Somergate: The Scent of Autumn Roses by L. L. MacLellan

About the Book

Steal away for a quiet hour or two to Somergate, a 1920’s-era estate on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, where mossy stone walls keep quiet company with winding pathways, where sun pennies dance on salty waters, and where long-forgotten stories lie waiting to be discovered.

On the brink of happy retirement after more than three decades of teaching, Sarah Marshall is living at Somergate and is ready to embrace all that this next chapter of life will bring. Tucked beneath her excitement though, is a nagging uncertainty: will retirement bring the same sense of fulfillment that she found in her work? Will her finances hold up under the strain of the ever-mounting costs of maintaining the old estate? And will she ever again find a love like the one that was lost to her years ago?

Filled with warmth and a quiet humor, Somergate is a story that emphasizes the importance of family and of faith, speaks of the healing that can come after heart-wrenching loss, and gently directs the reader’s attention to the presence of a loving Creator.

Book Excerpt

Hours later, Maddie lay, exhausted but sleepless, in the immense bed that she had shared with her husband for more than four decades. Her thoughts drifted back over the day and turned once again to the swans. She, too, had seen them fly over Charles’ grave, and she had known, immediately, that it was no coincidence. The sun breaking through the clouds, the swans flying overhead illuminated to a glorious creamy white against the dark blue-black sky… The exquisite beauty of that moment was much more than mere chance. It had been a gift, and somehow, a promise. She had felt Charles’ presence there at the graveside as surely as if he had been standing next to her. He had been right there, and she had felt his love embracing her, supporting her. How fitting that the swans should put in an appearance on the day that marked the beginning of her own personal winter. She and Charles had shared a memorable, precious summer and autumn together. Now, in winter, she would journey on alone.

The fact that there had been forty-one swans at Charles’ grave today was merely a quiet confirmation of what she had felt there, of what she already knew. Charles wasn’t lost to her. He had only stepped through an unseen curtain into another place a bit ahead of her. Maddie remembered how sometimes at parties Charles would make his way from group to group, talking, laughing, occasionally looking up and catching Maddie’s eye across the room. Then he would smile or wink and Maddie would know that his thoughts were still with her. Separated temporarily, but together still. Today at his grave, she had caught his old familiar smile, as though across a crowded room. Somehow, across the great canyon of death, Charles had caught her eye and sent her a message. Together still. Maddie drifted at last into an exhausted slumber, and as she did one thought held her in its comforting embrace: Charles was waiting for her, loving her still, and someday, sometime, she would step through the curtain too, and join him.

 

About the Author

L. L. MacLellan is the author of the recently published inspirational romance novel “Somergate: The Scent of Autumn Roses.” She won her first literary award, a shiny blue ribbon, for a short story entered in a three-state regional writing contest back in the sixth grade, and has been writing ever since. Lori lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia with her Mountie husband and their four beautiful daughters, where she cares for her mother and spends any free time gardening, antiquing, and of course, writing.

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Unknown Enemy by Janet Sketchley

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Landon Smith vowed never to return to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Despite her faith, the memories might undo her.

But a shadowy figure has been skulking around the Green Dory Inn—seen only by her friend Anna.

Loyalty demands she stand by this woman who’s been a second mother to her. No matter the cost.

With the police unable to find solid clues, and the incidents escalating, Landon must help Anna discover the truth about the prowler and stop him. Before he turns violent.

 

Book Excerpt

Dry-mouthed, Landon watched the runway speed beneath her window. Vibration from the landing gear drilled into her core.

She shouldn’t have come back. But she couldn’t refuse, not when Anna needed her.

The plane’s intercom crackled. “This is your captain speaking. Welcome to Halifax. Local time is two twelve.”

Around her, seat belts clicked open despite the warning lights. A few people stood and rummaged in the overhead bins. The plane hadn’t fully stopped. What was the hurry?

Yet the other passengers’ sense of urgency had her reaching for her purse.

She followed the herd into the terminal, pulling her borrowed carry-on and checking the overhead signs. When she reached the baggage area, she stood against the wall, watching reunions. Friends, lovers. Two women, clearly mother and daughter, crying as they embraced. She turned away.

A scruffy-haired man with glasses hurried toward the meeting point. He dodged a woman with a pet carrier and stopped beside a pillar. Scanning the crowd, he raised a white cardboard sign: Landon Smith.

Anna’s neighbour had promised to send his grandson to meet her at the airport. Funny, she’d expected a teenager. This guy was closer to thirty, five or six years older than she was. Tousled hair and a few days’ growth of beard made him look like he’d just crawled out of bed.

