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Novella Spotlight – “Peace Be Still” by Amanda Tero

Amanda Tero is releasing a new short story! Join Keith as he faces crashing waves and turmoil to learn the peace that God can give. This novella looks and sounds fantastic, and I am excited for Amanda on this release! Read further for information and a giveaway!

Back Cover Blurb:
Twelve-year-old Keith is left in charge of the lighthouse
and his two younger siblings while his
dad goes out in the storm to help a ship in distress.
 
As the long night passes with waves pounding against the
lighthouse, fear threatens to engulf him.
 
Can Keith stay awake and keep the lights burning?
Will he worry away the night, or will he find comfort and
peace in trusting God’s promises?
A short story. 2,600+ words.
Read for Free!
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Be Still” free!
Giveaway
Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a PRINT copy of “Peace, Be Still” and the “Be Still” faith building block (from Par la Grace)
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About Amanda

Amanda
Tero is a homeschool graduate whose desire is to provide God-honoring
reading material that challenges the readers to consider their walk with God.
She has currently published several short stories which can be found on
Amazon on her website.

 

 

 

 

Other Blogs Participating in the release:

September 18, 2015

Faith – faithblum.wordpress.com

Rebekah – www.readytobeoffered.com

Alicia – http://www.abrighterdestiny.blogspot.com/

Janell – thewindowfriend.wordpress.com

Raechel – https://godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com/

 

September 19, 2015

Kenzi – http://honeyrockhills.com/

Lauren Lotter – www.heritageliterature.com/my-blog

Posted in Books, Pictures, reading, Writing

Novella Cover Reveals for Faith Blum’s upcoming releases! And a give-away!

Today I am delighted to share in the cover reveals for three of Faith’s new novella’s! So…

Check out the covers for Faith Blum’s three new novellas, I Love Thee, Pass Me Not, and Redeemed. They will all be published this summer! Instead of doing three separate reveals, she chose to do one reveal for all three. To learn how these novellas came into being, check out Faith’s blog post today. Read on to see the covers and learn about each of the stories. Don’t forget to enter to win the novel that started it all!

I Love Thee
Publication Date: June 26, 2015

 

Pass Me Not (2)

Redeemed

Synopses

I Love Thee

Mom and Dad dead STOP Please come STOP Gage

Confirmed bachelor, Cole Baxter, finds himself raising his sister’s four young children. After one week of leaving his ranch in the hands of his foreman to take care of the grieving, needy children, he has to admit the task is beyond him and he needs help. But hired help won’t suffice: those children need a mother’s hand. Cole needs a wife.

Approximately 17,800 words.

I Love Thee Preorder
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Pass Me Not

Let me at Thy throne of mercy/Find a sweet relief/Kneeling there in deep contrition/Help my unbelief

Timothy is at his wit’s end. His twelve year old half-sister has run off five housekeepers in almost a year. Since their parents died, she has grown wilder than ever. What can he do? As he looks for a new housekeeper, his eye catches sight of a mail order bride advertisement. One young lady has a younger sister and sounds like a God-fearing woman. Could this be the answer to his dilemma or will Louise run her off, too?

Approximately 15,300 words


Redeemed

Mail Order bride seeks wealthy Western man. Write Mona Sommers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Alexander Granger is tired of his father’s lectures and sermons. It’s time for payback. His plan is to pretend to marry a woman and scandalize his father when he finds out they aren’t really married. Will Mona accept his offer? Can Alex get away with his plan?

Approximately 11,600 words.

About the Author

An avid reader, Faith Blum started writing at an early age. Whether it was a story about the camping trip that summer or a more creative story about fictional characters, she has always enjoyed writing. When not writing, Miss Blum enjoys reading, crafting, playing piano, Captaining on the Holy Worlds Historical Fiction Forum and playing games with her family (canasta, anyone?).

As a history enthusiast who has been fascinated for years with the Old West, Faith has endeavored to create a clean, fun, and challenging Western story. Faith lives with her family on a hobby farm in the Northern Midwest, where she enjoys the many cats they have.

