Amelia’s Legacy by Betty Thomason Owens

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Today we welcome Betty Thomason Owens to The Most Important Thing. Her debut novel, Amelia’s Legacy, has just released.

 

(1)  What inspired you to write Amelia’s Legacy?

Betty: I’d written only Westerns—several of them—which may never see the light of day. I wanted to write something different, so I sat down and typed out a scene. Nancy, sitting in a chair, enduring another lecture from the authority figure in her life – her grandmother, Amelia.

(2)  Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Betty: Nancy is a lot like me. She tended to lose herself in vain imaginations. She longed for adventure and thought she could live on the “wild side,” and nearly lost herself in the process. She was much too tender-hearted to be the “wild child” she desired to be. A good thing, I think. What Nancy really longs for is forgiveness, acceptance, and love.

(3)  Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Betty: I am currently working on Carlotta’s Legacy, the second in the Legacy series. Nancy’s best friend, Rebecca Lewis is the main character. After her family loses everything, she decides to marry an Italian count who’s crazy about her, but she’s not sure about him. Along the way, she finds love and the family she’s always longed for. Rebecca’s a lot of fun to write.

(4)  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Betty: Be teachable. Learn the craft of writing. It’s a work-in-progress for me. I’ll never learn everything, but I want to go for it. There are such wonderful teachers out there. And so many wonderful, talented writers.

(5)  Coffee or Tea?

Betty: Coffee. Definitely. Now.

Thanks, Betty, for dropping by!

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Amelia’s Legacy

It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes! Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy. Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge. As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?

 

Betty Thomason Owens loves a grand adventure, especially when there’s humor involved. Raising three sons has been her greatest humor-filled experience. Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. In addition to the ’20’s era romances, Betty also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and the upcoming Love Boat BachelorShe has two fantasy-adventure novels in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.

You may also connect with her at Facebook, Twitter, andGoogle+.
To purchase her books: Betty’s Books

 

Monday Meet: Clergy Appreciation Month

fall-church-hill-crossesOctober is Clergy Appreciation Month and the second Sunday in October Clergy Appreciation Day. Can you think of an act of kindness you can do for a minister and their family? Below is an article from a Focus on the Family site, The Thriving Pastor. You can go to this site for more ideas on how to honor someone in the Clergy…

 

Clergy Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these special people. It is typically scheduled in October, but can be held at any time that is convenient for the church and the community. It is also important to remember that appreciation, affirmation and prayer support of our spiritual leaders is appropriate throughout the entire year.

The nature of the service provided by pastors and their families is unique. God has entrusted to them one of the most precious of assignments — the spiritual well-being of His flock. When a pastor becomes ineffective, the very souls of his or her parishioners are endangered. When eternity is in the balance, we should all be concerned.

Pastors and their families live under incredible pressures. Their lives are played out in a fishbowl, with the entire congregation and community watching their every move. They are expected to have ideal families, to be perfect people, to always be available, to never be down and to have all the answers we need to keep our own lives stable and moving forward. Those are unrealistic expectations to place on anyone, yet most of us are disappointed when a pastor becomes overwhelmed, seems depressed, lets us down or completely burns out.

That’s why God has instructed us to recognize His servants.

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17).

The good news is that we can make a difference! Clergy Appreciation Month is one way we can counter the negative erosion in the lives of our spiritual leaders with the positive affirmation they need.

Don’t your pastors and their families deserve this kind of recognition? Do something about it today!

Dairy Free Grape Salad

grapesIt’s the holidays and I love a good fruit salad as a side or desert. Here’s a great one…

Ingredients:

4 lbs. red seedless grapes [I mix in green ones also for the color]

16 oz. Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese

8 oz. Tofutti Better than Sour Cream

1 cup pecans, chopped fine

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup or less brown sugar

Mix cream cheese, sour cream, half the nuts, and white sugar. Fold in grapes. Smooth into 9 x 13 dish. Mix remaining nuts and brown sugar [more or less than a cup according to your taste] Sprinkle over the top of grape mixture. Cover and refrigerate.

Monday Meet: One Act of Kindness

We never know when we perform an act of kindness to another, especially a stranger, what that act will lead to or what it might mean to that person. Here’s my story of one such act of kindness that changed my life.fall border redone

Without this person’s kindness, I am almost certain my writing career wouldn’t be.

It was a few years ago—probably 2009. I’d been writing for 14 long, long years—and no traditional book contracts. Anyway, I had sent out my latest book proposal to agents and publishers.

Several responded positively by wanting the full manuscript. Yay! A good sign that my writing was improving. More and more often, I would get requests for the full manuscript, but that was where it stopped. No offers to be my agent or publisher.

Just anothWTerryWhalinHeadShotMediumer dead end! Sigh!

Then I received an email from one agent, Terry Whalin, that he would be calling me. You can imagine my excitement. I was sure he was calling to offer to represent my book. Oh, my dream was almost a reality.

But I was wrong!

I ignored the sting of yet another rejection as he told me my writing wasn’t quite ready, but he had some suggestions for me. Terry told me if I was serious about my writing, I should join American Christian Fiction Writers.

So I did.

And what a blessing that turned out to be. I learned so much in a short period of time. And by December 2010, I had my first book contract! And two weeks later, a second one! And now, I’m up to contract number 7!

Talk about being grateful—my sixth traditionally-published book-REDEMPTION-was recently released, and I have a contract for a seventh and working on an eighth. Anyway, I can assure you I am one grateful writer. Each new contract and book is a cause for celebration!

And none of it would have happened without the act of kindness on Terry’s part to take the time to call me. I don’t know why he did, but I’m very glad for his act of kindness.

Thanks so much, Terry Whalin.

Contributed by Lillian Duncan

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. Tiaras & Tennis Shoes is her personal blog at www.lillian-duncan.com.

 

 

CURB TO CURVE: TIPS ON HOW TO CURB THE APPETITE

jenlhall63:

Here’s a great article!

Originally posted on Bunny Kitchen:

Appetite is both a psychological and physical phenomenon. Sometimes we eat for reasons like when we’re bored, stressed, tired, thirsty, or just because you “have to eat” other than our body needing nourishment. There are many weight loss programs and diet pills marketed as appetite suppressants; one such is the HCG diet available in many nutrition or health food stores online (should you consider this, make sure to purchase only from those with trusted HCG merchant account), but this should only be used under medical supervision because this could be dangerous for people with medical conditions.

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Holidays and Gluten-Free

pbChristina here. You can have a holiday menu that’s gluten-free. It just takes a little work. Anyway, today I’ll share my all time favorite Thanksgiving dessert. It’s been handed down through several generations.  Grandma Sexton was born Pearl Sabre Kelly in Plattsburg, Winston, Mississippi, November 1890. I don’t know where she got the recipe from, but it is the absolute best pie (if you like peanut butter) ever made, but I LOVE peanut butter. I’m addicted to peanut butter.

Grandma Sexton’s Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:

1 cup light corn syrup (Karo)

1 cup sugar

3 eggs (Mom recently discovered medium eggs work best)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (Gluten free)

1/3 cup peanut butter (make sure it’s not contaminated)

1 9″ pie shell (I’ve used Gluten Free Pantry, but I think I’ll try something else this year. Also, Mom makes me an individual pie in a small custard dish without the crust, so I’m sure you can make this crustless.)

Combine all ingredients. Pour into pie shell. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. While leaving the pie in the oven, reduce the temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 30 to 40 minutes more.