Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Thankful Season

Today is the last day of November, and the weekend following Thanksgiving. It seems at this time of year we hear and read a lot about people being thankful, and truly appreciating and counting our blessings. But wouldn't it be great if this emphasis on being thankful  could continue ALL year? So instead of having what I think of as a "thankful season" we would have a "thankful YEAR" - - remembering to give thanks for our blessings each and every day - - in each season of the year.
I am going to strive to do this in my own life, because even though I may not be wealthy by the world's standards, I am abundantly blessed and have everything I need.
One blessing I've been especially grateful for this Fall season has been the beautiful trees in my yard. My Bradford Pear tree put on the most spectacular "show of color" this year - - absolutely gorgeous!! And even though a photo doesn't show how truly beautiful it was, I'm still posting a picture of it.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.  Psalm 100:4

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Author Sandra Orchard

Author Sandra Orchard is not only a friend of mine, but she's the author of many suspense books, including Deadly Devotion, a book I didn't want to stop reading once I began!
The main characters, Kate and Tom, became real to me as I read, and even  the story's fictional town of Port Aster came alive. I highly recommend Deadly Devotion if you enjoy an intriguing suspense with some romance mixed in.
Deadly Devotion is the first book in a 3-book mystery series with romance and an underlying suspense plot throughout the series.
Sandra Orchard loves to offer readers extra bonus features for each of her books, such as deleted scenes, character interviews, location pictures, and even related recipes. a special Christmas gift for her newsletter subscribers, she sends them a Christmas short story that springboards from one of her novels. If you would like to receive Sandra's newsletter, please type in or click this link:

You'll receive a link to her 2011 Christmas story---but if you don't see it in your inbox within a couple of days, check your spam folder.  Your 2013 story will arrive in your inbox in December.
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Watch for the 2nd book in the series, Blind Trust.

ABOUT SANDRA:  Sandra Orchard is a multi award-winning author of inspirational romantic suspense with Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense imprint, and Revell Publishing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and The Word Guild (Canada).  A mother of 3 grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and now writes full time....when not doting on her young grandchildren.  You can learn more about Sandra's books and bonus features at   OR  connect at

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