It's in the House: Lessons from a Widow Woman - Getting What You Need & More!
By Michelle Word Hollis
About the Book:
In this book you will discover the powerful lessons, from the Biblical story of the Widow's Oil, that will help you overcome any difficulty you are currently facing. You will learn easy to implement strategies that will cause positive transformation in your thoughts and actions.
The lessons are based upon Biblical principles that you can use daily for successful living. God has given us a blueprint in His Word that will help us build a grand life no matter where we are currently in life.
The principles contained in these pages have withstood the test of time; they are universal truths! The lessons and principles are simple to understand, as well as, implement for those who would dare try and keep trying. Making a lasting permanent change does take time, practice, and patience, but you can do it!
Michelle Word Hollis is a native of St. Louis, Mo. She is a wife and a mother. She received her undergraduate degree from SIUE and her MBA from UOP. Michelle is a life long learner and enjoys many other personal pursuits.
Michelle is a new author, but she has been writing privately for many years. Michelle's Pearlable Woman book series will explore spirituality, family, life, and love. In the series, she will share lessons that have stood the test of time. These lessons are pearls of wisdom from the lives of Biblical women that can be applied to our contemporary lives.
Five men and two Elven princes
have embarked upon a quest: to save a sister from the wasteland of the Great
Winter where she is held in the clutches of a Monster Lord who all believe
brought desecration and ruin to the once glorious kingdom of Trevelyan. It is a
land where hideous creatures and madness prey upon the careless, a land where
faerie magic has taken an evil turn. For fifty years, no man or ally of men has
been safe beyond the Cranreuch Plain.
Belle's choice leads them all to discover the truth.
rescuing her might come at a cost no one expects -- and from an evil no one but
a princely beast and the faeries of Evensong ever anticipated.
Combining the most fun of several genres and
fairy tales, Musch’s latest novel for all readers adds a new twist to the tale
of Beauty and the Beast. A ruined,
widowed father makes a terrible decision in order to save the rest of his
family. His daughter Belle, one of his six children, is loved by all except her
two sisters. Their vanity and jealousy rises to a horrible level of selfishness
that may ruin not just the family but the world as they know it.
When a prince is cursed by an evil faery queen,
the spell is only gentled by a promise of true love. The prince is turned
outwardly into a hideous beast and the land around the legendary kingdom of
Trevelyan turned into perpetual winter. The prince believes he has found true
love, but must convince the woman he has exchanged for her father’s life to
return that love. Meanwhile, the young woman, Belle, becomes enraptured with a
dream of the love of a young and handsome prince whose portrait and diaries she
Granted a leave to return to care for her ailing
father, Belle is able to convince him he is well. When the leave is over, she must
decide whether or not to return to her captor. However, the choice is taken
from her when the means of return vanishes. Even as she learns her brothers’
search for her has led them to the Beast’s palace, she prays her delay will
cause no lasting harm.
As with every good fairy tale, the ends justify
the means and the moral of the story teaches us that sometimes what we wish for
isn’t what’s best for us. Well done story. Told from multiple viewpoints with
enjoyable humor and suitable angst for most readers.
About the Author:
Naomi Musch loves stories rich in American
history, but writes in several other genres as well. Naomi's aim is to surprise
and entertain readers while telling stories about imperfect people who are
finding hope and faith to overcome their struggles, whether the setting is
past, contemporary, or even fantastic.
and husband Jeff have five adult children, and enjoy epic adventures with them
around their home in the Wisconsin woods. She invites readers to say hello and
find out more about her stories, passions, and other writing venues at
http://www.naomimusch.com or look her up on Facebook (Naomi Musch - Author) and
Sweet romance author Gail Pallotta has some thoughtful questions about my
character, Grace Runyon, who is the heroine in Healing Grace, a paranormal inspirational romance. Before I tell
you about Grace, let's talk a little about Gail, and her great teen mystery, Stopped Cold.
Award-winning author Gail Pallotta is
a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, Stopped
Cold, was a best-seller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the
Preditors and Editors readers’ poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace
She loves beach sunsets and
getting together with friends and family. She’s been a Sunday school teacher, a
swim-team coordinator and an after-school literary instructor. A former
regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won
Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book,
She’s published short stories in Splickety
magazine and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. Some of her published
articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. She's also my friend and personal cheerleader, accountability and critique partner who's signed a new contract you'll just have to watch for.
