Recommended Books

This page offers insight into new books that might be of interest to those who like this website. I will feature books from friends and also from my publisher, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.


LoMD Loch Duich

Land of My Dreams is on sale!

Contemporary Inspirational Women’s Fiction

Scotland ~ Two broken hearts ~ A mighty God


September 8, 2014

Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski. It’s impossible not to, what withChapel Springs Revival CSR Cover Claire’s zany antics and Patsy’s self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds.During an early morning discussion at Dees ‘n’ Doughs bakery with their ladies group, all Chapel Springs entrepreneurs, attention is drawn to the slackened tourist trade. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to address the town’s revitalization in hopes of drawing back the tourists. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages.

Claire, a pottery artist, stumbles through life with her foot in her mouth. When she became a Christian, she thought life and her marriage would be included in the new creation part. But her thighs are just as big and her husband, Joel, is as ornery as ever. She’s become nothing more than a sheet-changer, a towel-folder, a pancake-flipper. Her life is humdrum and she’s tired of being taken for granted.

Patsy has plans for her empty nest, plans that include a cruise ship. However, her husband, Nathan, continues to work long hours, and he’s not talking about slowing down. In fact, he’s not talking much at all. She’s asleep long before he comes home each night. At first she thought it was just because of tax season, but now she’s not so sure. Something other than work seems to keep him late at the office every night. With the lines of communication closed, she’ll have to find another way to reach him.

With their marriages as much in need of restoration as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.



NEW Release this week: A Christmas Prayer- Linda Rondeau
A Christmas Prayer
A year after learning of a son s existence, Country music legend, Ethan Jacobs returns to Jasper Falls, a place of bitter memories, to help the his twelve-year-old autistic child, given up for adoption at birth. Orphaned after the death of his adoptive parents, the boy is at risk of institutionalization due to probation violations and alleged inadequate guardianship of his current caregiver, an older, adoptive sister. In view of his son s delicate emotional state, the court advises Ethan to keep his relationship to Gib secret for now. As far as Jasper Falls knows, Ethan is in town to perform a Christmas benefit, although he longs to tell the world his current hit single, A Christmas Prayer, was inspired by a son he has yet to meet. Ethan s intent was to rescue Gib. Instead, his presence seems to complicate the child s life even more. Does God have a different plan for Gib no one has considered?
Everlasting Light-  Andrea Boeshaar (Christmas Novella/Romance) A Civil War Holiday Romance With a Southern Flair

Everlasting Light







New for Christmas – available for pre-order in paperback on Amazon! only $8.96

The First Christmas Carol


The First Christmas Carol by Marianne Jordan





$8.96 in paperback on Amazon!

Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries


Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries by Kathy Miller





$.99 on Amazon Kindle, Thursday Nov. 8th!

Fatal Transaction by Richard Lawrence is $3.00 on Amazon Kindle this week!

Fatal Transaction


Sara, an expert computer hacker, knows better than to trust anyone certainly not the powerful and crooked business mogul for whom she works. But there is no future for the life of a thief. Determined to find a way out, Sara devises a scheme to double-cross her employer and steal millions through one final fatal transaction.

Desperate and on the run, she finds temporary sanctuary with the mysterious Derry Conway. As the FBI closes in and her former associates seek revenge, Sara tries to escape but finds all avenues blocked. Trapped, she sees only one road out Derry must take the fall and pay for her crimes. But will it work? Is her freedom more important than the life of an innocent man? Or will Sara make the ultimate sacrifice to save those she cares about?


Only $.99 on Amazon Kindle!

Free Nov. 7th & 8th on Amazon Kindle!

Our Authentic Selves: Reflections on What We Believe & What We Wish We Believed (Christian Spiritual Growth)
Our Authentic Selves

Free November 7th on Kindle!

Up to Know Good

Know Good. Do Good. Feel Good. Up to Know Good: Daily Inspirations: 150 refreshing encounters with a relevant God offers power-packed devotions. Each story includes a photograph, “do good” idea, scripture, prayer, and suggested Bible reading. Discover the fun of being Up To Know Good and see God at work in your everyday life as you put truth into action.

About the Author

Sara Schaffer is a passionate follower of Jesus, wife and mom. With a BA and background in Music Education, Sara educates and entertains her audiences through inspirational speaking, writing and music. Currently she is a Substitute Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship in Boulder, Colorado. Contact Sara to speak at your event or find her blog and music at:


Free 11/5 – 11/7 on Amazon Kindle!

Cheesehead Devotional


“The Cheesehead Devotional is a great adventure for those who may not pick up a Bible for guidance.” ~ Sara White, wife of the late Reggie White

“I have always believed the Packers were religion in these parts. The Cheesehead Devotional brings that spiritual message to life.” ~ Wayne Larrivee, American sportscaster and current play-by-play announcer for the Green Bay Packers

“I am certain you will love this little book. Judy has captured the true heart of a Christian Packer fan!” ~ Rev, Arni Jacobson

New book from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas! $3.95 on Kindle!

Fields of the Fatherless

In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered? Based on a true story.

October 22, 2013

Amanda’s Beau by Shirley Raye Redmond just released today! $2.99 on Amazon Kindle!

Amandas Beau






From one of my fellow members of New Mexico Christian Novelists a new release:

The year is 1905. It is autumn in the village of Aztec in New Mexico territo-ry. Amanda Dale is burdened with the responsibility of caring for her widowed sis-ter—an invalid—-and Ella’s two children—one a premature infant. But Amanda wants a husband and children of her own and despairs that God does not care about her plight. Schoolteacher Gil Gladney is handsome, intelligent, and God-fearing. He is drawn to Amanda, but feels he cannot propose marriage until he is able to purchase the ranch he has been saving for.

When Gil and his pupils discover the relics of an ancient culture among the ruins outside the village, Gil contacts an old college friend. The possibility of an archeological excavation excites the community of cash-strapped farmers, eager to earn extra money working on the site.
Gil is delighted when Nate Phillips comes to Aztec to take up the challenge. When a rabid skunk reels through the excavation site, threatening the lives of Amanda and her nephew Rex, Gil realizes that life is short and the possibility of true happiness can be fleeting. In the end, Amanda learns to trust God to provide the happily-ever-after ending she’s been praying for.

For the week of October 14th:

One Size Fits All: Making Healthy Choices, Stepping Into a Meaningful Life of Stress(less) Living (The Healthy Woman – Health, Fitness & Dieting for Those Struggling With Beauty & Fashion Issues)

One Size Fits All


$2.99 on Amazon Kindle!





We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage And Ten Things You Can (Christian Spiritual Growth)

We All Married Idiots


$3.00 on Amazon Kindle!




This week I want to spotlight some of the books put out by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Up to Know Good by Sara Schaffer is only $2.99 on Amazon:

Up to Know Good






150 refreshing encounters with a relevant God offers power-packed devotions. Each story includes a photograph, “do good” idea, scripture, prayer, and suggested Bible reading. Discover the fun of being Up To Know Good and see God at work in your everyday life as you put truth into action.


Also $2.99 this week, is Teaching Diamonds in the Tough by Cleo Lampos






Finding the potential in problematic students is challenging regardless of the setting: public school, private school, church clubs, youth groups, or Sunday school. In her book, Teaching Diamonds in the Tough, author Cleo Lampos reminds the reader on each page that every teacher possesses the power to shape a child s future.

Through illustrative episodes drawn from her teaching experiences, Lampos recreates the struggles, triumphs, and heartbreaks inherent in education. Undergirded with the belief that even the most incorrigible child can change if given affection, attention, and guidance, the author inspires educators with story, Scripture, quotes, and a suggested action plan. The challenge, according to Lampos, is to look beyond the rough exteriors of a student s attitude and behavior to their inner needs. Underneath may be a true Diamond in the Tough.


 Open Your Hymnal Again by Denise Loock.

Open Your Hymnal Again


Do you ever catch yourself singing a song in church without paying attention to the words? Open Your Hymnal Again is another collection of hymnal devotions that transport the wisdom of classic hymns and gospel songs into the twenty-first century.

Giving God glory, honor, and thanks nourishes our souls and invigorates our faith. For centuries hymn writers have exalted God’s sovereignty and splendor in their lyrics. With biblical insights and practical applications, the 31 devotions in Open Your Hymnal Again use the worship models of hymns and gospel songs to awaken a fresh wonder for God in your heart. Open Your Hymnal Again and worship with me.

Introduce yourself to the rich spiritual heritage that hymnals contain or gain a new perspective on songs you’ve sung since childhood. Whether you sing in the choir loft, the worship team, or the pew, the refreshing biblical insights in this book will enhance your appreciation of the words you sing every time you open a hymnal.








