The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl

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He’s an egotistical snowboarder with a silver medal.

She’s a judgmental honors student with a flair for photography.

Slashed tires…. False accusations…. A coded message…. When all they can see is each other’s flaws, how can Jake and Sophie work together to figure out what’s really been happening at the abandoned silver mine?

Follow Sophie and Jake into secret tunnels as they unravel the mystery and challenge each other to become who God wants them to be.

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“Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd . . .”

Uhh . . . what? I slap at the alarm.

The tune continues. Not the alarm.

Through squinted eyes I search the grey shadows of my bedroom. The music seems to be coming from my desk.

Sam.

Note to self: Kill him later.

Ten-year-old little brothers and cell phones don’t mix. Sam’s always messing with my settings. Ringtones are apparently his newest discovery. At least I was spared the total humiliation of anyone from school hearing it.

Before the singer begins to call the strikes, I stumble out of bed and lunge toward my desk, but manage to slam my toe into the chair. Grimacing, I yank my phone from its charger. As I answer it with one hand, I grab my throbbing toe with the other and hop back to bed.

“What?” I grunt as I flop onto my mattress.

“Sophie?” chirps my best friend.

“Kate . . . I was asleep. What do you want?” I don’t know why I ask. I already know what she’s calling about.

“What are you going to wear today?”

It’s too early for this again. “I already told you five times yesterday, I. . . don’t. . . . know.”

“Come on, it’s the first day of school. We’re finally juniors. We’ve been looking forward to this for like — forever! How can you not be excited? Today’s our chance to meet him.” She finally stops for a breath.

“Joy,” I mutter.

“Soph, you’re being irrational.”

“Irrational? What are you, a shrink?”

“Hey, don’t change the subject. This is going to be the best year ever. Come on, you’re usually as excited as I am. Don’t you remember in fifth grade when we met early before school so we could braid each other’s hair?”

“I remember.” I say pulling the phone further from my ear. Her bubbliness is too much to take.

“What about seventh grade when we did extra chores and earned enough money to buy matching outfits?”

“We looked like dorks.”

“And then before ninth grade when we stayed up all night texting each other?”
“I fell asleep in class.”

“Come on, Grumpy, I know your inner excitement is hiding in there somewhere.” She sounds like she’s about to burst into a cheer at any moment.

“What’s the purpose of this trip down memory lane?”

“To help you remember you love going back to school.”

She’s right, which I hate to admit. The first day of school is usually one of my favorite days of the year. Not today though. This one is going to be very different. This one I’m dreading.

“So, what are you going to wear?” she probes, her decibel level increasing. “We need to look good when we finally meet him. First impressions. . .”

“Good-bye Kate.” I interrupt as I hang up grumbling.

Falling back asleep is probably impossible now, but I’m determined to try. I burrow deep beneath my covers hoping to avoid the dread of this day.

What do I care what “he” thinks of me? He’s an arrogant jerk. And because of him I’m completely broke, spent a week of my summer break grounded, and nearly lost my precious car.

I ponder how my opinion of him has changed over the last few months. Eight months ago I had never even heard of Jake Taylor. No one had. Then came the Winter Olympics. Amazing how such an awesome international event could end up ruining my junior year of high school.

 

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About the Author

Author Leslea Wahl enjoys writing fun, adventurous Christian Young Adult mysteries. She hopes her books encourage teens to grow in their faith. Her debut novel, The Perfect Blindside, was awarded an Illumination Christian Book Award and a Catholic Press Association Book of the Year Award. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her family.

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Shattered Vows by Natasha D. Frazier

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Genre: Christian Fiction

ISBN-10: 0988452197

ISBN-13: 978-0988452190

ASIN: B01MZ5IQMR

Book Release Date: January 31, 2017

Rico gambled with his marriage when he cheated on Chloe. Breaking his vows and risking everything for temporary pleasure, he lost his wife’s respect and trust.

Rico returns to God, searching for a quick fix to win Chloe’s heart back, but his heart is the one that is changed. He is a self-proclaimed changed man, willing to go the extra mile to restore his marriage, but he just may be too late.

Has Chloe given up on him? She has forgiven him before, but this is different. “I’m sorry” isn’t enough when vows have been shattered. With the law and the Word of the Lord on her side, she finally gathers enough courage to walk away.

But then tragedy strikes. Is it enough to make Chloe stay, or will she start a new chapter in her life?

