New Release-Recovering Hope-Now available to read!

WHY RECOVERING HOPE

 

In a single moment, a dream dies, and hope is lost.

Lovers of the ocean, Hope and Tyler Peterson long for the day they can dip their little one’s feet into its clear blue waters and pass on their passion for the sea.

Despite dedicating her life to the rescue and rehabilitation of God’s sea creatures, when their dream dies, Hope can’t muster the strength to do the same for herself. Give her a dark hole to hide away from the world and she’d be happy…if happiness were ever again within her reach.

While Tyler is able to design technology that probes the mysteries of the deep, he’s at a loss to find a way to help Hope surface from the darkness that has dragged her into its abyss. He struggles to plan for their future when his wife can barely cope with the here and now.

If they can’t recover hope, their marriage won’t survive.

When the invitation to join The Potter’s House books came and the brief was to write stories of flawed characters in desperate need of hope, redemption, and second chances, I immediately knew I wanted to write three stories dealing with a marriage gone cold (Restoring Faith), depression in a spouse (Recovering Hope), and a custody battle (Reclaiming Charity). Why the titles? Because when trust is broken, it has to be restored; when hope is gone, it has to be recovered; and when you could lose something you own, you need to reclaim it.

I knew that Recovering Hope would not be an easy book to write, and in some ways, I think I kept putting off writing it. For many years, God has often put me around people who claimed to suffer from depression. At times, I’ve secretly wondered if they really were depressed. So feeling called to write this book seemed…well…weird.

But several women (and a few men) in my family have battled this same beast, sometimes the fight closer to home than others. When I was but 13, my severely depressed uncle committed suicide in our home. So, despite those who rub my inner nerves the wrong way, I have seen many of those suffering from severe depression do so in secret, as if owning the condition were something shameful. And really, hasn’t society placed a stigma on this condition?

When this sickness struck close to home, I started to read more about it in an effort to gain a better understanding. My reading made me far more sympathetic to those afflicted with this destructive disease. But there is hope, because like many other diseases, depression can be treated and sufferers can find healing.

So, difficult to write or not, I needed to tell Hope’s story—for my family members and for the many people out there who face this demon daily. And I needed to tell it, too, for those walking the road beside them—the Tyler’s of this world.

However, writing Recovering Hope was slow going, with a lot of research into many, many different fields—not only depression, but medication, pregnancy, dolphins, ocean careers, customs, and hurricanes to mention some. At one point, I feared I wouldn’t get this story written in time. By God’s grace, I not only got it done in time, but I wrote a story almost 10,000 words longer than I’d originally anticipated.

It wasn’t only all the research that slowed my progress though—doubts did too. Was I writing the right book? Would readers want to read about a woman suffering with depression? Well, I’m absolutely blown away by early reader reviews of Recovering Hope. Besides what I’ve shared in the memes above, here’s what others are saying about Recovering Hope (I’ve taken snippets from their longer reviews):

  • Very few books draw the reader in and grab the reader’s emotions like Recovering Hope does! A truly emotional read that will touch one’s heart long after the last page.
  • Oh, my! The rollercoaster ride of emotions I experienced left me breathless. A highly recommended read you will remember for years to come.
  • Tyler and Hope’s story will touch your heart.
  • If the purpose of fiction is to provide the reader with a powerful emotional experience, Marion has accomplished that beautifully, emphasizing love in the process. You won’t want to miss Recovering Hope.
  • This author takes a highly sensitive subject and bares the recovery process for all to see. She did not shy away from the tough moments and I truly believe that this book will help women in their healing process.
  • Recovering Hope touched my heart so deeply, that I know it will stay with me for a long time.
  • A well-crafted, emotional story of heartbreak and loss.
  • Marion Ueckermann grabs a hold of our emotions from the get-go in this powerful story.

I’m so humbled that God would choose me, a former cynic, to write this story. It is my prayer that Recovering Hope will be a balm to many readers’ souls.

If you want to read more about things like how I chose the careers I did for Hope and Tyler, some quirky things I learned about dolphins, where I got the medical knowledge from to write Recovering Hope, and how the epilogue came about, I’m having Coffee with Paula Marie today at Fiction Full of Faith. Why not pop on over there right now? I’m giving away a copy of Recovering Hope to one commenter on that blog.