Best Season Yet by Rebecca Trittipoe

Best Season Yet
Praise for Best Season Yet: 12 Weeks to Train: Athlete s Edition
Find a game plan to keep the “main thing the main thing.” This book is about more than great performance; it’s about encouraging others to be great people— fulfilling their God-given purpose for life! ~ Jimmy Page Vice President of Field Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)An exceptional book written by an exceptional athlete, coach, guide, wife, mom,and person.~ Carey Green, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, Liberty UniversityBest Season Yet: 12 Weeks to Train is a wonderful resource for
teams or individual athletes looking for a concise tool to help
focus the spiritual and mental components of their season. ~ Chris Anderson
National Director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Endurance Ministry (FCA)

Purple Moon by Tessa Emily Hall

Purple Moon


Selena’s life isn’t turning out to be the fairy tale she imagined as a kid.That hope seemed to vanish long ago when her dad kicked her and her mom out of the house. This summer might finally hold the chance of a new beginning for Selena … but having to live with her snobby cousin in Lake Lure, NC while waiting for her mom to get out of rehab wasn’t how Selena was planning on spending her summer. She soon begins to wonder why she committed to give up her “bad habits” for this.Things don’t seem too bad, though. Especially when Selena gains the attention of the cute neighbor next door. But when her best friend back home in Brooklyn desperately needs her, a secret that’s been hidden from Selena for years is revealed, and when she becomes a target for one of her cousin’s nasty pranks, she finds herself having to face the scars from her past and the memories that come along with them. Will she follow her mom’s example in running away, or trust that God still has a fairy tale life written just for her?

About the Author

Tessa Emily Hall is a 19-year-old who has been penning stories since before she could read. She is an editor for Temperance Magazine and writes her own column, Teen Talk With Tessa, for Whole Magazine. Tessa resides in South Carolina and is currently working toward her degree in English. She is also a coffee-addict, music-lover, book-worm, and has a passion for youth ministry, especially in the area of the written word. Tessa owns a blog, ChristIsWrite(dot)blogspot(dot)com, where she posts weekly with devotions for teens, book reviews, writing tips, and more.

Prairie Grace by Marilyn Bay Wentz:

Prairie Grace






Thomas had read Gray Wolf’s face well. “It’s not your fault, son. Remember when I told you we can’t blame an entire people for the mistakes of one?” While the eastern half of the United States is embroiled in Civil War to end slavery, military and political leaders in 1864 Colorado Territory strive to enslave the Native American population they see as impeding settlement. Prairie Grace portrays this clash of cultures through real people, Georgia MacBaye, a throw-caution-to-the-wind frontierswoman, and Gray Wolf, a Cheyenne brave who is thrown into the white world when his uncle, Chief Lean Bear, leaves him on the MacBaye doorstep in hopes that Georgia’s mother, a well-known healer, will be able to save his life. Despite the hostilities perpetrated by both the U.S. military and Native renegades, there are individuals from both the white and Native populations that speak reason and deal honorably with each other—including Thomas, Georgia’s father, whose ultimate sacrifice brings Gray Wolf to understand grace in a profound way. Destined to be enemies, Georgia and Gray Wolf battle their own and society’s prejudices as they strive to carve out their futures. Packed with history, fast moving and believable, Prairie Grace is a heartbreaking tale of our nation’s past.



When You Come Home by Nancy Cavin Pitts

When You Come Home

About the Book: The war claimed Daphne Kelley’s young husband’s life, but it couldn’t keep Raymond – and his abiding love – from being with her when she needed him most. First glimpsed in Tom Brokaw’s landmark bestseller, The Greatest Generation, the true-life love story of Daphne and Raymond Kelley went far deeper than Brokaw’s feature could reveal. Now When You Come Home provides the complete account of what New York Times book reviewer Michael Lind cited as “perhaps the most compelling” love story in Brokaw’s book. Taking its title from a poem newlywed Daphne sent her soldier husband during World War II, When You Come Home tells of their young love in the heartland at the brink of war, and of the crushing uncertainty and fear as they find themselves a world apart. And when the poem comes back to Daphne – blood-stained by Raymond’s mortal wounds – When You Come Home shares the extraordinary event that restores the grieving young widow’s faith in the transcendent power of love.





Changing Zip Codes by Carol Stratton

Changing Zipcodes

About the book: When your entire life drives off in a moving van, it’s easy for doubts to flood your mind. Will I ever be organized again? Will I find good friends? Will my children like their new school? Carol Stratton has experienced twenty-two moves and counsels others seeking stability in a culture of change. InChanging Zip Codes, Carol helps readers explore the fun of new possibilities, the magic of new friendships, and the excitement of fresh starts. With humorous stories and biblical insights, Carol reminds us God is in the midst of every move, leading us to new beginnings.