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Rico let out a low whistle as Chloe descended the stairs with her matching camel-colored clutch under her arm. She was beautiful and he made sure she knew it.

“I’m the luckiest man in the world to have you on my arm tonight. You look beautiful, sweetie,” Rico complimented as he took her hand when she descended to the last three steps. When she made it to the bottom, he lifted her hand and brushed her wedding band with his fingers before planting a kiss on her hand.

“Thank you.” Chloe blushed a little and returned the compliment. “You look nice, too.” She noticed that he was wearing her favorite cologne as well, but didn’t make mention of it. Rico placed her hand around his arm and escorted her to the car. Their drive to the Improv was filled with chatter from Rico about what they did on previous anniversaries. She didn’t add much to the conversation, only nodded and smiled mostly. She had to admit that those times were nice, but this one was much different. In her mind was the insurmountable obstacle in front of them.

Rico had purchased their tickets online so they walked straight past the ticket booth to the entrance, where they were greeted by a hostess and shown to their VIP table near the stage. Noting the dim lighting, soft R&B music and the newly renovated facility, Chloe remembered their first date at the Improv, where they saw the comedian Arnez J in standup. They laughed until their stomachs and throats were in pain. She was hoping she would get another whiff of that tonight, although she didn’t know who the comedian was going to be. She just knew that she could use a laugh right about now. And not just any laugh, but a magic laugh that would take away all of the pain that she was feeling and trying so hard to push aside. The type of laughter that would somehow wipe the slate clean for the two of them. She was sure there was no such thing, but she was ready for the magic she hoped the night would bring for her.

She ordered a Caesar salad and he ordered buffalo wings to enjoy before the show started. On cue, the show began when the waitress came to take away their empty plates. They were tickled a little by the warm-up acts but nothing like what she was waiting for. However, she was feeling more relaxed and her body didn’t stiffen as it did earlier when Rico pulled her chair closer to his and put his arm around her.

There were still a few residual laughs from the crowd as the host appeared onstage to announce the headliner for the night—Will the Thrill. Chloe didn’t recognize the comedian’s stage name, so she knew she hadn’t heard any of his jokes before. New material. Great.

Will the Thrill jumped straight into his routine after the round of applause subsided. His first joke was about dating and how he wasn’t ready to commit to his girlfriend by getting married.

“C’mon now men. Y’all know how much extra work it is to hide the side woman when you get married. Gotta put all these codes in your phone, use aliases and lie, lie, lie. Even when you get caught, stick to the lie. Ain’t that right my man?” he joked as he gestured toward Rico.

Her anticipation waned at those jokes. In fact, they weren’t funny at all. Bad choice in her mind. What began to tick her off was that Rico was doubled over in laughter . . . clearly, something he shouldn’t have been laughing at given the situation they were in.

“What in the hell is so funny, Rico?” she sneered, leaning to the side to look up at him wiping tears from his eyes.

“What?” Rico asked, clearly confused.

“So cheating is funny?”

“Sweetie, these are just jokes. C’mon now.”

“I’m glad you think ruining our marriage and our lives is funny. I’m getting out of here!” Chloe scooted away from the table, snatched her purse and walked away with Rico following close behind.

“Looks like someone got caught doing what I just said not to do!” the comedian joked to their retreating backs as they exited the room, causing an uproar in the crowd.

Rico grabbed her hand and she spun around. She yanked her hand back and folded her arms across her chest. The look she gave would have killed him if looks could kill. Infidelity was a sore spot with her and definitely not a laughing matter. Rico couldn’t understand why she took it so seriously. Everyone in the room, except her, knew that those were only jokes. There was no reason to get upset over nothing. But to Chloe it wasn’t nothing; it was the reason her life was turned upside down.

Since graduating from Jackson State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Accounting, Natasha earned a Masters of Science degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Aside from being an author, Natasha is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Natasha has authored three devotional books. Her first book is The Life Your Spirit Craves (released November 2012), a 30-Day devotional and journal that encourages readers to seek, accept and pursue their God-given assignment. The Life Your Spirit Craves won the Readers’ Choice Award at the Christian Literary Awards November 2013. Her second book, Not Without You: 365 Days in the Lord’s Presence (released March 2014) encourages readers to make devotion a part of their everyday life by seeking God every day. Not Without You has been nominated for the Henri Award. The Henri Award recognizes excellence in Christian literature. The Life Your Spirit Craves for Mommie s is a 52 week devotional for mothers that encourages them to see God at work in their lives through their role as a mother. Natasha has also began a fiction series that focuses on real and relevant issues in today’s society, such as sex, adultery, blended families and more! Her debut series contains three titles – Love, Lies & Consequences, Through Thick & Thin, and Shattered Vows (January 2017 release).