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Blessings of Love by Juliette Duncan is now available to Pre-Order

Blessings of Love

By  Juliette Duncan

 

She’s going on mission to help others. He’s going only to win her heart.

 

Skye Matthews, bright, bubbly and a committed social work major, is the pastor’s daughter. She’s in love with Scott Anderson, the most eligible bachelor, not just at church, but in the entire town.

Scott lavishes her with flowers and jewellery and treats her like a lady, and Skye has no doubt that life with him would be amazing. And yet, sometimes, she can’t help but feel he isn’t committed enough. Not to her, but to God.

She knows how important Scott’s work is to him, but she has a niggling feeling that he isn’t prioritising his faith, and that concerns her. If only he’d join her on the mission trip to Burkina Faso…

Scott Anderson, a smart, handsome civil engineering graduate, has just received the promotion he’s been working for for months. At age twenty-four, he’s the youngest employee to ever hold a position of this calibre, and he’s pumped.

Scott has been dating Skye long enough to know that she’s ‘the one’, but just when he’s about to propose, she asks him to go on mission with her. His plans of marrying her are thrown to the wind.

Can he jeopardise his career to go somewhere he’s never heard of, to work amongst people he’d normally ignore?

If it’s the only way to get a ring on Skye’s finger, he might just risk it…

And can Skye’s faith last the distance when she’s confronted with a truth she never expected?

“Blessings of Love” is a journey of two hearts molded and shaped by the Master Potter in the most unlikeliest of places, blessed by the greatest love of all. Join Scott and Skye as they travel to the tiny country of Burkina Faso, and like them, be blessed by love.

Let this stand-alone Christian love story warm your heart and draw you close to the One who loves you without condition. Blessings of Love is Book 15 of “The Potter’s House Books”, stories of love, hope, redemption, and second chances.

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“Heart Transformed” is now available to read! Just 99c or FREE with KU!

Heart Transformed

 

… Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

{2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT}

The inspiration for Heart Transformed came from an old school friend of mine.

I completed my high school years in a small town where many kids were from second or third generation farming families. Back then, there wasn’t much for us to do outside of school hours. For the kids who weren’t helping their parents on the farm, there wasn’t much else to do. There were no movie theatres or bowling alleys, and no fast food joints to hang out at. As a result, many of the kids turned to partying as a means to deal with the boredom of living in a farming community.

During our high school years, my friend went off the rails. He was rebellious and defiant, and didn’t really give his future too much thought. Deep down, he was a great guy – caring and kind – but his home life, and limited options in the small town, had influenced the choices he made. Weekends were spent partying – in a daze fuelled by alcohol and drugs, and he began to skip school. After graduating, we lost touch when I moved away and headed to the city to pursue my studies.

Many years later, I ran into my friend at the church I attended in the city. It was a surreal moment, as I tried to match up my old memories with the person who stood before me. Obviously a number of years had passed since we’d seen each other, but he looked incredible – bright eyed, clear skinned – and exuding a joy I’d never known him to possess.

He told me he’d been clean for a number of years, all thanks to Jesus, and was working with youth in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program. I was completely floored by his transformation – and so incredibly happy for him, and how God was using his story to change lives.

Heart Transformed is fictitious, based loosely on my friend’s life. However, God’s grace is real, and continues to leave me in awe. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with our past, our inadequacies, and to think we’re not good/bold/eloquent/beautiful etc. enough. But God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect before He can use our lives. In fact, Scripture is full of people with imperfections He has used to further His kingdom. God is in the business of transforming hearts and lives, and He uses our scars, struggles and mistakes for His glory.

In Heart Transformed, we see God’s transforming power at work as He uses both Genevieve’s and David’s pasts for His glory. May their story be a blessing to you.

How has God transformed your life?

 

Heart Transformed is Book 13 in The Potter’s House Books Series. All books in the series are stand-alone and can be read in any order.

“Recovering Hope” by Marion Ueckermann is now available to Pre-Order!

Recovering Hope is now available to Pre-Order!

In a single moment, a dream dies, and hope is lost.

 

Lovers of the ocean, Hope and Tyler Peterson long for the day they can dip their little one’s feet into the wild blue yonder and pass on their passion for the sea.