The Maze by Jason Brannon

The MazeA near death experience transports Jamie Burroughs into The Maze, a realm every bit as peculiar as Lewis Caroll’s Wonderland, yet engineered with the moral intent of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia. B

uilt by angels and demons and filled with traps and riddles, The Maze gives whoever enters a face-to-face encounter with their sins. For Jamie, The Maze becomes a terrifying journey through a world of darkness where his soul and the lives of those he loves hangs in the balance. With his family in danger and his soul in peril, Jamie is forced to reevaluate the kind of man he truly is as he struggles to escape The Maze before it s too late.



God’s Provision in Tough Times – 25 True Stories of God s Provision During Unemployment and Financial Despair

By La-Tan Murphy and Cynthia Howerter

About the Book:  Are you in the midst of tough times? Perhaps you’re unemployed, underemployed, or having financial difficulties that leave you feeling hopeless and helpless. Do you question if God is aware of your circumstances? Are you wondering if there is a way out of your situation?
Cynthia Howerter and La-Tan Roland Murphy have both experienced God’s provision in tough times. Along with guest writers, they candidly share their own personal stories of unemployment and financial despair.
You will find encouragement and hope as you read each story. Like you, many of these writers have lost their income, savings, homes, and health insurance. Some have found themselves on public assistance while others faced homelessness. Their faith and trust was refined and strengthened as God provided a successful path through their tough times.
Each writer’s personal story demonstrates the power of God who knows exactly what you are going through and who promises to care for those who put their faith and trust in Him. 
God’s Provision in Tough Times includes personal accounts by guest writers Alycia W. Morales, Beth K. Fortune, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cecil Stokes, Dan Walsh, Deborah Raney, Dee Dee Parker, Eddie Jones, Eva Marie Everson, Felicia Bowen Bridges, James L. Rubart, Ramona Richards, Roger E. Bruner, Tamara D. Fickas, and Torry Martin.

Excellent reading for your mid-age kids from the head of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas:

The Caden Chronicles, Book 2: Skull Creek Stakeout by Eddie Jones

Skull Creek Stakeout
The good news is, vampires aren’t real. The bad news is…you can’t believe the news.
Nick Caden is a normal fourteen-year-old kid with a “supernatural” knack for finding trouble, ghosts, vampires, and all sorts of undead–or so it seems.After solving the ghost story murder at Deadwood Canyon, Nick lands a job as a roving reporter for The Cool Ghoul Gazette, a website on paranormal or supernatural disturbances. When the editor sends Nick to investigate a murder in Transylvania, North Carolina, the young super sleuth finds a corpse with fangs, bite marks and a stake driven through the heart. If Nick proves vampires are real, his job as an investigative journalist is set for life! But once he begins to peel back the clues surrounding the mystery of Skull Creek Nick finds his new job is not only scary and dangerous but about to suck the life out of him.The Skull Creek Stakeout – a story middle-readers and adults can sink their teeth into.

Also by Eddie Jones, The Caden Chronicles, Book 1: Dead Man’s Hand

Dead Man's Hand
A Christian ghost story, reminiscent of a Hardy Boys mystery.

New Sheets: Thirty Days to Refine You into the Woman You Can Be, Devotionals for Women Recovering from Separation, Divorce and Loss  by Cindy Sproles

New Sheets
Need to change your husband? Change your sheets. Want to change jobs? Change your sheets. Long for a new life? Just change your sheets.God uses our life experiences to shape us. When the friction of frustration chaffs the skin, God offers us respite and rest. For author Cindy Sproles, sleeping on worn-out sheets meant holding on to the past, but new sheets…new sheets marked a fresh start. The slate wiped clean. Crisp. Fresh. New. With each monumental event in her life, she tossed out the old and ushered in the new with a set of fresh new sheets. From the cheapest muslin to the most expensive Egyptian cotton, she saw how God was shaping her into the woman she needed to be.When the road is tough, veer off and step onto a path that is tried and true. One already walked, already blazed, and already prepared just for you. New Sheets – Thirty Days to Refine You into the Woman You Can Be, is a series of thirty transparent devotions and inspirational thoughts that welcome you, wrap you tight and snuggle you in encouragement. Perfect for women recovering from separation, divorce and lossThe next time you long for a change…go for new sheets.

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