He gave the room another once-over, and then angled himself to face the passengers still straggling through the arrival gates.

She grasped the handle of her carry-on and walked up beside him. “Hi. I’m Landon.”

He turned to her and froze, wide-eyed, a half-formed smile suddenly dead on his lips.

Really? Landon had been gone almost ten years, but this guy had clearly heard something about her. Truth or speculation, he must have thought he could handle it until they were face to face.

It could be a long, silent drive to Anna’s inn.

About the Author

Janet Sketchley is an Atlantic Canadian writer who likes her fiction with a splash of mystery or adventure and a dash of Christianity. Why leave faith out of our stories if it’s part of our lives? You can find Janet online at janetsketchley.ca.

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The Works of Christ by Edward King

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Book Title: The Works of Christ My Proof of God’s Existence  
         
Genre: Christian, Poetry, Inspirational 
            
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ISBN: 9781498464451
 
Meet Edward
Edward King is a positive-writing author, who tells us about how to look at things in a positive perspective. With his inspirational writings, he has come a long way from being at on verge of death to being able to inspire many people with both his life and his writings. With his quick healing from the death-defying car accident, Edward King goes through everyday looking to God for all of his answers and finds so much inspiration. He writes to show everyone the God he knows. 
                                             About The Book
In August 2010, Edward King was in a traumatic car accident that nearly ended his young life. From this accident, he had an incredible out-of-body experience. This is his story along with a collection of simple poetry designed to help one come closer to Christ.
 
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Sometimes we lose vision, and we’re blinded by our desires,
but the Lord always cares about us, and he always inspires
a servant of his to show each of us some clues
that he will always love us, and his guidance, we’ll never lose.
From our birth to our death, he will always be there
to cleanse us of our sins and enable us to care
and love every one of our brothers and sisters in his name,
for he loves us so much, he totally cleansed everyone’s shame.
 
 

Kristian’s War by Peter Wisan

About the Book

Kris Anders, a dirt-poor farmer, lives in a land where evil forces take the form of men. The sins of his past weigh heavily on his mind. When a stranger directs him to take a new path, Kris begins the journey of a lifetime towards a distant King who is rumored to solve all problems. But then a ruthless soldier is dispatched by the ruler of the dark land to capture or kill Kris. Everything leads to one final fight, where Kris must defeat the demons of his past or die.

Book Excerpt

A renewed roar rang his ears.

Kristian expected death at any moment, but the hungry eyes did not advance.

<He’s toying with me. He wants me to run.>

Blood returned to Kristian’s limbs. He prepared to fight for his life.

 

About the Author

Peter Wisan is a world traveler, screenwriter, film director, and Captain in the United States Marine Corps Individual Ready Reserve. He lives in San Diego, California, where he leads musical worship at Church Tsidkenu.

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The Narrow Gate by Kristoffer Paulsson

About the Book

The Narrow Gate is about how to come through the Narrow Gate and enter onto the Narrow Path. In 31 chapters the author explains several concepts, that is part of coming to Jesus and receive salvation, preparing the heart of the seeker. The layout follows the classic concept of telling the Law and the Gospel. This is mainly for seekers and everyday Christians, but also seasoned followers of Jesus might find some good advice.

Book Excerpt

Fulfill Salvation – Finish Your Course!

In second Timothy 4, Paul explains that we need to fulfill our salvation by running the race.

Run the Race – 2 Timothy 4:6-8

6 For I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart is at hand. 7 I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith 8 Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day– and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on his appearing.

We who have received the salvation must be aware that we are on a journey. This trip consists of:

* Fight the good fight

* Complete the race

* Preserve your faith

Once Saved, Always Saved?

But the person who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:13

Once saved always saved!? Is this statement correct? Just because you received salvation once, does that mean that you always will remain saved?

The greatest lie within the church, and especially within the evangelical church community, is that you remain saved just because you once prayed the salvation prayer.

The Bible clearly states; that the one that endures to the end will be saved, not the one who gives up or who stops walking the narrow path.

The Good Will of God

12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, 13 for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort- for the sake of his good pleasure- is God. Philippians 2:12-13

It is the good will of God that we should be saved! It is God who through his grace works salvation in us. But this working within us does not affect unless we are obedient to God.

God is the one who judges us; we must obey and fear God. We are commanded to work on our salvation, not so that we have an opportunity to earn salvation. But it is up to us, to cooperate with God so that his good will can happen.

