Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#Winter #Solstice

The winter Solstice falls on December 21 this year, which marks the beginning of winter. It is the shortest day of the year, and on this date at the North Pole the sun never rises. As a sun-lover I always take note of the winter Solstice since every day thereafter, the days get imperceptibly longer until the summer Solstice. So, don’t lament the short day, celebrate the fact that it only gets better from here. Happy Solstice!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Edinburgh, Scotland

No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a trip to the city’s famous castle. The imposing fortress stands guard over the rest of the city below. Leading away from the castle is the famous Royal Mile lined with shops and pubs galore. A person could spend an entire day wandering this historic street its hidden closes. 



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Real Life Exaggerated

Fishing stories, the concept has become synonymous with exaggeration. No harm is ever intended, but after countless retelling the story often morphs into something much more interesting and exciting than the original. The two-pound fish that took several minutes to reel in eventually evolves into an eight-pound monster which battled valiantly for half an hour before succumbing to your superior skill. This is how many of my real-life adventures have infiltrated my adventure and romantic suspense novels.

I’ve explored numerous Mayan ruins tucked into steamy bug-infested jungles in several countries, yet I’ve always managed to avoid ruthless kidnappers; I’ve pondered the current of the Rio Grande, sticking my toe in to test the waters, but have suppressed the urge to jump into the churning mud and attempt an illegal border crossing; and I have ridden horseback down a terrifyingly steep slope while I clutched the horn with all my might and scenes from Man From Snowy River flashed through my mind, all without a single gunshot from a foreign enemy aimed at me or my trusted steed. If you’ve read my novels you may recognize some of these scenes, grossly exaggerated, of course. If you haven’t, I hope I’ve piqued your curiosity enough to give one of them a try.


To check out any of these adventures on Amazon click on any book  cover/link to the right.. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Song of the Shepard Woman - #Christian Fiction

Carlene Havel writes historical stories set in Biblical times.  Today she’s sharing some background on the creation of her latest release, “Song of the Shepard Woman”.
One of the questions I’m asked most often about writing books is, “Where do you get your ideas?”  The short answer is I don’t know. Thoughts bubble and coalesce around a theme, and the plot for another story begins to form—at least that’s the process for me.  My latest release, “Song of the Shepherd Woman” began at Christmastime, although it’s not a Christmas story per se.
As I read through the familiar verses from the second chapter of Luke, the shepherds abiding in the fields captured my imagination.  How amazed they were to receive Christ’s birth announcement from an angelic choir.  What joy and hope they must have felt as they ran to the stable in Bethlehem. How did others react to their story afterwards? Was it possible people thought the shepherds drank too much wine? Or simply fabricated a fantastic story? And what if one of the shepherds had a child, a baby boy, who happened to be in Bethlehem when the soldiers came looking for the Christ child? A character took shape, a disappointed idealist, a man whose life and dreams were shattered early in his life. But suppose, after years of bitterness, this man was given another chance to believe? Maybe in his old age he and his wife were unexpectedly given another child to raise. What if…
Writing “Song of the Shepherd Woman”, like all of my books, was a labor of love. Sharon Faucheux wove her historical research into my narrative, resulting in a story we hope readers will love as much as we do.  We are offering this full length novel at an introductory price of 99 cents for a while, and it’s available just about everywhere ebooks can be found.  Here are some links:
Click here to buy on Amazon for only $0.99 for a limited time.
Blurb: In the first century, Channa’s stepfather gives her to her maternal great-uncle Avram to raise.  He is known to be a peculiar, perhaps dangerous, man with a wife who cannot speak.  Nevertheless, they are kind to Channah and teach her how to care for sheep. When her stepfather unexpectedly announces her betrothal to a Jerusalem tanner, the girl is forced to leave the only home she knows. 

Channah looks forward to a loving husband, but soon learns she is to be Enos the tanner’s second wife. The beautiful first wife is barren, and she resents her youthful rival. Channa struggles to adjust to marriage and city life, cherishing the hope of someday having her own child to love.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Last #Free Access to National Parks for 2017

The last chance in 2017 to enter your National Parks for free is Veteran's Day Weekend, November 11-12. Hopefully the roads in your favorite park are still open for the season. For more information about fee-free days visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm