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Monday, August 29, 2011

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Thunder in the Morning Calm by Don Brown

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Thunder in the Morning Calm
Zondervan (August 2, 2011)
Don Brown


DON BROWN, a former U.S. Navy JAG Officer, is the author of Zondervan’s riveting NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, a dynamic storyline chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer ZACK BREWER. After TREASON, his first novel in the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, was published to rave reviews in 2005, drawing comparisons to the writing style of John Grisham, Don Brown was named as co-chairman of national I LOVE TO WRITE DAY, an event recognized by the governors of nine states to promote writing throughout the nation, and especially among the nation’s schools.

Paying no homage to political correctness, Don's writing style is described as “gripping,” casting an entertaining and educational spin on a wide-range of current issues, from radical Islamic infiltration of the military, to the explosive issue of gays in the military, to the modern day issues of presidential politics in the early 21st Century.

Don graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1982, and after finishing law school, continued his post-graduate studies through the Naval War College, earning the Navy’s nonresident certificate in International Law.

During his five years on active duty in the Navy, Don served in the Pentagon, was published in the Naval Law Review, and was also a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.


Lieutenant Commander 'Gunner' McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a TOP-SECRET MEMO revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps.

As it happens, Gunner's grandfather, who was a young marine officer in the Korean War, disappeared at Chosin Reservoir over 60 years ago and is still listed as MIA in North Korea. Sworn to silence about what he has read, the top-secret memo eats at him. Gunner decides to spend all his inheritance and break every military regulation in the book to finance his own three-man commando squad on a suicide mission north of the DMZ to search for clues about the fate of his grandfather.

Risking his career, his fortune, and his life, Gunner will get his answers, or he will die trying.

Don Brown is building a loyal fan base by writing what he knows best: thrillers with heart. A former Navy JAG officer and action officer in the Pentagon, Brown pens action-packed plots and finely-drawn characters that are credible and compelling. Thunder in the Morning Calm is a novel of bravery, duty, and family love that will keep readers of all ages reading straight through to the last page.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Thunder in the Morning Calm , go HERE

Friday, August 26, 2011

How to Convert PDF files into Kindle Ebooks

Great info if you've wondered as I have
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The Kindle can display files in four different formats:
  • .TXT files (HTML files can be viewed if you change the extension to .txt as well)
  • .AZW files – Amazon’s own exclusive ebook format for the Kindle
  • .MOBI files – content formatted for the MobiPocket Reader
  • .PRC – These are the exact same format as .MOBI but were designed to be compatible with Palm PDAs
Odds are, though, that the bulk of the documents you have on your computer that you might wish to read on your Kindle are in PDF format. If you’re like me, you’ve got a lifetime of reading stored up in PDF files that you’ve been meaning to get around to “some day soon.” Adding them to your Kindle library would be a good way to make them more accessible, and make it far more likely that you’ll get around to reading all those files at one point or another.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Obituary: Larry Blumer

Here's the write-up in our local paper.

Larry Blumer

August 20, 2011

The Daily News
KINGSFORD - Larry D. Blumer, 71, of Kingsford, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at his home.
He was born on June 7, 1940, in St. Clair, Mich., son of the late Fred C. and Mildred A. (Hill) Blumer. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Taylor University and his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Larry married Rhoda Jean Parker in Detroit on March 14, 1964, and spent more than 47 wonderful years together. He was hired by General Motors and retired in 2000 after 37 years as a design and management engineer in Flint, Mich.

Dad's Obituary

Friday, August 19, 2011

Death Announcement for Dad

Larry Blumer

August 18, 2011

The Daily News

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KINGSFORD - Larry D. Blumer, 71, of Kingsford, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home.

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Thomas Nelson - $10,000 Contest Giveaway

From Thomas Nelson:

One of the highlights of our days in the Fiction department at Thomas Nelson? Receiving reader letters—either directly addressed to us or passed along from our talented authors. It’s critical to be reminded that at the end of our long days acquiring, editing, designing, selling, marketing, and publicizing books, those stories are reaching readers, striking nerves, changing lives. We want readers’ feedback. How stories have given you hope. Which authors’ series you can’t help from sharing with everyone you meet. We want to know what makes you stay up late in the night to finish a story, and conversely what turns you away.

We’re conducting a series of surveys—seeking answers from readers who love Christian fiction. Up for grabs is a free ebook for every respondent who completes the survery, as well as a $10,000 prize for one entrant. The responses we gather will help shape the future of the books we publish for years to come. As well as the data we’re collecting here, we’ll also seek more in-depth feedback from a panel we’ll develop over the next year. More details to come. The note below from one of authors gives a specific picture of how reader feedback shapes her work. In short, your opinion matters! We thank you for your time and appreciate your responding.

