direct link to my heritage of faith; the year 1958 noted on January 1, the underlined passages, the side-note of a day selected to be read aloud at a ladies’ group.

Will I read and re-read? Probably. Already on day one, Streams presents me with a Bible verse I’ve never noted before.

1 But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the [h]beginning even to the end of the year. (Bible book Deuteronomy, Chapter 11 verses 11 & 12).

The author of Streams, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, writes:

“Today, dear friends, we stand upon the verge of the unknown. There lies before us the new year and we are going forth to possess it. Who can tell what we shall find? What new experiences, what changes shall come, what new needs shall arise? But here is the cheering, comforting, gladdening message from our Heavenly Father, ‘The Lord thy God careth for it.’ ‘His eyes are upon it…from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.'”

Whatever path your year takes you on, wherever our feet walk, the God of Abraham is caring for the way of those who follow Him be it on the hills or valleys. As Cowman says, “Trust only. The Father comes near to take our hand and lead us on our way today. It shall be a good, a blessed new year!”

Amen.
-Kristin
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“Streams in the Desert” is still in print in the original language from 1925 and a modern language edition updated by James Reimann, known for updating Oswald Chamber’s classic devotion, “My Utmost For His Highest.”

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Inspiration, Poetry & Prose

 

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Tis the Season Reading: Poem 4 Gifts

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Holidays are meant to be special, and one thing I like about my Maryland Writers Association critique group is that I get to see what folks creative with words do for these special events. For instance, our group once edited a contract with the devil for a soul.  That writer was going to a party as Satan and carrying a quite detailed, LOL funny, and a touch scary contract. Yikes!

 

As our December meeting, one participant brought us each a Christmas Tree cookie from Panera’s (yum!) to which she attached a poem about the season. Her name is Brenda Elmore, a poet, humorist, and essayist whose work you might catch in Baltimore/Annapolis area publications. She graciously allowed me to share the poem with you (i.e. used by permission).

 

Christmas © Copyright 2013 by Brenda Elmore.

 

It’s always the same thing, every single d***ed year;

I think Christmas is far off, then it’s suddenly here!

And nothing is done, not the shopping, the baking,

the cards, nor the wrappings, the cleaning! It’s taking

me all by surprise though I knew it was coming,

an I’m panicked and stressed, yet I find myself humming.

It’s the carols, the music that soothes as it chimes

through my heart, through my mind–

How I love Christmas time!

Special thanks to Brenda and to all my writers group pals. You guys keep me going and improving in terms of writing, editing, and reading for skill all year round. I hope my input is of benefit to you as well.

 

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Kristin King is a member of The Maryland Writers Association and the Romance Writers of America. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Christmas, Freebies Alert

 

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Tis the Season Reading: Indie Children’s Book

Yahoo photo smallerI “met” Barbara Ann Derksen through social media and have been impressed again and again with how professional and friendly an independent author she is. So when I discovered her Christmas children’s book, I had to reach out to see if she would like to participate in my blog series.

Of course she wanted to participate, AND she’s contributing a free copy for my Tis the Season Reading Giveaway launching this weekend. She is definitely one author hoping to hear from you; just check out her links to connect.

Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/MPPTst
Amazon.ca – http://amzn.to/K2flez
Amazon author page – http://amzn.to/KLEDab
Goodreads – http://bit.ly/GJcTCd
Click to see on Amazon

Click to see on Amazon

So without further ado, I present “Scruffles Finds a Home”. Here’s the gist:

Scruffles, a tiny field mouse, seeks warmth from the winter chills inside a large, red brick building. Once inside she encounters a number of characters whom she discovers are inanimate but … she also is chased by a large man in a red suit. What does he want with her? She scurries hither and yon but eventually he catches up. Find out what happens next in Scruffles Finds a Home.
What might motivate an author like Ms. Derksen? Check out her bio:
Watching the expressions on the faces of her readers is what drives author and speaker, Barbara Ann Derksen to write. Her favorite genre is murder mystery but each book brings forth characters who rely on God as they solve the puzzle in their life.

With 17 books to her credit, Barbara works hard to develop a social media presence. Her books can be found on Amazon at http://amzn.to/MPPTst, at Barnes and Nobles, and on her website, http://www.barbaraannderksen.com.

Canadian born, Barbara is a member of The Writer’s Collective, and Christian Motorcyclists Association, USA.

I expect a little mystery for Scruffles as well, but you’ll have to find that out from the book. My thanks to Barbara and everyone joining in the Tis the Season Reading Series. —Kristin

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Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books)

 

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Tis the Season Reading: Romance on the Rise

Free on Amazon for Limited Time

Free on Amazon for Limited Time

If a search of my satellite tv options is to be believed, romance movies are more popular than family films for Christmas. And they aren’t all too high on cheese factor. What about books? Although not as heavily weighted, holiday romances make up a good portion of Amazon’s Top 100 Free titles right now.  So I wanted to feature one of those titles today, so you can get it while it’s hot.

Description:

Christmas represents everything Andi Williams is supposed to have, and doesn’t. Running away to a remote mountain lodge in the Canadian Rockies, sounds like the perfect way to escape, until a mix-up finds her sharing a villa with sexy, rough around the edges, Colin Hartford.

Colin’s determination to enjoy the holiday he’s missed for the last five years, sweeps Andi into a season of joy that she’s not sure she’s ready for. Can Andi open herself up to everything the holidays have to offer…including love?

