The Hero of The Counterfeit Tory

Pegg Thomas - Author

I like a hero who’s solid and honorable but—not too perfect. Guys who definitely talk and act like guys, not some version of what we women sometimes wish they were. I’m not sure how successfully I accomplish that, but … 🙂

After five long years of war, Jedidiah (“Jed”) Wheeler is not just older but more world-weary, and swings between cynicism and anger over the various injustices he sees. Though he played the role of instigator to his cousin Sam in my previous novella The Highwayman, his devil-may-care attitude has grown somewhat of an edge. When asked to take on what amounts to a suicide mission, he does so fully expecting to lose his life, and caring little about that.

And then he meets Lizzy. He’s sharp-eyed enough to recognize the signs of neglect, and he suspects abuse and all his protective instincts rise up on her behalf. So…

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Powerful Warrior Series – A Warrior is Pure – The Mother of a Warrior Part 3

Ta`Mara Hanscom

The Son of God…chances are that Mary also knows how the Son of God comes to suffer for our sin. Isaiah (53) prophesied these things, and Isaiah’s prophecy is verified in our New Testament. But here’s Mary’s response,

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:35-38 niv 2011

The Warrior’s mother isn’t thrown into a panic, though she knows that this new life within her will suffer and die. She doesn’t carry on and beg for the circumstances to be brought upon anyone else. The Warrior’s mother isn’t a drama queen – and just as an aside, because sometimes we can be notorious for being drama queens – don’t ever give in to that emotion. Fight it with everything you have. As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve partaken in drama sprees, and…

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Powerful Warrior Series – A Warrior is Pure – The Mother of a Warrior Part 1

Ta`Mara Hanscom

11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but He himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:


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Has the Hustle Stolen Your Joy This Christmas?

Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

This is the notoriously most stressful, and for many, most depressing season of the year. The pressure to buy that best gift, to create that perfect evening or morning for our loved ones, the urge to spend, to do, to plan … Then there’s’ the sting of unmet expectations or painful memories. In all that mess and stress, is it possible to experience the joy of Christmas? According to my guest, Carole Brown, yes, but it might take some paring down and refocusing.

Where’s the Joy? by Carole Brown

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My calendar—specifically December—said it was full and groaning under the weight of too many things to do and not enough time.

Shopping, Christmas programs, dinners, and decorating. I couldn’t fit anything else in. When had Christmas become so busy?

I had always loved Christmas and all that went with it but my emotions were stretched with stress and worry. I was…

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Holly, Ivy, and Intrigue: A Christmas Novella Set

Christian Author: A.M. Heath

189Christmas Murder Mix-Up

“I have to get rid of her now.”

After four months of a blissful marriage, Paige is devastated to overhear her husband, Cooper, say those words to his best friend. Because of a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a home invasion, Paige’s love for Cooper is tested to the limit. Will their marriage survive the Christmas Murder Mix-up?

Holiday Pursuit

When Brianna Rockwell’s brother finds himself in danger and disappears three days before Christmas, she does everything to rescue him. Brianna dodges bullets, escapes fire, and even turns to her longtime crush for help. But the closer she gets to solving the mystery and finding her only sibling, the more desperate someone gets to silence her forever…

A Holiday Intruder

Kelsey Jordan prefers upcycling junk and refinishing antiques for her store in a Georgia mountains town to being the center of attention. When a…

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Empty Handed and Expectant; Full Pockets and an Empty Heart

Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

Two stark contrasts placed back to back. One an example of complete, unhindered trust and the other of self-reliance.

Parents, do you remember what it was like when your kids were young? When they followed you around everywhere and valued whatever you said? And when life became frightening, they ran to you for comfort and affection.

Little ones don’t worry about where they’ll go tomorrow or whether they’ll have enough to eat or drink.  They simply proceed with their day, laughing, playing, perhaps throwing a fit on occasion, but for the most part, enjoying life.

They come with empty but open hands. And 2,000+ years ago, when they were brought to Jesus, He said, in essence, “Take notice. Watch these little ones and learn. This is the kind of faith that pleases Me.”

And then “He took the children in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them” (Mark 13:15-16), and then He…

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Powerful Warriors Series – A Warrior Abides – The Word Within A Warrior Part 2

Ta`Mara Hanscom

George Williams wrote about Deborah,

“There was one heart that did not tremble before Sisera and his nine hundred chariots of iron.”

George Williams Commentary, © 1994, Kregel.

Deborah was as solid as an oak when it came to her faith in God Almighty, so much so that she went ahead and left her comfortable gig as a social magistrate in order to accompany God’s deliverer to the staging area of an impending battle.

Paul wrote to Timothy, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.2nd Timothy 1:7 esv

Deborah is filled with the word of God. She doesn’t appear to be afraid of anything. Filled with the power of the Lord God and her love for Israel, she goes with Barak.

11 Now Heber the Kenite, of the children of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, had separated…

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