--Thomas Nelson Fiction

Dear Friends--

Your opinion matters. It really does. I love hearing from readers about what worked for them in a story and about what doesn’t work. Reader feedback changed the balance between romance and suspense in my novels. After the Rock Harbor trilogy, I wanted to write more suspense in my novels because that’s what I personally like. But readers really wanted more relationship and romance in the books so I moved back that direction to about the same mix of 50/50 that the Rock Harbor novels contained. I write for you even more than for myself.

I had no intention of setting a whole series of books at Bluebird, Texas. It was going to be only one book, but readers sent me requests in droves for more books. The fourth book in the Lonestar series, Lonestar Angel, will be out in October. The Rock Harbor novels were going to be complete at three. There are now five and I’m thinking about another one! All due to reader demand.

I’ve often asked for reader input on names and locations too. When I was struggling for a name for my hero in The Lightkeeper’s Ball, I turned to my readers. Harrison really fit my character, and my readers told me. Love that! When I was trying to decide on a location for the new Hope Beach series I’ve started, I asked readers. Their overwhelming response was for a series set in the Outer Banks so guess what I’m writing?!

That’s why we’re coming to you for answers. We want to give you what you really want! Don’t be afraid to let us know what you really think. We value your honesty and the time it will take to share with us. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

Your friend,

Colleen Coble

Thursday, August 18, 2011

C.S. Lewis and Death

"But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."  —C.S. Lewis (Thanks to Mike Glanzer for this fabulous quotation.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dad in Glory

Dad just passed into the arms of his Savior while Mom and I were trying to change him. Thanks all for praying for him during his life. Please pray for the family during this time. Thank you.

Dad rapidly declining

By all signs, Dad is rapidly declining now. His lungs are filled with fluid, and the bubbling sound of his exhalations reminds me a deep-sea diver. The nurse has doubled his medication, and he is snoring deeply. He has shown signs of decline before, so there is no certain timeline of his home going. I'm with Mom now and trying to do what I can to help. Thanks for your prayers.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Grammatically Correct

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Beagles - What's not to like?

The girls might be getting a beagle, so those dogs are on our minds at the moment.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry's Prayer

Buy One, Get One FREE Featuring Kregel Fiction

Buy a copy of Fatal Illusions and get another book free.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Why Do You Need an Editor?

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Why Do You Need an Editor?

Nabokov said, "My pencils outlast my erasers."  

Writing well means trial and error and learning to master the craft. And that’s an on-going journey. I keep learning new things every year. You’re never “there.” You’re never perfect. And sometimes I think the more I learn, the less I know. 

I once read of a famous writer of the past who would simply scribble out his manuscripts on whatever paper surface he might have at hand, give the pile to his editor at the publishing house, and that person made everything come together for lasting, classic fiction works. 


Monday, August 8, 2011

The Hardest Thing by Penelope Wilcock

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Hardest Thing
Crossway Books (July 31, 2011)
Penelope Wilcock


PENELOPE WILCOCK is a full-time author living in Hastings, Sussex, on the southeast coast of England. Her blog, Kindred of the Quiet Way, is about a simple and spiritual Christian lifestyle. Her other books in The Hawk and the Dove series are The Hawk and the Dove, The Wounds of God, and The Long Fall.


This latest in Wilcock’s The Hawk and the Dove series takes readers into the world of a fourteenth-century monastery struggling to forgive an old enemy seeking refuge.

The first of three sequels to the celebrated The Hawk and the Dove trilogy takes place one year after the end of the third book, in the early fourteenth century. A peaceful monastery is enjoying its new abbot, who is taking the place of Father Peregrine, when an old enemy arrives seeking refuge. Reluctantly taking in Prior William, the upended community must address old fears and bitterness while warily seeking reconciliation. But can they really trust Prior William?

In her fourth book in the series, Penelope Wilcock wrestles with the difficulties of forgiveness and the cautions of building trust. Taking the form of journal entries, her story will delight the imaginations of readers captivated by a time and place far distant from our current world. Her timeless themes, however, will challenge our prejudices today as we, along with her characters, are forced to ask ourselves, “What is the hardest thing to do?”

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Hardest Thing, go HERE.

My Review

This novel is on my TBR pile, and I look forward to reading it. It looks interesting.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dad Having Seizures

Nurse says these indicate more brain swelling and could result in comma. Please be in prayer for my parents at this time. Thanks.