With a love for God’s people, especially women and children, Natasha channels her passion through writing and participating in SASSy, an organization whose focus is to inspire and encourage women to take second steps and become the person God has called them to be. Each month, women participating in SASSy select a different cause and give our time and resources by volunteering in the community. We have volunteered at women’s shelters, Kids’ Meals, Inc. and have performed random acts of kindness throughout the Houston, TX area.

Natasha resides in Missouri City, TX with her husband, Eddie Frazier, Jr. and their three children, Eden, Ethan, and Emilyn. Her greatest joy and commitment is to her family who she hopes to inspire above all else. One of her many mottos in life is: Faith removes limitations.

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100 Day Vocabulary Word Devotional by Alan Balmer

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The 100 Day Vocabulary Word Devotional combines expanding your vocabulary knowledge with words that aren’t commonplace along with learning a verse or passage from the Bible that has the definition of those new vocabulary words in it.  Then, with the new word and verse or passage of Scripture for the day, you’ll get a daily devotional based on that topic.  At the end of each daily devotional, you’ll get the “Bottom Line for the Day.”  The “Bottom Line for the Day” wraps up the entire daily devotional into specific takeaways for you to apply for that day, and really for a lifetime.

The 100 Day Vocabulary Devotional combines these aspects for a challenging, yet inspirational message in order to facilitate self-reflection.  You’ll appreciate the combination of gaining knowledge and finding personal insight as you navigate the Scriptures, devotions, and applications.

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Word for the Day:

acedia [uhsee-dee-uh] noun

  1. sloth.  Compare deadly sins
  2. laziness or indifference in religious matters.

 

acedia. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/acedia (accessed: January 4, 2017).

 

The concept of this word includes being apathetic, bored, or lazy.

 

Scripture for the Day:

Matthew 22:34-40 (NASB95)
34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

 

Devotion for the Day:

In this Scripture, the lawyer asking Jesus the question thought he could trip up Jesus by what would appear to be a difficult question from a worldly, non-spiritual perspective.  In this instance, as well as all instances in Scripture where Jesus was “challenged” with questions by the religious leaders of the day, Jesus blew them away with His answer.  Jesus’ answer about the greatest commandment is where we will focus our devotion today.  The thrust of Jesus response to the Pharisees and the lawyer was to be passionate, excited, invigorated, fervent, zealous, and fired up about God.  In Jesus’ answer, He indicates that the love for God should come from our heart, soul, and mind; every facet of our being.  From within our deepest parts we should have a love for God that surpasses the love for anything or anybody else in our life.  The love for God that Jesus is laying out certainly surpasses more than just mental assent or an acknowledgement of the existence of God.  This love should be a devotion or aspiration in our lives that we want to follow God, we need to follow God, and we have to follow God in spite of anything else that goes on in our daily activities.

 

My challenge for you today is, if your heart has grown cold towards God, to build a fire for and toward Him.  Or, if your heart has become simply warm (and not hot) toward God, fan the dying flames for Him into a roaring fire.

 

Bottom Line for the Day:

Don’t allow acedia (apathy or boredom) to set in toward God.  Other words to describe acedia could be indifference, unconcern, or disinterest.  Set your heart, soul, and mind to follow Jesus Christ fully in order to shed the acedia.

 

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About the Author

Alan Balmer earned a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministries from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri and a B.A. degree in Accounting from The University of Missouri-Columbia.  Balmer has served in a variety of roles in the local church from Associate Pastor to other numerous volunteer ministry roles.

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Marie and Mr. Bee by Margaret Welwood

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Marie is a happy little girl who lives in a cabin in the woods, working and playing with her forest friends . . . until a not-so-busy bee entices her to neglect her work! Compassion, forgiveness, and a forever friendship ensue.

By the following summer, Mr. Bee is too old to fly. But every night, Marie lifts her little friend onto her lap and reads to him from the Book of John and the Book of Proverbs.

Marie uses a wheelchair, which is clear from the pictures. However, there is only one reference to the chair in the text–when she wheels the ailing Mr. Bee back to her cabin after his expulsion from the hive. Some people appreciate the fact that the disability is present without being the focus. Others are pleased to see someone with a disability in the role of rescuer.

