NW Book Festival in 3 Days at Pioneer Courthouse Square

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The 6th Annual NW Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. On Saturday July 26th 2014, from 11:00 – 5:00, meet me and get your signed copy of “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation.”
Volume 1 in “The Rainbow Journals” Series
Find My NW Book Festival Author Page!
Alphabetical by Author Name

With each purchase please select a pair of hand crafted earrings of your choosing. These are inspired by the earrings Lily sold at her shop “Calla Lilies” when she returned to her hometown in Beachville, Oregon during “The Gray Season.” This is the whimsical eco jewelry she created from recycled broken necklaces and bracelets. Complimentary Dark Chocolate too!

Special Festival Book Price – $10.00

See you at the Festival!!

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

The temperature is finally out of the 90′s and into the 80′s here in the Portland area and I’m rejoicing!! Sticking with the Strawberries Summer Season theme, this No-Bake recipe from the Vitacost.com Recipe Center looks perfect to celebrate the occasion.

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake.

2014 Readers’ Favorite Annual International Award Contest Finalists Announced

July 15, 2014The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation is named a “Finalist” in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Annual International Award Contest in two categories – Christian Fiction and Fiction Inspirational. Winners will be announced September 1st.

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Strawberries and Ceylon Cinnamon

Light and Easy Summer Season Breakfast!

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Summer has definitely arrived here in the Pacific Northwest and the Strawberries are plentiful. The Organic Strawberries are even affordable now and a perfect way to serve them is for breakfast on a warm summer morning. Going through my fridge and pantry I was pleased to find all the ingredients I needed to put together this healthy and light, aromatic creation on a moments notice.

Start with a nice slice of Organic Multi-Grain Toast, cover it with Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, then sprinkle generously with Organic Ceylon Cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon is called “the true cinnamon” and is less spicy and more complex, subtle, fragrant and citrusy than other species of cinnamon. Last of all, slice the strawberries and stack them on top of the toast. For some protein, add an Organic 4-Minute Soft Boiled Egg and finish with a large cup of Organic Spearmint Tea.

The strawberry, coconut and cinnamon combination is exceptionally YUMMY and the aroma of the spearmint tea makes it the ideal accompaniment. And it’s soothing for your TUMMY too!!

Lily’s Healthy Oatmeal Cookies also go great with Spearmint Tea for a Summer afternoon treat!

Finding Peace

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The first of eight novels in “The Rainbow Series,” “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation,” takes place primarily on the Northern Oregon Coast in the fictional town of Beachville. This is a quote from The Gray Season. 

“Such a peace is difficult to describe. The closest earthly comparison for me would be the calmness you feel while standing on the beach, alone, on a perfect summer day, with the deep blue cloudless sky above, watching the warm glittery sunlight dance along the water as the cool waves of the Pacific Ocean roll gently up to your bare feet. And the vastness of the sea makes you infinitely aware of God’s presence.”  Lily Eastbrook Rhodes

Lily and Ryan’s son Jackie celebrates his birthday in the middle of July.
Happy Birthday Jackson!!

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“The Gray Season” Kindle eBook is available at Amazon Kindle
“The Gray Season” Softcover is available at Amazon Books

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7, NLT)

Whimsical Crowns at The Crown Shop! Time to Celebrate!!

Whimsical Crowns at “The Crown Shop” for your SPECIAL OCCASION or for your favorite Holiday! Buy one of Patty’s creations or customize your own with your theme and color scheme for the same price!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

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     “Her Heart Belongs to a Soldier” Whimsical Crown!

Just like Lily, the owner of Calla Lilies in my first novel, I like to support artists from the Pacific Northwest. Take a shopping trip to “The Crown Shop” on Etsy for whimsical pre-made or custom-made gift crowns by Patty Thurlby. Patty is a fabulous artist and my inspiration for the character Priscilla in “The Gray Season.”

Raw & Vegan Carrot Cake with Creamy Cashew Icing

This looks like an EASY and FANTASTIC healthy SUMMER recipe!!

I would probably substitute local honey for the agave nectar though.

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Click here for “The Rainbow Series” Recipes

6th Annual NW Book Festival July 26th

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COMING NEXT MONTH!!

The 6th Annual NW Book Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. On Saturday July 26th 2014, from 11:00 – 5:00, meet me and get your signed copy of “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation.”
Find My NW Book Festival Author Page!
Alphabetical by Author Name

With each purchase you can select a pair of hand crafted earrings of your choosing - while they last. These are inspired by the earrings Lily sold at her shop “Calla Lilies” when she returned to her hometown in Beachville, Oregon during “The Gray Season.” This is the whimsical eco jewelry she created from recycled broken necklaces and bracelets.

See you at the Festival!!

The Word “Similitude”

I recently did a word study on the word “Similitude” and this is what I learned:

“God speaks to us in similitudes. Impressions, powerful images of the mind. Something you see and you know it like you know your own name. All of sudden something hits you, it’s not just a feeling, it’s more than a feeling. The Bible calls it a similitude. An image, like a picture that takes hold of you. You see it and it’s in your spirit.”

Have you experienced a similitude?

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“I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.” Hosea 12:10 KJV

Guy Kawasaki Talks Indie Publishing

Guy Kawasaki says, “For me, writing as a career was a total accident. I never was this brilliant English literature major or anything like that.”

12 books later, Guy Kawasaki, author of APE, shares his experience using Amazon’s platforms to independently publish his latest book.

See his video - Indie Author Insider: Guy Kawasaki

I published my first book “The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” using CreateSpace and KDP – Kindle Direct Publishing and am working on my second book in “The Rainbow Series” now. It has been a great experience!!

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