You can find Faith on her Website, Blog, Facebook, and Twitter

Giveaway

How would you like your very own copy of the book that started it all? Well, at least started it all for the novellas. Enter the giveaway below and you could win a signed paperback copy of Amazing Grace.

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Or, if you would like another chance to win a signed copy, you can also enter the Goodreads giveaway that is open today through July 2nd!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Amazing Grace by Faith Blum

Amazing Grace

by Faith Blum

Giveaway ends July 02, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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The covers look delightful, do they not? Congrats Faith!! I wish you the best success with your writing. :)

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“Forgiveness with Thee” – a Short WWII story by yours truly

Hello readers!

Jack Lewis Baillot over at However Improbable is holding a WWII themed give-away, the ‘give-away’ to be three copies of her book, “Brothers-in-arms” which I dearly would love to read. Thus I am entering! One of the ways to enter is to write a short story relating to WWII, so that is what I have done. Here it is!

 

American medic in Anzio Italy 1944 WWII  (pic via Pinterest)

“Forgiveness with Thee”

by Raechel Lenore

Gun fire and explosions rang in Danny’s ears continually, yet his limbs refused to follow his brains muddled commands to move!

*One more hit and I’m a goner,* he silently thought to himself. When would the terror and nightmares be over?

“I can’t…go…yet” he mumbled. “Too…many…sins to…make up for,” he cringed, the pain coursing through his entire body nearly unbearable.

“Lord, hear me, please…let me not die in vain.” He coughed rapidly, his eyes widening in fright and alarm as he saw blood on his chest, surely from the coughing.

Another explosion hit near by.

A single tear trickled down his cheek,  “I am…so…sorry…for all I’ve done, God. Please…save…my family.” More coughs, more blood. Danny knew it couldn’t be long now.

Then, as a refreshing river drenching his parched soul, Bible verses his mother had repeated over and over in his growing up years made their way through his mind:

“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” – Psalm 130

Tears continued to flow down his face. But there is forgiveness in Thee…  “Thank You, Lord, Thank You,”

Everything in Danny’s world went dark.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

“Ma’am? You home, Ma’am?” a young soldier pounded on the door of a small American home. Amelia McQuade stood at the kitchen stone, making do with what little supplies she had. “This blasted war” she mumbled. Wiping her flour-covered hands on her apron, Amelia hurried to her door. Another knock sounded, and she called out, “Be right there!” Her little four-year old son appeared at her feet, “Who is it, Mamma?”

“I’m not sure, Daniel,” She answered patiently. “Shall we find out?”

Not waiting for her child to answer, Amelia opened the door, her hand resting on her pregnant stomach.

“Can I help – ” her hand quickly flew to her mouth. Danny. You came home!

The young soldier stood behind Amelia’s husband’s wheelchair. “We thought he was a goner, Ma’am, but apparently the Lord had other plans,”

Danny took Amelia’s hands in his broken ones, “I waited for the Lord…and He delivered me back to you.”

Praise ye the Lord.

The End

I hoped you enjoyed this short tale! Be sure to head over to Jack’s blog and join in her give-away fun!

Please no stealing – this writing piece belongs to me (and God!); thank you for respecting that!

Posted in Book reviews, God's Lessons, Writing

Book Review: “Brothers and Betrayal” By Sarah Holman

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“Brothers and Betrayal” by Sarah Holman

#2 in The Tales of Taelis Series (click the link to go to Amazon and purchase!)   Releases March 28th 2015

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About Sarah Holman:

Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of three published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

 

About the book:

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My Thoughts:

Once again, Sarah Holman has spun a marvelous tale, giving light to the many virtues the Lord desires to cultivate in us. In “Brothers and Betrayal”, the main theme is forgiveness and mercy. It’s oftentimes a hard lesson, but so important. I think it was shown beautifully in this book.

The characters were very like-able (except for the bad ones, but they were still well-crafted!), and I enjoyed reading from a couple of the characters’ different points of view. I found myself very intrigued by The Archer, and Brianna was another favourite character as well. Oh, and the character, Sarah was cute. :)

“Brothers and Betrayal” was a very enjoyable tale, and I am very much looking forward to the next in this lovely series! I really appreciate how Sarah Holman writes God-honouring tales that portray His goodness and is clearly woven in faith. I think these books would be a great read for all, but especially young readers, to encourage them in their walk with the Lord. I wish there were more books such as these!