“Young readers will be so busy turning pages they won’t even realize they’re taking in some of life’s most valuable truths. . . . the power of choice, the treasure of friendship, the capabilities of ‘disabled’ children, what kindness looks like. Marie and Mr. Bee confirms again the power of great story-telling to open up our world, teach us, and help us grow.” (Amazon reviewer)

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Margaret Welwood’s granddaughter Tina may be the only one who missed the school bus that cold morning because she and her grandma were engaged in populating a pink roomed bug hotel. There were only two guests, and the two storytellers wrestled with the author’s universal dilemma—having given their heroes a worthy obstacle, what happens next?

As a child without knowledge of sensors or security, Margaret used to imagine herself hiding in the library until it was closed, then sneaking out into the stacks and reading all night . . .

because she loves stories!

When her children were little Margaret was the story lady during the morning church service, and later she held a story circle at the after school care her grandson attended. Margaret is now a volunteer story reader at the museum. As well, she taught English as a Second Language to adults for years with stories as a mainstay.

Margaret has written over 100 traditionally published magazine and newspaper articles. She also edited To Teach, To Learn, To Live: The Complete Diabetes Education Guide for Health Care Professionals by Diane O’Grady, RN, BSN, CDE, Second Edition (2006). This book won first place in the reference category of the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2010).

Her grandchildren’s welcome question, “Can you tell me a story?” precipitated a joyous flying leap into children’s book writing. First came Tommy, Tina and Katie Kat, heroes of Scissortown—and then Marie and Mr. Bee, whose gentle lessons on work ethic and (dis)ability are winning the hearts of children and grown-ups.

Margaret also edits children’s stories and adult non-fiction, reviews children’s picture books, and tutors English as a Second Language and literacy.

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A Way Out of Hell by Jim Baton

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When ISIS turns your city into a living hell…
ISIS unleashes a reign of terror across Indonesia. As a former jihadist, Abdullah knows all too well the high cost and absolute ineffectiveness of fighting such violence with violence. He accepts the impossible challenge of finding the ISIS cell hidden in his city, and disbanding it non-violently. But time is running out, and there may not be any city left to save.
Meanwhile, he has to protect his adopted daughter Sari, a Christian university student, who is one of ISIS’s targets. Together they come face-to-face with the holy warriors of mass destruction and strive to overcome that evil with good.
In this riveting sequel to Someone Has to Die, Jim Baton introduces us to the real people caught in the web of terrorism, with their wide variety of backgrounds and motivations, and the possibility that they, too, can change.

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“Just tell me what you want me to do.” Abdullah braced himself for the worst.

The Intelligence agent leaned back in the chair with his hands pressed together tapping his lips. “If ISIS is indeed here, I want you to find their terrorist cell and take it down. And I want you to do this…” he paused, “…non-violently.”

Was this old guy insane? “How am I supposed to do that?” Abdullah asked.

“I can’t tell you who they are and I can’t tell you how to stop them non-violently, though I have some ideas I’ll share with you as we go along. But I can tell you why—because taking them down violently isn’t working. If we kill them, the radicals’ anger grows, and ten more volunteer in their place. If we capture them, our prisons become fertile ground for jihad recruitment. There has to be a better way.”

Abdullah’s mind was spinning. “Has anyone ever tried this before?”

“Actually, yes,” Joko answered. “While our American counterpart, the CIA, with its inhumane prisons and interrogations, has created one of the most effective marketing campaigns for terrorist recruiters in history, resulting in an over fifty percent increase in radical groups since 2010, there are a few dissenting voices, and the FBI has tried some softer tactics with cells in America and had some success. I’ll share the ideas I’m gleaning from them at another time.”

Joko tipped his cup to drain the last coffee drop before continuing.

“Here in Indonesia we have a similar conundrum: the more ‘hard power’ the Detachment 88 Special Forces use in combating terrorism, the harder it is for the moderate majority to discern who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Well, eventually Detachment 88 will get access to the intelligence we have, and they’ll show up in Banjarmasin, guns blazing. I’m sure you’ve seen the footage of Israeli soldiers combing Gaza for Hamas fighters? If ISIS is truly here and planning something, Detachment 88 could turn this city into a war zone where both sides cause civilian casualties. This is not the Middle East yet, where defeating ISIS requires all-out war. ISIS is just beginning their invasion of Indonesia. We have a limited window here, to find these groups and motivate them to disband before they feel it’s ‘kill or be killed.’