Teen Margaret McWhorter, a freshman
in high school in Mistville, North Carolina, enjoys flirting with her first
romantic interest, swimming and hanging out with friends. Then her brother,
Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now, he's lying unconscious in a
hospital. Margaret's angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a football star,
but a fire of hate burns inside her to find the criminals. While she, her
heartthrob and best friend look for them, she calls on her Christian faith,
asking God to cure Sean, heal the hate and open her heart to love.
Thanks, Gail, for asking about my
contemporary heroine Grace Runyon, a wounded soul who’s trying to run from her
troubles and start life over, only to find that God has followed her, and that
she’s not going to allowed to hide or to forget about her very special gifts.
Meet Grace, a mysterious woman who shows up and buys a house in a little
tucked-away community in Michigan.
1. What is the name of your character? Grace Runyon
2. When and where is the story set? Healing
Grace is a contemporary fiction, billed paranormal romance by the
publisher, MuseItUp. The story is set mainly in the fictional community of East
Bay, Michigan, fruit growing country.
3. What should we know about her? Grace has lost her entire immediate family—oh,
not all at once, but in lumps and bumps, and a slow oozing over the past few
years. This loss from a woman who is known to be able to fix anyone, left her
heartbroken and lost, full of self-doubt and self-recrimination.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up her life? Grace can’t seem to get
far enough away from herself. She’d been gifted with an incredible talent in
medicine that’s more than an uncanny ability, it’s empathy in its most virtual
form. No one can explain it, and Grace certainly has never questioned it, until
her husband got sick, and nothing made him better. Whose fault was it? Hers?
God’s? Determined to get away from anything medical, Grace runs...right into
another situation that may demand more of her than she can give. It takes a
sick man and his little boy to make her face and confront her demons, even if
it costs her life.
5. What is the personal goal of this character? Grace must accept who and
Whose she is, whether in this life or the next. Ted, and his little boy Eddy,
would much prefer to love her in this life. But is that possible? Either Ted or
Grace must put his or her life on the line to save the other. Grace is confronted
with what seems to be an impossible situation, where giving up or giving in are
her only options. Facing the pain of herself may cost more than she thinks she
6. Can we read more about Healing Grace?
Sure, there’s an excerpt you can check out on my website, here, at this link.
7. When will it be available?Healing Grace, the second edition with the lovely golden leaves on
the cover, is currently available in electronic format, and coming in print
this fall from MuseItUp, Canada. Look for the ebook here at Amazon, the publisher, Barnes and Noble.
Now, how can you not stop and ask about this intriguing title?
Lisa: Lindsey, tell us about the book.
Lindsey: Lots of us
make lists - some of us, like Rebecca, draw up lots of different lists. There's
the daily 'To Do' list, the carefully researched 'Wish List' and the 'Bucket
List'. They are a safety net for our overloaded memories. In 'The Wish List
Addiction' I wanted to explore what would happen if those lists were taken away
and Rebecca was forced to live life 'as it comes'.
meet Rebecca, it's when her life is at an all time low. Everything has gone
wrong and she is clutching the edge of sanity by her fingernails. Her obsession
with list-making has not led to a happier life at all, in fact they were a
catalyst for most of her difficulties. So, at the beginning of the story, her
friends challenge her to 'ditch the lists' and instead pursue her life in a
more random, 'dip in/dip out' choice of activities, without the safety net of
lists - the story is about how those golden coins of happiness can be found in
the randomness of life, away from the rigid, tightly controlled organisation of
her former existence.
Lisa: What do you hope readers will tell other readers?
readers will identify with Rebecca's struggles and cheer for her success from
the sidelines. I also hope that the novel encourages readers to consider their
own 'wish lists' and maybe take a peek at 'The Little Green Book of Wishes'
consistently advised that happiness lies not in the amassing of monetary gain but
in the connections we make and sustain with others. 'The Little Green Book'
does not advocate that you draw up a finite list of things to do before you
reach a certain age or event and then you can die happy in the knowledge that
your dreams have been achieved. Far from it - it's too stressful by half! The
risk is that in the strenuous pursuit of one goal and the satisfaction of
striking it from your list to move headlong on to the next, the Wish List
Addict becomes oblivious to the fact that real life rushes by alongside -
exactly what happened to Rebecca.
