My Collection of Angels by A.J. Cattapan

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Please welcome author A.J. Cattapan who shares a few of her angels with us. And be sure to scroll down to find out details about her Facebook party to celebrate the launch of her new novel, Angelhood. We’re all invited!

My Collection of Angels

For anyone who’s read my newly released young adult novel Angelhood, it will probably come as no surprise that I collect angels. Not real angels, of course—although I like to think my real guardian angel is always near. Rather, I collect angel decorations. I’m not sure how or when it started. I know I was given a couple of those Willow Tree angel statues from a few different people, and they keep watch over my living room corner table.

And then there’s the blue and white throw I was given as a gift. It has the quintessential depiction of a guardian angel keeping watch over two little children crossing a bridge over a stream.IMG_4370

Teacher gifts seem to be wrought with angels, especially if you teach in a Christian school at Christmas time. I’ve got a little red angel with my name on it.

IMG_4156And I’ve got a round Christmas ornament with an angel on it. In fact, I think that may be the first angel ornament I received. Since then I’ve gathered quite a collection of them.

By the time I visited Germany in 2005, I must have had enough angel ornaments that I began to think of them as being like a little collection. Therefore, when we stopped in the little town of Rothenburg, Germany, and visited one of the largest Christmas shops in the world, I made it a point to pick out a pretty angel ornament.

After that trip, I began to shop for other angel ornaments as I continued to travel. In Bath, England, I picked up a pretty clear one.

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At the cathedral in Canterbury, England, I picked up a delicate white and clear angel.

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Just this past spring break in Guatemala, I picked up a hand-beaded little angel key ring that I’ll hang on my Christmas tree this year.

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It’s gotten to the point that I dedicate a whole section of my tree just to angel ornaments. What’s the attraction? I guess I’ve always been fascinated by them. They seem almost too good to be true. Sure, God loves us, and He’s always with us. But we get an angel, too? Bonus! And I guess I like having angel decorations around my home to remind me that they are always there, that God’s always keeping a loving eye out for me.

IMG_8231Meet A.J.

A.J. Cattapan is an author, speaker, and middle school English teacher living in the Chicago area. Her published works include the young adult novel Angelhood, a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade, and numerous short stories and articles in magazines for teens and children, including Highlights and Hopscotch for Girls. She will also be featured in a recipe and corresponding story anthology due out this summer.

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 You’re Invited to A.J.’s Facebook Party!

Interested in winning a copy of A.J. Cattapan’s Angelhood? She’s giving away copies of her book as well as other Christian young adult novels tonight at her Facebook party. Just click here (http://tinyurl.com/AngelhoodFacebookParty) to join the party. It runs tonight (April 30) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. CDT. Come for as little or as long as you’d like!

My Collection by Caryl McAdoo

Grami painting wallToday’s guest is novelist Caryl McAdoo whose multi-faceted and diverse collection has one thing in common–a color! Enjoy Caryl’s enthusiastic post and then share your favorite color with us.

My Collection by Caryl McAdoo

Since I can remember, my favorite color was green. As a child, my eyes were so green many strangers commented on them wherever I went, plus May is my birthday month making emeralds my birthstone. And for one more reason I can no longer use, money is green. Sounds too grubbing greedy to say that as an adult, so my newer third reason is that Spring is green and known for ‘new life’; Jesus said ‘I Am the Life”, so surrounding myself in green is like surrounding myself with Him. Much better, don’t you agree?

My car is green. My walls are green. My concrete floors are stained green with green rugs. My overstuffed chairs are green, and my couch has a green in its plaid. My lavatory bowl is green, as are my purses, appointment book, Kindle cover, smart phone, sun and reading glasses, hair and tooth brushes, hairclips, cookware, paring knife, throw pillows, lawn chair, rings, Bible and its cover, sweaters and coats, shoes, most dresses, skirts, and blouses—hey, I always match, and if I leave something somewhere, everyone knows if its green, it’s mine!—bags, rags, and towel, curtains, pens—I only write with green ink—oh, yes, my roof is green, too, and plastic storage containers, and my collection!

Green glass. I collected over 200 (my grandsugars counted) twenty years ago, and admit, I did slow down, but I’ve at least doubled that in all those years, all kinds of green glass: tiny, tall, thin, broad, vases, bottles, drinking glasses, cereal bowls, platters, birds, turtles, and snails. I have a green cat and rabbit, too. I started collecting green glass mostly because it’s green, but also because it’s sparkly, especially when it’s been dusted.

Green makes me joyful, calms me, is soothing and beautiful. Green glass items can be very useful as well as beautiful! Did I mention that I buy all my husband’s clothes, and so he has green in almost all his shirts, and we match, too!

He asked me once a long time ago, “Caryl, when is this green thing going to pass?”

“When I die,” I responded…but not really, God knows how much I love green, so no doubt about my mansion! 

01 LOresCaryl’s Latest Novel: Sing a New Song

The untimely death of her father shatters Mary Esther Robbins’ heart and separates her from her grade school best friend, Samuel Levi Baylor. During their twenty years apart, she fulfills her life’s dream of penning new songs and singing God’s praise with a Christian band, while he tends his growing cattle herd and shares the Good News at every opportunity.

The Lord brings her home then throws them back together when Samuel agrees to help Mary Esther move and remodel her childhood home. The two decades lost vanish, and their time together convinces both the other is the true soul mate. But misunderstanding and fear keeps them from expressing their true love. Though jealousy rears its ugly head, can love and commitment hold the two together? And while they’re both dedicated to ministering the Gospel together, can they do it as husband and wife?