“That’s why we need you. You know this city. You have the background to understand what motivates these men. You speak their language. You’re also committed to non-violent resolutions to problems. You’re our best chance for peace.”

Abdullah shook his head and ran both hands through his short-cropped hair. “I still think it’s crazy. So are you offering me a job under BIN?”

“Actually, no. My theories are still unproven, so I have limited official resources here. I’m asking you to do this as a civilian. You need to understand that you’re basically on your own—I can’t call in Special Ops to rescue you. But I will give you all the intelligence leaks I can, and maybe a foot soldier or two if I can wrest them away from other duties.”

“On my own,” Abdullah mumbled. What else is new?

About the Author

Jim Baton (pen name) has spent the last 20 years living in the Muslim world, where he’s been involved in a variety of peace and reconciliation activities including interfaith dialogue, training elementary through university students in peace principles, and bringing Christians and Muslims together to pray.  His real name and photo can’t be displayed on this site to protect his identity from the extremist groups where he lives out his faith. Learn more at his website. 

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B and B by Christine Meunier

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Things are changing…

Ben likes his life at Happy Trails.  As a trail guide on a property in Australia he doesn’t have to work hard to make friends.  All he needs to do is make sure his clients are safe on their horses and have an enjoyable ride.

Ben can manage that.  He loves that he can work with horses all day, every day.  The humans are an added annoyance but he only has to deal with them in short bouts.

The new cook hired for the farm looks like she could be a complication.  Ben is averse to change and he is certain her arrival means change.

Brooke knows the trial position as cook at Happy Trails is a blessing.  She needs a job to support herself and her daughter – the fact that she can cook for an income is an added bonus.

If she can just avoid the interest of trail guide and jokester Jake, she’ll be fine.  After all, she isn’t interested in a new male in her life.  She just wants to focus on her daughter and make a future for them.

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Equine Excerpt: B and B

Ben finished his third cup of coffee before heading back out to the mare.  He’d checked on her every couple of hours over the course of the evening and although she hadn’t worsened, she’d taken awhile for her symptoms to decline.  He’d never been so relieved to see a horse pass manure than at 3:00 that morning.  He’d checked her again at 5:00 and been rewarded with a spectacular sunset shortly after.

He fed the horses early, knowing he might as well get it out of the way before it got too hot and then checked on Ellie again at 8:00 and 10:00.  The last check he’d been pleased to find that she was eating and drinking quite happily, calling out to her friends in the paddock and her temperature had gone down.

“Just a couple more hours of me observing you before I put you back out to pasture, girlie,” he’d explained as he watched the farm utility vehicle heading down the drive with three females on their way to church.

A couple of hours later and they were returning.  Ben was once again checking on the mare, lost in his own thoughts as he watched her methodically chew on another flake of hay.

“How’s Ellie doing?” Brooke suddenly asked from beside him, gaining his attention, “Margaret said she had colic last night?”

Ben nodded.

“Yeah.  I think she’s passed the worst of it, though.  She started eating normally about six this morning and seems to have her digestive system functioning fine,” he responded with a tired smile.

Brooke returned the smile.  Ben noticed that Ella wasn’t with her; he concluded she must have gone inside with Margaret.

“You look beat!  Did you get much sleep last night in between checks?” Brooke asked.

Ben shrugged.

“Is there a ride booked this afternoon?” she questioned further.

Ben nodded.

“Yeah, a few experienced riders.  It’ll be nice to go for a bit of a run,” he responded, causing Brooke to grin.

“I’ll bet!  I hope it’s refreshing for you, rather than tiring.”

Ben glanced at Brooke’s attire as she leant on the rail to the yard Ellie was in.  She was dressed simply but beautifully.  Suddenly he thought about her comment at Ella’s birthday lunch.  Maybe she dresses so nicely for a man at church.

“So does your man go to church?” he asked suddenly, not able to take the question back although he would have liked to.

Brooke looked at him in confusion.

“My man…?”

“I was thinking about your comment to Jake about not being single… and well, there aren’t really many opportunities around here,” he gestured at the property before them, “to meet people, so I wondered if he went to the church you go along to each week.”

Brooke laughed.

“Oh!  Honestly the congregation is made up of mainly older people…” her voice dropped to a conspiratorial whisper, “and I just said that to tease Jake.”

Her laughter hit something deep within him.  He couldn’t decide what made it beautiful, but was surprised to find that that was how he would describe it.  Perhaps it was the fact that it followed a statement of her being available that made it so appealing.