The back cover:
Mathews is a Listoholic—you name it, she has a 'To Do' list for it. Coupled
with her daily 'Must Achieve' List, she possesses a mid-term, creatively drawn
'Wish List' and an exhaustively-researched 'Bucket List'. But so far, they have
delivered nothing but spectacular failure.
With her much-loved career exploded in her face, her marriage terminated in an
acrimonious divorce and her frail father's pleas to return to her native Northumberland
ignored, Rebecca concludes that if it wasn't for her beloved four-year-old son,
Max, she would be adding a trip to a Swiss clinic to her list.
A sparkle of light appears in Rebecca's life wrapped in the guise of 'The
Little Green Book of Wishes', which challenges the reader to 'ditch the list'
and instead to use its gems of wisdom as a 'dip in/dip out' lucky bag of
challenges from all areas of life.
Persuaded by her colleagues to relinquish her obsessive reliance on her
multiple lists, cast adrift from their reassuring structure, she agrees to
complete random tasks selected for her from the 'little emerald book of
Will it deliver the desired result and cure Rebecca of her Wish List
From the Publisher: While grieving
the death of her eccentric nana, Sarah discovers an unexpected gift. She soon
grows dependent on the heirloom, a little box, for comfort and guidance.
Feeling restless and needing a change, Sarah accepts a job as a traveling
hospice nurse and ends up in the quaint, historical town of Camden, South
Carolina. Although she loves caring for her patients, loneliness creeps in and
threatens to take root. Eventually she opens herself to new friendships, and
two remarkable yet vastly differing men compete for her attention. Nate is a
true Southerner with a sarcastic wit and genuine warmth, while Dr. Joseph
Thornton is a caring oncologist who is known as the best catch in the state.
Facing heart-wrenching trials, the faith of her childhood is all but shattered.
In spite of this, Sarah seeks comfort from her box and is determined to cling
to Nana’s godly legacy. But when a mysterious stranger appears with devastating
news, can her cherished box continue to provide answers or will Sarah realize
her life has been based on nothing but lies?
Just Over the Horizon
is a sweet romance with a couple of great twists. The author follows the genre
faithfully with the romantic couple meeting early in the story under quirky
circumstances, there’s a rival, and there are conflicts which keep them apart.
The great twists happen with advice from Sarah’s past, and biggest conflict is
in Nate’s past. I also love that the story was allowed to progress past the
natural happily ever ending to the wedding and beyond a year. It felt natural
and although there wasn’t a problem that forced the couple to reexamine their
relationship and themselves, there was a serious issue that Sarah shouldn’t
have faced alone. This issue certainly could have been handled before the
wedding to create that evaluating issue and may have made the structure of the
story more typical genre romance, but that’s a problem in itself—typical genre
romance. Sometimes it's nice to break out.
Sarah is a hospice nurse, a career
I admire from a great distance. The author writes based on her own chosen
career, and the details makes the character realistic. If you have trouble with
end of life issues, this story may be difficult for you. It certainly isn’t
easy for Sarah, and her grandmother, the woman who raised her, helps Sarah with
sage advice left in an old recipe box before. At times it started to feel as
though Sarah was relying on this advice to guide her, though it never fell into the
realm of spiritism. Even Nate came to appreciate the wisdom of Sarah’s
grandmother, and they were both blessed and comforted. The advice was sprinkled
with life lessons that Grandmother shared while raising Sarah.
If I’d read this book at any other
time in my life, I would have thought, oh, it’s just a sweet story. Like it,
move on. But I recently became a grandmother and my greatest desire is to leave
a lasting impression on my grandchildren that is positive and loving, joyful, and godly
wise. The life lessons and teachable moments are ones that I hope to build
upon, so I’ll definitely be reading this book again and looking for more
stories from this author.
My friend Pearl Nsiah-Kumi, who is a multi-published Christian Author, has put together an inspiring book for us, Get On Board and Stay On Board. It is a collection of poems, short articles and short Bible studies based on scripture, to encourage non-Christians to place their faith in Jesus, and also to support Christians to have a closer relationship with God and be ready for eternal life in Heaven!