So with that being said, I highly recommend these books to anyone and everyone! It is so refreshing to read such clear, godly, enjoyable books.

Marvelously done, Miss Holman!

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Readers, make sure you check out Sarah Holman’s blog for more info and fun! Link is provided when you click on either her name at the top also the very top image. :) And click on the link below to go to the Rafflecoptor Giveaway!!!

RAFFLECOPTOR GIVEAWAY

I received a complimentary ecopy from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. I was not paid to give a positive review; all thoughts are my own.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review and extras: “The Tomb: a novel of Martha” by Stephanie Landsem AND Recipe and giveaway!

http://www.amazon.com/Tomb-Novel-Martha-Living-Water/dp/1451689128/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1425989129&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Tomb%3A+a+novel+of+Martha

 

Eeeeee, I am so excited about this one!!! Enjoy this review, and stay tuned for the give-away info and the recipe at the end!!

 

“The Tomb: a Novel of Martha” by Stephanie Landsem

Book three in The Living Water Series (though can easily stand alone)

Review copy from the author

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

About:

In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus’s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha—a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past—to hope and a new life.
Everyone in Bethany admires Martha—the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees’ strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister’s marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her.
Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha’s secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed. When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother—risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her—or deny Jesus’ healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies.
Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha’s love.
When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he—like Isa—come too late?

My Review:

*Sigh* What a perfectly lovely book, that is not just full of fluff. I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I had not one thing that I didn’t like. Stephanie Landsem continues to amaze me with her awe-inspiring books. This is the third book in her fantastic “Living Waters Series” and the encounters the characters have with Jesus are all superb! It’s heart-moving, really, it is. I have cried through all three of these books, so yes, as you can see, “The Tomb” was no exception.

Again, God is so good to have me read it at the exact right timing – I needed to read about Martha. And Mrs. Landsem just completely brought her to life in this amazing book. The Bible account is beautiful, and Mrs. Landsem just accents that.

What would Martha’s day to day have been like? What did she feel, believe, struggle with? Oh, it is all showed and handled so well in “The Tomb”! And each character was beautifully constructed. I got so attached to all of them.

Having read the Bible account of Lazarus many times, I knew what was going to happen, yet when Lazarus died – and came back to life by  Jesus’ power – I cried. It was so emotional.

Along with tears, this book had me laughing, as well as yelling at it. My family can attest to that. =D There were some edge-of-the-seat moments, I tell you.

But I didn’t want it to end. I didn’t want the whole book to end, because I loved it so much. It is one you just want to stay in – forever. And I can’t wait to return to the lovely world Mrs. Landsem has shone light to.

What I love about Biblical fiction is it is so full of godly wisdom, and makes you read the Bible in a whole new light. I sometimes forget that when I’m reading just your regular ‘romance’ or ‘historical’ fictions – even if they’re Christian – Biblical fiction just gives me such a peace and fills me.  Praise God for Biblical fiction. :) (This is not to say that I do not enjoy romance/historical fiction, if they are Christian. Some are very God-filled, in which case I like them equally)

Oh and at the end there was a part where two characters from the previous Living Water’s Series book made it into the scene! It was adorable, and made me very happy. :)

I could rave on and on about this book, but I will try to stop and make sure this review isn’t too lengthy. But please, do check out all of Stephanie Landsem’s books – you won’t be disappointed!

One of the quotes I loved:

“He [Jesus] loved her- not because she could cook a feast, and keep her household clothed, not because she immersed the vessels and kept the law. He loved her…because she was Martha.” – Chapter 49 page  282

ALSO readers, I’m delighted to share with you two extra things with this review. Below is the image for the give-away Stephanie Landsem is holding on her blog, so be sure to click on that and go check it out!