Despite dedicating her life to the rescue and rehabilitation of God’s sea creatures, when their dream dies, Hope can’t muster the strength to do the same for herself. Give her a dark hole to hide away from the world and she’d be happy…if happiness were ever again within her reach.

While Tyler is able to design technology that probes the mysteries of the deep, he’s at a loss finding a way to help Hope surface from the darkness that has dragged her into its abyss. He struggles to plan for their future when his wife can barely cope with the here and now.

If they can’t recover hope, their marriage won’t survive.

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Just 99 cents for a limited time!

Happy Release Day, Tragedy & Trust by Mary Manners!


Tragedy & Trust ~ Now available to read

If you Pre-Ordered, check your Kindle! It’s waiting for you to read!

FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

99 cents for just one more week!

ONE WRONG TURN AT A FORK IN THE ROAD…

When Chloe Rylin flees New York City and her dream of becoming a Broadway
performer, she returns to her hometown harboring a life-altering secret and the
shame of a shattered past. Best friend Kelsie asks her to help build a house
through the local Shelter the Homeless program, where Chloe meets Zack Coleman and his
mischievous Saint Bernard.

Zack is dealing with a devastating loss of his own, yet his gentleness and patience melt Chloe’s resolve never to trust, much less fall in love, again. But what will Zack think when he discovers the shame of Chloe’s past? Will he reject her, or can their fledgling love heal hurting hearts and blossom into a happily-ever-after?

 

Grab it today for a limited time for just 99c! Free with KU!

 

“Heart Transformed” by Kristen M. Fraser is now available on Pre-Order!

“Heart Transformed”

by Kristen M. Fraser

Available for Pre-Order today!

Can rebellious hearts be changed?

Expected to follow in her father’s footsteps as a successful lawyer, Genevieve Trehearn’s world is turned upside down when she finds herself behind bars with a criminal record slapped against her name. Having rebelled against the wishes of her family, Genevieve is suddenly alone – disowned by her wealthy parents and those whom she considered to be her closest friends. With her once pretentious life reduced to the four walls of a prison cell, Genevieve must face the mistakes of her shameful past and plan for a new future.

David Molineaux is the owner of ‘Elevation Adventures’, an outdoor adventure company that also works with at-risk kids, providing opportunities for them to learn new skills and develop new friendships. He loves nothing better than to spend time outdoors with his Creator and encouraging others to do the same. But David is also hiding scars from his past. And when he is asked to provide adventure opportunities to ex-prisoners, he is worried his past will catch up with him and destroy his business.

When Genevieve and David’s worlds collide, fear of the past threatens to destroy a promising future. Can the shame from their pasts be overcome? Or will the burden from past mistakes be too heavy to bear?

 

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Happy Release! Author Brenda S. Anderson releases “Place Called Home”

 

The word “Home” conjures up different images for all of us. For me, when someone says “home,” I think of faith, family, friends … food. 😊 To me, the word conveys warmth, happiness, love, stability, a place where people accept me for who I am, and I don’t have to wear any masks. But, as is shown in PLACE CALLED HOME, not all have the same feeling or experiences.

To my hero, Nate Brooks, “home” has a few different meanings. He grew up in a loving home, but he’s itching to hit the road in his skoolie, a renovated school bus. His idea of home is traveling around the country, seeing God’s amazing creation!

But then there’s my heroine, Tessa Chanson. She grew up traveling across the country and just wants a stable home. She wants the house with a wide front porch and a white picket fence so much that she makes a wrong choice and ends up with an emotional abuser. Suddenly, “home” takes on an entirely different meaning for her.

PLACE CALLED HOME is about Tessa’s journey to discover where Home really is, and Nate plays a very large role in her finding that true Home.

What does the word “Home” mean to you?

 

About PLACE CALLED HOME ~

All she wants is a settled place to call home.
He can’t wait to make home a life-long road trip.

All Tessa Chanson ever wanted was a stable place to call home. She thought she’d found that when she moved in with Jared—until his home became her prison. When his control escalates, the only answer is to escape—an escape that’s hampered when she falls and fractures her ankle.

While building his graphic design company, Nate Brooks is focused on the future he’s dreamed of: traveling around the country from the comfort of his renovated school bus. But when he picks up a wounded, mysterious hitchhiker, those well-laid plans take a backseat to protecting her.

