• Introducing Eleanor Bertin ~ A Mosaic Collection Author

    The Mosaic Collection is an international group of authors dedicated to sharing stories that feature diverse God-designed families. Our contemporary novels include mystery and suspense, comedy, romance, and women’s fiction.

    I’m excited to be part of this amazing group of talented authors. And thrilled to introduce you to Eleanor Bertin, the author of Pall of Silence: My Journey from Tragedy to Trust (memoir) and Lifelines (novel).

    Eleanor’s dream of writing was crowded out by homeschooling a houseful of children for 25 years. But now, she and her husband live with their youngest son, who has Down syndrome, amidst the ongoing renovation of a century-home in central Alberta. 

    Do you have a life verse?

    I love the magnificence of God revealed in Deuteronomy 32:4: “Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

    Do you have personal experiences with any of the events in your stories? 

    I find people endlessly fascinating, so I never have to spin characters out of nothing; I only have to alter and disguise them from real life. In fact, there’s a little of me in each of my characters, including the villains! (Not proud of that, but it’s the truth.)

    In my first novel, Lifelines, the young woman regretting her abortion is largely taken from my experience listening to a friend. Of course, almost every scene about Jesse, the character with Down syndrome, is borrowed from my experiences with my son, Timothy, or other families with a member who has DS.

    From my upcoming novel, Unbound, the experience of grief closely reflects the loss of my son Paul in 2012, while the setting is the beloved Alberta ranch lands where I live.

    How has God come through for you in difficult circumstances? 

    Raising seven children, all girls except six, meant I was often thrown at the foot of the cross, begging for wisdom and patience and grace. The two most painful seasons of my life have been times of a child’s rebellion and the death of one son. But the way God revealed His love and mercy and the wonder of His grace through scripture during those times has been my anchor.

    What hobbies do you enjoy? 

    Since I learned to read, I’ve loved being transported to another world through books. I also love colour and design, so interior decorating, quilting, and flower and landscape gardening give me great satisfaction. Also, chocolate.

    Have you experienced any setbacks in your walk with Christ? 

    A couple of years ago, I discovered my heart was growing cold to things of the Lord. Doubts and cynicism, like barnacles, were hardening my soul. Surprisingly, it was reading through a 500-year-old, thousand-page theology text that drew my heart back to a deeper love and devotion to Christ. So, I’m a big proponent of essential theology – it’s practical and faith-building!

    Have you ever had a prayer go (seemingly?) unanswered this side of heaven? 

    Yes. There is a prayer I know for certain will never be answered until glory: ‘Lord, please save my son!’ Yet despite the uncertainty surrounding his life and death, God has given me enough of Himself through scripture, that I (the queen of doubt) am able to fully trust in His mercy and power to bring sinners to repentance. I believe Paul is with Jesus, because I trust in the Almighty’s power to save.

    To learn more about Eleanor and her books, please visit her website.

    You’re also invited to join the Mosaic Collection Readers Group on Facebook where you’ll find amazing graphics plus free downloads, including these bookmarks and a Happy Birthday banner, and a community of delightful women whose hearts embrace God’s timeless truths.

  • Resort to Romance Giveaway Extravaganza

    Welcome to WEEK 10 of the 10 Weeks of Romance Giveaways!

    Ten of some of the best authors in the inspirational and sweet romance genres are hosting a 10 Weeks of Romance Giveaway to celebrate their new Resort to Romance series! 

    It’s Matchmaking Week at an all-inclusive resort on a private island in the Bahamas. Each guest has been expertly paired and is here to enjoy one full week with their match. While there’s no money-back guarantee on the paid trip, the participants are guaranteed to find love!

    Each week beginning Tuesday, February 19ththrough the week of Tuesday, May 7th, a new book by a new author in the series will release, and you have the chance to win one, some, or the grand prize which includes all ten novellas plus a $150 Amazon gift card!

    Here’s how it works: Register at the rafflecopter below. We’ll randomly select a winner each Tuesday. And the great thing about this giveaway is the books build with every author’s new release! That means your entries roll over each week all the way up the grand prize.

    This week’s prize is: Match You Like Crazy by Johnnie Alexander.

    They have everything in common. So why aren’t they a perfect match?

    Bre Fisher wishes she’d said no when her grandmother gave her a trip to Matchmaking Week, especially when Nate Hunter takes the seat beside her on the puddle-jumper to Joy Island. He’s the last person she expected to see.

    Nate figures he might as well not go home if Bre is his match. The longstanding business rivalry between their families makes romance with a Fisher impossible.

    Yet in addition to the same family expectations and obligations, Bre and Nate have the same interests ~ maybe even the same dream. 

    Will a week on Joy Island spark another feud? Or prove they’re a crazy perfect match? 

    Enter Now!

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  • Resort to Romance

    Escape the winter blahs with ten fun and flirty romances all set during one falling-in-love week in the Bahamas!

    The novellas release one week at a time beginning February 19th. Pre-order links coming soon.

  • Goodreads Reading Challenge

    I participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the first time in 2015 with a goal of 50 books. I read 54.

    My goal for 2016 was 60 books. I did it!

    I upped the goal to 65 books for 2017 and read 70. So I set my goal at 70 books for 2018 and read 71.

    This year, I’m cutting back to 35 books because a few of those novels will be selected from the 100 Essential Novels poster my sister gave me for my birthday last year. Many are considered classics and may take longer to read.

    I’m also cutting back on my reading goals because I’ll be writing more than usual this year. (One novella and three novels plus starting a fourth!)

    The first two books on the 100 Essential Novels list are Don Quixote and Robinson Crusoe. I’ve read both those books before and have no plans to read either one ever again.

    The third book is Pride and Prejudice. I’ve read it several times but it’s a favorite. So it’s the first book I’ll be reading this year.

    What about you? Will you join the Goodreads Reading Challenge? What books do you plan to read this year?