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And second, I have a recipe of Martha of Bethany’s to share! It looks yummy. :)

 

Martha’s yogurt with pomegranate syrup

This is a simple, yet beautiful and delicious recipe that will make you feel like you’re having breakfast in Bethany with Martha, Lazarus, and Zakai. You only need two ingredients for this breakfast treat:

Plain yogurt (I use Greek yogurt but regular would work fine also)

Pomegranate juice

 

Martha would have had to break open the pomegranates, take out the seeds, pound them and strain out the juice. We can use a bottled pomegranate juice like POM to make this much easier.

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Pour 2 cups of pomegranate juice into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil gently until it is thick and reduced to about ¼ cup, it should take about 40 minutes. Watch carefully toward the end. Pour into a small pitcher or measuring cup to cool. When cooled, it will be thick and deep red.

Scoop yogurt into a bowl and pour the cooled syrup over. (The pomegranate syrup will be slightly bitter and not as sweet as we are accustomed to in our culture.)


Enjoy the flavors that would have been familiar to Martha and her family during the time of Jesus. 

 

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attribute for the pomegranate pic: “Pomegranate close up” by Taken byfir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.auCanon 20D + Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 – Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pomegranate_close_up.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Pomegranate_close_up.jpg
And the last picture is thanks to Mrs. Landsem herself!

 

And let me say a BIG THANK YOU to Stephanie Landsem!! It was a JOY and BLESSING to be our your team and I adore your books :)

 

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

Posted in Books, update

A Double Purpose Post

I first came on here to share about a give-away (which I’ll get to in a moment), but then I was notified by WordPress that today marks my four-year blog anniversary! I had no idea. XD So yes, apparently I have been blogging here for four lovely years now. (And actually I do believe it was a year longer, for before I officially switched over to WP, my blog was hosted through another site – Jibe Now – so….)

But yes, I thought that was rather nice of a surprise to see. :D

Anyway, onward and forward! I am on the influencer team for Jody Hedland’s upcoming book, “An Uncertain Choice” (it looks soo good! Can’t wait to receive my copy and start reading!), and wanted to share that Jody Hedland is hosting a giveaway for this very book – 5 signed ARC copies no less – on her site. You may find out more here:

Jody Hedlund

JHARC giveaway

 

So yes, there it is! Have fun entering and reading!!

 

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Congratulations, you are the lucky winner…Come on down!

Hello and Happy December First!

I am here to announce the give-away winner from THIS POST.

First I thank you to those who entered – I wish you each could’ve won. =) I appreciate the readers of this blog so much! You all are treasures.

Now, the revealing. Using Random.Org the winner selected is…

 

!!!! KENZIE !!!!

Yay!! Congratulations, my friend!!! I will email you and get the prize sent to you soon! =)

Again, a big thanks! And hopefully I’ll be back to posting a bit more…hopefully. ^.^

God bless, and again congrats Kenzie!!

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Litfuse Kindle Giveaway/ J.A. Marx

I read “Destiny Defied” by J.A. Marx and it is aaaammmmaaaazzzziiiinnnnggg, truly!! Be sure not to miss this one! I will have my review of the book posted on December Third. :)

(Oh and please don’t forget to enter my give-away too!! Go HERE to enter!)

 

And now, info on the Destiny Defied giveaway:

 

 

 

JA Marx Destiny Defied

Welcome to the series launch of J.A. Marx‘s Destiny series. Book one, Destiny Defied, is a chilling tale of freedom from oppression and the Light that overcomes the dark.


J.A. is celebrating the launch of her series with a Kindle giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on December 2. 

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Destiny Defied by J.A. Marx.

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 12/2. Winner will be announced at the Destiny Defied Facebook author chat party on December 2nd. RSVP for a chance to connect with J.A. Marx, to chat about the book, as well as to win some great prizes!

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{NOT ON FACEBOOK? ENTER HERE.}

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 2nd!

Posted in Books, Give-aways, Writing

I’ve made it this far – 300th

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Hello! And thanks for stopping by to read this 300th post! I know, seems kind of crazy.
I have been pondering for a while how to properly “celebrate” this milestone in my blogging journey. After much thought, desire, and help/support from my Mum, we have decided to hold this blog’s first self-held giveaway! I’m pretty excited! I know I have hosted a couple other giveaways, but never before have I been the one to “create” one, if that makes sense.  Before I reveal more on that note, here is a statistic. ;)

 

I am trying to get better at this and pass books on...working on it at least...