It wasn’t until she turned her attention to him that he realised he must have crept closer.  How else was her face now so close to his?  She smiled at him, seemingly oblivious to the thoughts racing through his mind.

It wasn’t until she looked up at him in surprise that he realised he had gone too far.  He wondered if his gaze mirrored hers.  How had he kissed her?  Fool!

“I’m… sorry,” he muttered, taking a step back to put some space between them.

“For kissing me?” she asked in confusion.

He frowned.  What else would I be apologising for?

“Umm… yeah.”

Eloquent.

“Because you didn’t want to do that?”

He looked at her, struggling to gather his thoughts.  He wasn’t sure what she wanted him to say; why he needed to clarify in what way he was sorry for having crossed a boundary that shouldn’t have been crossed.

“I don’t tend to do things that I don’t want to do,” he muttered, taking another step back.

“So you did want to kiss me?” she asked clarifying.

Just get out of here.

“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have kissed you,” Ben responded firmly, turning on his heel and striding off.

He forced himself to not run away, but was sure that his pace increased even as the distance between them did.  Why did his cabin seem so far away?

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About the Author

Christine Meunier considers herself introduced to the wonderful world of horses at the late age of 13 when her parents agreed to lease a horse for her.  She started experiencing horses via books from a young age and continues to do so, but recognises that horses cannot be learnt solely from books.

She has been studying horses from age 16, starting with the Certificate II in Horse Studies.  In 2015 she finished a Bachelor of Equine Science.

Christine has worked at numerous thoroughbred studs in Australia as well as overseas in Ireland for a breeding season.

She then gained experience in a couple of Melbourne based horse riding schools, instructing at a basic level before heading off overseas again, this time to South Africa to spend hours in the saddle of endurance and trail horses on the Wild Coast.

Particularly passionate about careers in the equine industry, she writes a blog Equus Education.

She lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and two children.

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Someone Has to Die by Jim Baton

Someone Has to Die

About the Book

In the midst of a global clash between international terrorism and an American congressman’s peacemaking effort, a poor Muslim-majority neighborhood in Indonesia holds the keys to victory. While some in the neighborhood are making efforts to understand the truth behind the Muslim-Christian divide and build new bridges across it, others are determined to perpetuate and intensify the hatred that has plagued the region for years.

When a tragedy reveals an unexpected villain, it will be up to two unlikely heroes to set aside their differences and save the day. What will it take to keep hope alive? And who will be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of peace?
This intense thriller will encourage you to reexamine your understanding of love and forgiveness, and reconsider what it means to be a true peacemaker.

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Umar wiped his mouth on his sleeve and met Saifullah’s eyes. “It’s time.”

“It’s time for what?” Saifullah asked cautiously.

“It’s time for redemption.”

Could it really be? After over a year of hiding in Moro, hiding from his failure, could his day of redemption finally be here? No one at the camp but Umar knew. But he knew.

“Talk to me.”

“In four months’ time there will be an event in Jakarta. An American Congressman, a Christian, will be meeting with that swine traitor Ramadani. Other foreign diplomats are likely to be present. And hear this—the event will be held in the very building of your previous…disappointment.”

Failure. Just say it, Umar. My previous failure.

“Am I in charge of the operation?”

“Yes, we have a sleeper in place, and a safe house with all the…necessities. All you have to do is coordinate the mission and recruit the “bride.”

“This isn’t much time.”

“I know, but because of the location, this is too good a chance for you to miss. We just got word on this today, and I’ve already arranged a pump boat to standby for you in South Mindanao. Fifteen hours to Sangihe, on to North Sulawesi, and by the end of this week you’ll be recruiting a “bride” already. My suggestion is you recruit in Sulawesi—Java is too hot right now. Densus 88 has spies everywhere. Bring in someone from outside Java and they’ll attract less suspicion. Of course all this I’ve arranged assuming you’ll say yes.”

“Thanks, Umar. I’ve waited a long time for this.”

“Redemption, my friend.”

“Redemption.”

“Al-jihad sabiluna.”

“Al-jihad sabiluna.”

About the Author

Jim Baton (pen name) has spent the last 20 years living in the Muslim world, where he’s been involved in a variety of peace and reconciliation activities including interfaith dialogue, training elementary through university students in peace principles, and bringing Christians and Muslims together to pray.  His real name and photo can’t be displayed on this site to protect his identity from the extremist groups where he lives out his faith. Learn more at his website.

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