WRITING BASICS FOR BEGINNERS
you haven't written a word, or you have almost completed your
first manuscript, Writing Basics for Beginners will give you the
direction you need to take the next step toward publication.
Jeanne Marie Leach believes everyone who has
a book idea inside them can learn how to write it; they simply
need to be shown how to begin. The task may appear too large and
overwhelming. This book starts at the beginning of your writing
journey, and will give you the confidence and direction to see
the book through to those final two words – THE END.
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Fiction and Truth: Stories that Speak to the Soul
compiled and edited by Kathy Ide
When Jesus walked this earth, He taught most often by telling stories. We call them "parables." Afterward, He explained to His listeners (or, in some cases exclusively to His disciples) the parallels and meanings that could be derived from the story.
Fiction and Truth follows this effective format. Christian authors tell engaging short stories with memorable characters in fascinating situations.
Following each story is a brief "Author's Application" in which the writer suggests how the lessons of the stories can be applied to the reader’s daily life.
"God Blesses Me Too," by Jeanne Marie Leach is the story of an elderly woman who suffered infertility and three failed adoptions only to find that, despite what others have said about and to her down through the years, God has blessed her with a rich, full, blessed life. This is a poignant story that many don't wish to hear—that God can use a childless woman to minister to other people's children in amazing ways.
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Ringhold is roused from her bed in the middle of the night and
sent away from the orphanage, where she'd grown up and now works.
Dazed and confused, she flees from an undisclosed danger. With
a prayer in her heart, and little money in her satchel, she sets
out to find Seb Jameson, the man who used to work for the orphanage
as blacksmith and handy man, and who'd captured her heart as a
Tired, dirty, and malnourished, Rachel finally reaches Leadville,
Colorado and discovers Seb engaged to be married. Unaware of the
turbulence in Seb and Myra's relationship, Rachel enjoys her new
life and grows to a fresh awareness of what Jesus Christ accomplished
for her on the cross.
The danger suddenly catches up to her. Her renewed faith is shattered.
All she'd ever wanted was for someone to love her and a
home of her own, but now her dreams have been stripped from her.
Who can save her now? Is there anyone who would want to?
Plight of Mattie Gordon
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Gordon's ordinary life is turned upside down when bounty hunter
Cyrus Braydon arrives on her doorstep showing a wanted poster for
her son. WANTED: Will Gordon, Dead or Alive.
with finding her son and making sure his soul is ready to meet eternity,
Mattie embarks on a desperate race to reach Will before the bounty
hunter finds him.
Mattie discovers someone following her, she reluctantly forms
an alliance with Cyrus in order to save herself and Will. She soon
discovers her own inadequacies and faces hard realities. The son
she thought to be good, isn't, and the bounty hunter she judged
as evil is perhaps not so after all.
she must save Cyrus from Will's venomous grasp. If she succeeds
in helping Cyrus escape, will her son ever listen to her about Jesus'
forgiveness? If only she can muster enough faith to trust God for
one more miracle. But which one…?
Choice Reviews: Reviewer Kay Tira
Gordon's peaceful life in the canyon, quiet and away from
the rest of the world, is interrupted by Bounty Hunter Cyrus Braydon.
Seeking her only son, Braydon presents Mattie with the poster: "Dead
or Alive." Nothing would be the same again.
Gordon traveled with a group of other men, but Mattie knew and loved
them all. Surely her son could not be involved in cattle rustling
as Braydon claimed.
a western good-guy, bad-guy flair, author Jeanne Marie Leach presents
THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON. Filled with discovery, concern, faith
and action, Leach's story presents the gospel, forgiveness,
and a sweet romance.
and entertaining, THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON has a strong plot,
satisfying ending, and is recommended reading.
book recommendation follows -- if you don't read another book in
the spring season, do read this one.)
is one of the rare books that has made me laugh, cry, and lifted
me to greater hope in the Lord.
Gordon, a widow, is mother to Will and his men, a group of cattle
drivers who bunk at the Gordon ranch between jobs. Or at least,
she believes her son drives cattle…until bounty hunter Cyrus
Braydon shows up with a poster that reads "Wanted: Cattle rustling,
horse theft, murder. William Gordon. Dead or alive."
for her son's faithless soul should he be captured and convicted
of murder, Mattie quickly rides out, desperate to find Will and
convince him of God's salvation before Cyrus tracks him down.
Boise City, Oklahoma Mattie meets Cyrus again. Her heart is pulled
to the good man he is, leaving her conflicted since he is dutybound
to stop her son. When Mattie discovers she is being followed, she
has no choice but to share information that will enable her and
Cyrus to find her son together, no choice but to trust the bounty
hunter to protect her and to take Will alive.
Plight of Mattie Gordon, a novella, is Jeanne Marie Leach's
second Christian Western romance. I laughed over comical one-liners,
enjoyed the unique storyline and a few pleasant twists. I personally
prefer to see the visuals in more detail, but the plot and Mattie's
character - one I strongly identify with as a mom - drew me. The
theme of entrusting our children's faith to the Lord is powerful,
not one I'll soon forget. If you enjoy Western romances or women's
fiction that speaks to your heart, this is for you.
next book, Shadow of Danger, will debut in 2008. I'll be
watching for it.
by Tammy Barley, author and reviewer