I decided to  share how many book reviews you have endured over the years. As far as I can figure, it’s only been approximately 43 book reviews! And then maybe a handful of product reviews, too. :) Thankfully, I have read more books than I have reviewed…that would be terrifying that I only read 43 books over the course of this blog. Mortifying, really. ;)

I am blessed to have made it to so many posts – truly. I’ve greatly enjoyed this blogging journey, with its ups and downs, and posting and not posting. ^.^ And I am even more blessed to have YOU as my readers. So, thank you!!!

 

Without further ado, I present to you, God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae’s first give-away!!

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As you know, I love books, and notebooks, and paper, and writing. So, I decided to kind of ‘theme’ that in this give-away. So, one winner will receive the following:

  • A 7″ x 5″ notepad
  • A Silver glammer-y pencil
  • A silver ribbon pendant necklace

 

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The ways to enter are simple:

Mandatory entry: Be a follower (subscriber) to this blog and leave a comment telling me that you are. (Make sure you put your email in the ’email’ section of the comment, so I can contact you if you win)

Optional: Share about this give-away, and tell me you’ve done so, and how, in a comment. (You can use either the image w/ Toothless and the date info on it to share, or the picture of what is being given away. Just include a link back to this post!)

That’s all! Simple, like I said.

Unfortunately, I can only offer this to those in the U.S.A.  because funds are tight – I apologize greatly for my international readers; I am still so appreciative of you!!

This give-away will run from now (November 17th) till December 1st (a Monday). I will pick the winner on the 1st, posting the winner’s name, as well as emailing them directly.

As I said, it is optional to share about this give-away, but I would really appreciate it, and it will give you an extra entry. :)

Again, thank you for reading this blog!! You’re a blessing. :)

 

(Note, don’t forget to enter the give-away posted previously for Alicia Ruggieri’s book “Fragrance of Geraniums”!)

 

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“The Fragrance of Geraniums” by Alicia G. Ruggieri Release and Giveaway!

Today is the day! Alicia Roque Ruggieri’s book, “The Fragrance of Geraniums” releases to us blessed people! And she’s hosting a give-away in celebration of it – which I am so honoured to be sharing with you as well.
Below you will find the cover of the book, the description, and last but not the least the rafflecoptor where you can enter to win your very own copy of this lovely book. I can’t wait to receive my copy and begin reading!
This give-away runs from now (11/13) till 11/26 and is on several blogs as we celebrate this lovely release!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P4PB7W6/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Told from multiple perspectives, this is a powerful story of three women – of the threads of mercy that connect them – and of heart-wrenching sorrows alchemized by the Heavenly Father’s overwhelming redeeming grace.

Rhode Island – 1934

A GIRL
Grace Picoletti has nothing going for her – but she’s determined to succeed in life, nonetheless. Born to severe destitution, she claws her way up from the pit of family shame and secrets. She avoids close friendships – even with the likable, persistent Paulie Giorgi…

A WOMAN
Despite her own agonizing emotional pain, childless Emmeline Kinner reaches out to a young woman so far beneath her. She could never have known whom else God would set in her path through her friendship with Grace…

A MOTHER
Long ago, Sarah Picoletti resigned herself to a loveless, abusive life – and she believes that her daughter Grace must inherit the same fate. Yet Sarah’s own soul cries out for the blessed peace and hope of which the radio minister speaks…

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(Because I am either a bit unsure as to how to make the rafflecoptor show up besides just a link, or else it is the blog format, or the blog/computers fault, if you wish to enter, you will need to click the link to go enter. Sorry about that. But it is worth it, because the book looks and sounds fabulous!)

Enjoy! And don’t forget to stop by the author’s blog and Facebook to follow her:

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Alicia G. Ruggieri FaceBook

A fourth-generation New England native, Alicia G. Ruggieri writes stories about the possibility of redemption for all things through the Cross and the cost of true mercy. With a degree in Communications and History, Alicia loves spending her days researching, writing, and caring for her family, and she avows that every life would be enriched through the addition of just one more dog.