The Overall rating of Unexpected Gifts is 4.5 STARS. Here are a few highlights from the reviews:

“I have become OBSESSED with Christmas early this year and this book was exactly what I wanted… a short, holiday read that put me even more in a festive mood.”

“This story is a delicious confection from start to finish, with a delightful pair of protagonists, and a wonderfully quirky cast of secondary characters. Add in one of the most spectacularly gorgeous settings – The Canadian Rockies in snowy winter – and the stage is set for a little bit of fairytale romance.”

“I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance with intrigue This was very light reading and I enjoyed it immensely”

So grab Unexpected Gifts by Elena Aitken while it’s free.

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Also FREE this weekend: 3 years hidden as a boy? “Behind the Iron Curtain” reading http://amzn.to/IQClNv

Could this family secret be true? http://amzn.to/J7Pkeg

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Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 

 

 
 

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Book Review Bit: Your Next Zombie Read

Dead, But Not For Long

 

4 out of 5 Stars

Dead, But Not For Long is a character rich novel of survivors teaming up to make a way forward in an apocalyptic world of the undead. Some readers will be disappointed that more of the “forward” is not there, but the tale has all the pieces we love to see in this genre: an almost doomed, therefore, ultimate fight against the odds, characters to love and hate, losses that make us cringe, the hope for a cure, and plenty of inventive violence.

Another plus for this particular work is that the author is able to capture the gruesome nature of the genre without going over board on gore (at least in my opinion).

I recommend this zombie adventure to readers who like character-driven plots with tons of action and hold-your-breath near misses.

Pick up a copy at this link and get your zombie fix while waiting for the next Walking Dead episode.

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Kristin King is reader, author, publisher and reviewer. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her imprint, Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Book Reviews

 

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Rules for Writing – Tom Clancy

Until he died, I didn’t realize Tom Clancy lived down the road from me in Maryland. Suddenly I feel closer to this military thriller author who went to Loyola (my neighbor’s daughter is there) and worked in the insurance business (like my dad). Clancy also died in the same year as his wife, a quite common phenomena of which many of us can point out examples amongst those we know. “Timing is everything” people sometimes say, and it’s time to blog another Rules for Writing.

My thanks to Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield. The following are cut from their article, and I highly recommend you read their full write up at this link.

1. Tell the story. “Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer,” said Clancy.

2. Writing is like golf. “It’s hard work…You keep doing it and doing it until you get it right.”

3. Make pretend more real than real. “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense,” said Clancy.

4. Writer’s block is unacceptable. “I don’t even consider the possibility.”

5. No one can take away your dream. “Your life may change, but your dream doesn’t have to.”

That last one hits home for me someone who in the midst of big changes. I know I will use it to encourage aspiring writers. Tom Clancy was denied the military career he wanted, but that didn’t keep him from working with military members and producing “The Hunt for Red October” “Clear and Present Danger” and “Patriot Games” to name a few. According to Biography’s online article,

His crafting of plausible military scenarios is so realistic that he has become a favourite of the United States Military and Intelligence services. Pentagon officials regularly provide him with background material for new projects, and he was even offered a position as an unpaid consultant to the National Space Council.

Hold on to your dream. Work at it. Pursue it. You never know where it might take you. As Tom Clancy said, “No one can take away your dream.”

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Kristin King is living the dream as an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her imprint, Three Kings Publishing can be found here.Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in On Writing

 

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WWII (Civilian) Memoirs

Soldier memoirs of World War II seem to abound, but I had trouble finding very many civilian accounts. Perhaps the survivors think they have nothing new to offer? They could not be further from the truth. My husband recently finished the Iron Curtain Memoirs and as a solider and military history buff he said,

“I even learned things I never knew before.”

So the features today are civilian accounts of the war.  The first is “In the Shadow of the Sun” and is the true story of a young family interned on Java during the Japanese occupation. Written by the daughter’s daughter, Ronny Herman Dejong, the book and the author’s blog about that time period will open eyes to parts of the war rarely viewed. I connected with Ronny through LinkedIn, but she welcomes readers and shares so much on her website: ronnyhermandejong.com

Ronny says:

I also want to share with you part of the Japanese War Crimes Files,the NARA Files, which became declassified in the year 2000 so you will understand what would have happened if the atomic bombs hadnot been dropped. In my 2011 World War II Memoir Rising from the Shadow of the Sun you will read all that as well as what happened after the war when I grew up and became who I am today.

Iron Curtain Book 1 and 2 covers

The Iron Curtain Memoirs is the historical treasure I discovered through a high school student.  Her grandmother is best friends with the writer who was raised in Germany under the rise of Hitler and through WWII.  One thing I say often is that Anne Frank gave us 2 years, but Irene Kucholick gives us the whole war and beyond.  Her memoirs are coming out in three books divided by historical periods and also as an all in one volume not yet released.  “Before the Iron Curtain: My WWII Childhood,”Behind the Iron Curtain: My Years Hidden as a Boy,” and “Iron Curtain Escape: My Journey to Freedom.” I think if you read one of them, you’ll want to read them all.  Another great aspect of the first book is that it is appropriate for ages 10 and up and gives younger readers a peek at the war through the eyes of a child. It would also make a terrific WWII Reader for Homeschool use.

If you know of other WWII civilian memoirs, please comment with the titles. I’m compiling a list and would like to add your favorites.

Kristin King is the author of two paranormal romances “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven.” Her next novel releases October 2013 and you can join the Release Party for it and the final Iron Curtain installment on Facebook here.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2013 in Book Reviews

 

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