Hobbled by her injury, Tessa fears she’ll never find freedom. Or has she found it with the family who graciously opens their home to her? And will Nate’s protection put his family—and his heart—at risk?

PLACE CALLED HOME is Book 11 of “The Potter’s House Books,” stories of love, hope, redemption, and second chances.

Purchase PLACE CALLED HOME ~

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 About Brenda S. Anderson ~

Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 31 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.

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New Pre-Order, Tragedy & Trust by Author Mary Manners, is now available!

Tragedy & Trust, by Author Mary Manners, is now available to Pre-Order!

ONE WRONG TURN AT A FORK IN THE ROAD…
When Chloe Rylin flees New York City and her dream of becoming a Broadway
performer, she returns to her hometown harboring a life-altering secret and the
shame of a shattered past. Best friend Kelsie asks her to help build a house
through the local Shelter the Homeless program, where Chloe meets Zack Coleman and his
mischievous Saint Bernard.
Zack is dealing with a devastating loss of his own, yet his gentleness and patience melt
 Chloe’s resolve never to trust, much less fall in love, again. But what will Zack think
 when he discovers the shame of Chloe’s past? Will he reject her, or can their fledgling
 love heal hurting hearts and blossom into a happily-ever-after, together?

Pre-Order your copy today for just 99 cents or FREE with Kindle unlimited upon release!

“Heart Healed”, by Alexa Verde, is now available to read

Heart Healed is now available to read! 

Just 99c for the next week or FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Can a scarred man running from his past and a beautiful star running from her future survive a murderous attack and find healing in God’s loving arms?
Country music sensation, Miriam Lizarraga, thinks her world’s crushed when she loses her voice. But that’s before her first love decides to marry someone else and the man who nearly killed her sets out to get her again. In desperation, she accepts help from a stranger, Philip Barlow. But with a target on her back and pain in her heart, can she love again?
When Philip Barlow goes on a vacation, he doesn’t expect to meet his celebrity crush. Realizing Miriam is in danger, he’s ready to die to protect her. But scarred after an accident and struggling with anger issues, can he hope the gorgeous star will one day return his feelings?
As the day nears when their lives will be in danger and their courage tested, can they find strength in God?

Heart Healed is Book 10 of “The Potter’s House Books”, stories of love, hope, redemption, and second chances.

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Dear Readers,

We all deal with emotional pain in different ways. Sometimes the pain is so strong, so overwhelming, that we have to find an outlet. And the way we cope with pain isn’t always a healthy one. Let’s take the heroine of my new book, Heart Healed.

Miriam Lizarraga had a rich, glamorous life as a country star, and many people probably envied her. But very few of those people knew the deep pain she carried inside and the way she dealt with it. Miriam was a cutter. Sadly, even in Christian circles, cutting happens more often than we know, especially among teenagers.

The hero of Heart Healed, Philip Barlow, has anger management issues. Who didn’t have an outburst of anger now and then? But when those outbursts become uncontrollable, it can lead to bad consequences. And Miriam knows it all too well…

In my new book, I wanted to show we need to reach out to God because only God can heal our hearts. I also tried to say that we don’t need to push our pain deep inside. There’s help available. First and foremost, from the Lord. Then there are pastors, therapists, friends, relatives, neighbors… Get. Help. Now.

Blessings,

Alexa Verde

“Place Called Home” by Brenda Anderson is now available for Pre-Order!

Place Called Home, by Brenda S. Anderson

is now available to Pre-Order!

All she wants is a settled place to call home.
He can’t wait to make home a life-long road trip.

All Tessa Chanson ever wanted was a stable place to call home. She thought she’d found that when she moved in with Jared—until his home became her prison. When his control escalates, the only answer is to escape—an escape that’s hampered when she falls and fractures her ankle.

While building his graphic design company, Nate Brooks is focused on the future he’s dreamed of: traveling around the country from the comfort of his renovated school bus. But when he picks up a wounded, mysterious hitchhiker, those well-laid plans take a backseat to protecting her.

Hobbled by her injury, Tessa fears she’ll never find freedom. Or has she found it with the family who graciously opens their home to her? And will Nate’s protection put his family—and his heart—at risk?

Pre-Order your copy today for just 99 cents…read upon release September 11, 2018! Free with KU upon release.