It’s crazy-good what Americans do in July!

We wave flags. Peacefully parade in the streets. Honor the military, first responders, and civilians. Gather as families. Picnic. Cherish freedom.

As a retired military officer, I smile at our Independence Day celebrations, knowing a measure of the sacrifice in people and treasure that secured the liberties we live with today. Military, firefighters, police, and medical professionals serve in physically dangerous positions. And many in our nation sacrifice time, energy, and money to keep us free.

Like many others, I’m a patriot. I defended our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, while serving as an active-duty military man in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. I wasn’t alone. Millions of uniformed service members, not only on active duty, but in the National Guard and the Reserves, served before, with, and after me.

The Constitution and its amendments are an essential framework for peace, harmony, and equality in our nation. The freedom provided by the U.S. Constitution is limited freedom to ensure protection for its citizens and visitors. When anarchy reigns, terror is not far behind. When lawlessness abounds, the law-abiding are in danger.

As a patriot, I believe we must take action to work through our issues in an orderly fashion. Through discussion and changes in laws or procedures, we should prove ourselves to be mature individuals, serving one another while leading, teaching, guiding, protecting, and supporting each individual within freedom’s boundaries. We must create a growing and unified society which prospers for the benefit of all.

I salute those who’ve been on their knees praying that God will restore our nation to uphold the ideals that all men are created equal, that we can work out that practical application, and live in peace.

Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

The Crashin’ Coaster Mystery by Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

The Crashin’ Coaster Mystery by Aaron M. Zook, Jr.

Aaron M. Zook, Jr. is a multiple-award-winning author and speaker. He’s thrilled thousands with his YA Christian mystery/adventure series about two inquisitive brothers and their dogs who solve one crisis after another around the world. Aaron is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and lives with his wife, Joyce, in Texas.

 

Linore Rose Burkard’s first book in The Brides of Mayfair

series, Miss Tavistock’s Mistake, released this month…

Miss Tavistock's Mistake

Miss Tavistock’s Mistake

Can Miss Tavistock’s mistake ever be undone?

Book One of a new series by an award-winning Regency author brings a much-awaited delightful romance in the vein of Heyer. Sweet and clean meets laugh-out-loud in this period romp that’s sure to please romance fans of all ilks.

Check out this review of Miss Tavistock’s Mistake:

Burkard, the author of Forever, Lately (2019), offers a humorous romp about misunderstanding and forgiveness amid the blindness of love.

As the story opens, Feodora Margaret Tavistock is a 9-year-old orphan and the newly adopted ward of her kindly but isolated uncle, the Duke of Trent. She’s rescued from a switch-clutching housekeeper by Gabriel Rempeare, a teenage cousin to whom she’s already betrothed, and she treasures this dashing memory throughout her adolescence.

At 19, she’s a beautiful, spirited woman, and she awaits Gabriel’s return from a stint in the navy. However, a series of misunderstandings lead her to believe that he’s dissolute and unfaithful. A combative exchange culminates in her assumption of another identity, “Lady X,” a gossip columnist’s moniker for Margaret Chrissendon, her uncle’s alleged mistress. Feodora finds herself thrust into a web of obfuscation, reluctantly supported by her chaperon, Mrs. Filbert. She’s still determined to pursue a social season in London, and she attempts to convince Gabriel that she truly is “Lady X”—and she also gives Margaret permission to assume her identity. It’s a tenuous arrangement, and as Feodora and Gabriel fall in love, she fears that the truth will end her chance to be his bride.

Over the course of this lighthearted, romantic series starter, Burkard combines elements of Sense and Sensibility and The Importance of Being Earnest to craft a delightful and comedic story that will certainly please historical fiction aficionados and those who enjoy wholesome, romantic stories. Burkard has also clearly done her research to immerse the reader in real-life historical context, including true events in the background to her light narrative. The book’s romantic tension, lush environments, and light comedy combine to provide readers with a sweet, heartwarming reading experience.

A clever tale that’s sure to delight fans of historical romance. ~ Kirkus Reviews

Linore Rose Burkard, Author

Linore Rose Burkard, Author

Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. Best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, Linore also writes contemporary romance and YA/Suspense.  Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and children, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.

Linda Kozar
Davalynn Spencer, Author

Davalynn Spencer

Hello from Colorful Colorado. Davalynn Spencer here with guest author Linda Kozar who will be sharing a little of her author’s journey.

The publisher, DaySpring, has this to say about Linda’s featured book, Sunshine for the Soul, Morning Devotions to Warm the Heart.

Linda Kozar

Linda Kozar

Written in the light and humorous style of our farmhouse devotions, yet still packed with inspirational insights and truth, this devo will be a treasured coffee-ring-stained companion to start the day. This book is for anyone who enjoys a cup of coffee, a sunrise, a quiet moment with God and wink and a smirk at the day to come.

What a great lead-in, Linda. What was the reason you wrote this particular devotional book?

To brighten someone’s day with an encouragement from God’s Word, and to bring a smile to their day. Read More →

 

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV).

I love walking with God anywhere, but I especially like the quiet, serene walks where I’m surrounded by God’s creations. Recently, I walked and talked to God in the silence of a north-Georgia mountain path, enjoying the beauty around me. The quite enveloped me much as the foliage on the path did.

But then I paused long enough to realize that it was anything but noiseless.

Crickets chirped in the distance.

A mockingbird sang from a branch overhead.

Two squirrels chattered and scolded, undoubtedly responding to the hawk that just screeched his presence.

Frogs croaked near the edge of the babbling stream off to the left of my path.

Wind whispered through the pines, rustling the needles ever-so-gently.

A brown thrasher flitting about on top of dry leaves, shuffling them out of the way to look for worms.

And that one noise – oh, my, was it loud! Cicadas.

A quiet walk? Not so much!

The sounds of God’s creations serenaded me, bringing to mind the verse in Zephaniah, “… he will exult over you with loud singing.” His masterpieces tickled my ears with songs from their Creator.

Thank you, God, for your constant presence. Thank you for a glimpse of your love and gladness and for songs of exultation. Please help me never miss the serenade.

365 Ways to Love

Julie Lavender is a journalist, author, and former homeschooling mom of twenty-five years who holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is married to her-high school and college sweetheart, David, a wildlife biologist, who’s spent the last thirty-seven years encouraging her to love and appreciate all of God’s creations. Julie’s parenting book, 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories, releases in October.