PoloroidMeet Caryl

Simon & Schuster, Christian hybrid author, Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series: her historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; the contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; and ‘The Generations’, her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints and gardens. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.

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Scent from Heaven by Anita Higman

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We humans are like little memory machines, and the events of our lives are infused with powerful sensory details. We file this data away, but many times our memories will be triggered by a scent.

Which is why I love to go to the Macy’s perfume counter at the mall. I have a routine, you see. I stroll up to the counter, pick up a bottle of Youth Dew by Estee Lauder and breathe deeply. And then a miracle happens…

I remember my grandmother—Flossie Metzler.

As far as I know, that was the only perfume my grandmother ever used, so when I smell that wonderful scent I can go back into the past for just a few moments. I can recall the pleasant way Grandma used to chat with me. The way she never grew tired of playing round after round of board games with me. The way she always made up an Easter basket for me with lots of my favorite goodies. How she made the best homemade cherry cobbler I’ve ever eaten. How she made my birthday feel as if it were the most important day in the world. How she could make a summer evening on the outdoor glider—with a sprinkling of fireflies—into a magical moment. But most importantly, I can remember the way my grandmother cherished me and the way I truly loved her.

So, I really can get all of those beautiful remembrances out of a bottle of perfume?

Indeed.

Destiny FAC300 031014Meet Anita

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Please check out Anita’s latest novel on Amazon, A Question of Destiny. And drop by her website at www.anitahigman.com.

A Question of Destiny

Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten millions dollars.

Multi-millionaire, Ian Chalmers, has decided to give a portion of his wealth to Lucy because of her courageous and self-sacrificing lifestyle. With these sudden riches, Lucy is given a chance to rise above her meagre income and enter a whirling and glittering world of comfort and privilege. Since Ian is concerned that Lucy may struggle with this unexpected change in fortune, he hires his assistant—the solitary and stony Andrew Whitfield—to watch over Lucy as she adapts to her new way of life.

Will this windfall be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within Houston’s high society and choose to be a nobler version of herself? And will Andrew Whitfield cause her to close the door on her dreams, or is he the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?

A Collection of Friends by Jennifer A. Davids

Jen Cvelbar_-25There is no such thing as too many books.

There is such a thing as not enough shelf space.

Well said.

Yes, I am a lover and collector of books.

It started innocently enough. My elementary teacher told my mom I needed to read more so off we went to the local library. And there in that wonderful place with the creaky wooden floors and tightly packed shelves, I discovered a book. And not just any book, the book, the one each bibliophile recalls with perfect clarity as the one that made them fall in love with reading. For me it was Eddie and Gardenia by Carolyn Haywood. I read it from cover to cover and I don’t know how many times again afterward. I was hooked and, as it turned out, books became more than just a way to spend a rainy afternoon.

They became life preservers.

Just a few short years later, my parents divorced. At the tender age of ten, my world turned upside down. We moved and I started a new school. Being introverted and a bit socially awkward I desperately needed a safe place to go to escape.

Books.

While some of the tomes I chose to hide myself away in weren’t always the best choices, they did help me survive a very dark period of my life. When I walk into a bookstore or a library I don’t see bound bits of paper and ink sitting on the shelves.

I see friends.

And I couldn’t imagine life without them.

Do you remember your first book? What was it?

Buckeye Dreams

Buckeye Dreams CoverVisit Ohio in the latter half of the 1800s, when rebuilding the country also involves rebuilding lives stripped of hope. Katherine has lost her home, Adele has lost her husband, and Anne has lost her dreams. Can each have their joy restored in romances with men who are also deeply wounded by their own pasts? Find out in this inspiring three-book collection by author Jennifer A. Davids.

About Jennifer

Jennifer has been writing down stories since she got an A++ on her ninth grade creative writing assignment. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and a graduate of The Ohio State University, she makes room to write in between being a busy wife and mom and despite the fact her cat likes to lay in front of her keyboard.

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“My Collection” by Angela Briedenbach, Author of Snowflake Tiara

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A long time ago, when I was a small girl, I was given a little black kitten. I dubbed her Rosie because I’d just learned about African black roses. My little girl world wasn’t easy. In fact, it was really rough with a mentally ill mom and other family issues. That little kitten became my companion for eighteen years. I learned to soothe myself when I was sad or upset by playing with my kitten and training her. Cats are awesome pets who keep our blood pressure down and provide tons of entertainment.

Over the years I’ve found or been given several little cat statues. Some were worth a little bit of money like my Lladro/Nao ceramic figurines. But after about twenty-five years, I sold a few to finance a conference. My daughter noticed a few missing. It gave me the perfect opportunity to teach that though I loved my little collection, my dreams were worth much more than things. I’ve never regretted the decision.

I loved writing Jesus Kitty into Snowflake Tiara because it gave me the perfect place to put a little girl and a little kitty that helped her get through her rough times.

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The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach ~ 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But if her hidden indentured orphan is discovered, Calista’s reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, could both unravel. Will love or law prevail?

More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer ~ 2014 (Helena, MT): Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing in Miss Snowflake Pageant for the city of Helena’s 150th anniversary is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is Jase Mackie. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer her, not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?

Author Bio

Angela & co-author Valerie Comer

Angela & co-author Valerie Comer

Angela Breidenbach is a captivating speaker, coach, and the author of Snowflake Tiara, A Healing Heart, April 2013 from Abingdon Press in the Quilts of Love series, Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life (women’s Bible study & small group book), Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance, and Creative Cooking for Colitis. She is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach. She’s owned by #Muse, the dog-like cat, whose antics can be found at his own A-Muse-ings blog interviewing pets as they dish up celebrity owners or giving Muse Reviews as the most well-read cat in the world.

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