Sanctification Through the Truth

13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV)

God has determined that we should be saved. For this to happen, we need to believe the truth. When we believe the truth, we will be sanctified by the Spirit.

There is a connection between completing salvation and being sanctified by the Spirit, through the truth. As we learn and understand the truth, the Holy Spirit can work salvation in us through the process of sanctification.

Preserved Unto Salvation

5 who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:5

God will through faith preserve us with his power to fulfill salvation. He is the only one that is mighty to do that.

 

About the Author

Kristoffer Paulsson started to serve God as a part-time evangelist in Sweden, Uppsala, 2013. As he handed out tracts, he was inspired to start a blog about the Gospel and printed his own tracts. In 2015 he was holding the initiative and was the most daring evangelist in his city. Under this period he developed the blog and wrote 31 articles about salvation, the way to God. In January 2017 God called him into full-time ministry, and to another city. After that the blog was translated into English, it was remade into book form.

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Romanian Runaway by Kelley Rene

About the Book

Alexander is a preteen living in the sewers of Bucharest. Running from conformity and the structure of life around him, Alexander seeks to medicate his pain in the only way he’s ever known.

Sal and Gloria Perkins, a couple living in small town suburbia, U.S.A., are running from the same sense of conformity and structure, but choose to medicate in a completely different way.

Alexander, Sal, and Gloria collide in a struggle to mask their own pain. Will they allow love to redefine it?

Book Excerpt

A dark-headed boy approached, adorned in a white T-shirt, cuffed denim jeans, and bare feet. He stared at the ground; his toes fidgeted the weeds and pebbles. A mangled paper bag dangled from his fingers.

“Here you go.” I placed a wrapped sandwich in his hand.

With my grocery bag now empty, I squatted down to look into his glassy-eyed gaze. He was a middle-aged boy in a child’s scrawny body. His face was pale, flakes of dried mud accented dull features. With lips pursed and turned upward, he grew embarrassed and looked away, but not before bringing the paper bag to his face and inhaling.

“Thank you,” he whispered.

“You speak English?” I grew excited.

The boy shook his head and shied away back into the crowd.

One of the local volunteers, Ivantie, was standing nearby.

“That is Alexander. He was learning English at the mission before he ran away.”

 

About the Author

Kelley Rene lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with her husband and two teens. When she’s not scratching out a new novella, you can find Kelley walking her miniature Aussie, Blossom, or cuddling with a latte and good book.

 

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Sacred Secrets of the Cedar Chest by Angela Pisaturo

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Veronica Wheaton is a wounded adult. She has suffered deep wounds relating back to her childhood upbringing. Veronica allows those hurts and abuses to influence her career as a reporter, as a result, she almost self-destructs. If not for the annoying Bible-thumping weatherman who recognized her pain, Veronica would have never found the answer and healing for her wounds.

This is a poignant account of the life of a child in a home where a parent suffers from bipolar disorder and how the love of God saved this fragile soul.

Book Excerpt

That night Veronica wrote this account in her journal;

The weather-beaten cedar chest stood in the forsaken, Victorian attic, covered with cobwebs and dust that collected over a lifetime of grief. I was afraid to life the rusted lock that held the secrets to my family history.

MY friend spotted Mother’s old coverlet, lying in the corner, crumpled up like a sad, old woman. Coffee stains and stale perfume filled the folds of the blanket. He exorcised the dust from it, and laid it down on the rotted, wood floor. So it began: my staring contest with this evil chest that held my family secrets. It seemed to take on a life of its own, daring me to expose its contents. This old cedar chest is the last piece to the puzzle of my mother’s sad, manic life.

The mere presence of that hideous chest, caused me to forget my fear, and now the desire to destroy its right to exist had emerged. I lifted its ancient lid with vengeance. Hidden memories of bloody family feuds that led to the arrival of police, bust forth in my head, and with the onslaught of emotion rushing over my soul, the contents were exposed.

About the Author

Angela Pisaturo studied writing at the Jerry Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, specializing in fiction She teaches creative writing at a local community center and also hosts author events for her students. She has penned articles for Creation Illustrated Magazine, has been an inspirational columnist for a local online newspaper, written an article for Pet Supermarket and other non profit newsletters. She presently lives in the Tampa Bay area and loves to paint, play her keyboard, garden and walk her feisty Cavachon, Sofie. She has received an honorable mention, John Gardner award for best character description in a novel for her first book, The Rich American Woman and has also received a shout-out, one of fifteen finalist in Pockets Magazine, Put Children First, First Lines Contest.

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