Sweet Romance Sundays: LOVE INSPIRED Book Review and Giveaway

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I had so much fun reading the Love Inspired Suspense books last month, when FlyBy Promotions said I had the opportunity to read and review SIX NEW Love Inspired books, I gladly decided to take them up on the offer. I’m going to talk a little about my experience with a couple of them, and then I’m going to give a brief overview of each one because YOU WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN ALL SIX OF THESE FOR YOURSELF! This is a tremendous gift for any sweet romance fan, and would be just perfect for a Mother’s Day present.

The two I’ve read so far are THE RANCHER TAKES A BRIDE by Brenda Minton and BACHELOR TO THE RESCUE by Lorraine Beatty. I enjoyed both of them immensely, except I think I connected a little better to the characters in THE RANCHER TAKES A BRIDE, right from the start. Still, I thought both stories were written very well. The characters were likable (except for Oregon’s – MC in RANCHER – dislike of cats). And the romances were sweet and believable. I have every confidence that the other books are just as good.

Now here’s a little more about the books and the promotion:

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Love Inspired® books offer wholesome, faith-based entertainment for women that nourishes the soul as it affirms the values of devotion, hope and love. Books are available online and in-store.

Love Inspired readers believe hearts can heal. Love Inspired stories show that faith, forgiveness and hope have the power to lift spirits and change lives – always.

In THE RANCHER TAKES A BRIDE, Duke Martin, former Army medic is stunned when old love Oregon Jeffries tells him he is the father of her child. Given his troubled past, the hardworking rancher and diner owner understands why Oregon kept his daughter a secret for twelve years. But now Duke desperately wants to make up for lost time. As he sets out to be a true father to Lilly, he soon realizes his feelings for Oregon are growing stronger. When Oregon’s health falters, he’s ready to care for her and prove that he’s worthy of her love. Could this be Duke’s second chance with the woman he never should have let get away?

In THE BACHELOR’S BABY, Jake West’s troubled cousin leaves him with a most unusual parting gift – her newborn baby girl! And now the small-town contractor is forced to seek help from the very woman he resents – the new big-city pediatrician who practically stole his uncle’s practice, Violet Crenshaw. Violet knows she shouldn’t be consorting with the enemy. But she can’t resist the adorable baby and her handsome new caretaker. Violet traded her chance at motherhood for her career years ago. But raising a family with Jake could be everything she’s ever wanted.

In THE SINGLE DAD FINDS A WIFE, Doctor Spring Darling has everything she needs. A wonderful family and a busy job helping the children of Cedar Springs, North Carolina. She’s given up on adding love to that mix. Until the moment David Camden and his adorable son appear in her exam room. Spring assumes David is another down-on-his-luck single parent at the free clinic – but looks can be deceiving. Because David has a job – he’s the architect proposing a new development in the middle of Spring’s land! When the truth is revealed, can Spring find a way to keep both her home and the blessing of new love?

In WINNING THE TEACHER’S HEART, single mom Becca Norton is surprised to discover her high school crush Jared Donnelly is back in town. The motocross champion hasn’t been home in years, but the former bad boy is as gorgeous as she remembers. And his kindness toward her kids melts her heart. But when she learns his true purpose in town is to build a motocross school on land near her home, she has to put on the brakes. Her children’s welfare is her priority, and her former in-laws have made it clear they don’t approve of Jared or his plans. Soon Becca may have to choose between her heart…and her home.

In BACHELOR TO THE RESCUE, young widow Lainie Hollings will do anything to protect her daughters – even if it means accepting help from Shaw McKinney. Though she blames Shaw for her husband’s death, he’s the only one she can turn to when a robbery forces her to take shelter in his home. Soon she’s surprised by the handsome contractor. He’s kind, charming, and determined to protect her and her girls. Being with Lainie makes Shaw want to give up his bachelor life and become a family man. But he’ll need to win over the pretty librarian and prove to her he’s the right man for her future.

In A FIREFIGHTER’S PROMISE, when the baby he rescued seven years ago returns – with his widowed adoptive mom – Deputy Fire Chief Matt Bailey can’t turn them away. Desperate to escape the reminders of his failure in the line of duty, Matt is close to leaving town. But one look at Rachel Carter and her son, Christopher, has him second-guessing his plans. Rachel is a mom in need of a hero for her son. But as much as she wants the two to bond, she’s determined to keep her distance from Matt. After losing her husband on the job, she promised never to love another fireman. Yet somehow she finds herself drawn to the one man she should avoid.

S O C I A L • C O R N E R
 
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I’ve got a great prize this week for one lucky commenter on this blog post. Just leave some sort of message here before 11:59 PM on May 3, 2015, and you’ll be entered to win a paperback copy of ALL SIX OF THESE BOOKS.

But you all can enjoy this $1 OFF COUPON for ANY Love Inspired book. Just download it and print it out. Or, if you prefer, here’s the printable PDF version.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Friday Free-for-All: GMovies Review and Giveaway

Friday Free-for-All

If you like Netflix, you’ll love gMovies!

Join over 2 million people who are already enjoying gMovies on a monthly basis!
·  Instant access to hundreds of Christian movies and TV shows with new titles added monthly
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gMovies offers instant access to almost 300 faith friendly feature films of every genre, in addition to animated stories, television series and biblical documentaries. Always available on your computer or mobile device, gMovies also includes the bible-based animated series “Pahappahooey Island;” teen drama “Much Ado About Middle School” starring Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Amanda Waters; and the “Left Behind” drama series starring Kirk Cameron and based on the New York Times bestselling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

gMovies is operated by UP, America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, so rest assured that you are being offered the very best in faith conscious entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to UP for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” UP is the only television network to be so honored.

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 This is a screenshot showing two of the movies that are available on gMovies. I’ve watched both of them and can highly recommend them – especially Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea. I think everyone should watch it because it’s such a beautiful story of self-sacrificing love. Another one that I really enjoyed was The Town That Came A-Courtin’, based on Ronda Rich’s book by the same name. In fact, I liked the movie so much, I went out and got the book!
GMovies has plenty for the kids too. My daughters’ favorites are the Mandie movies and the Friends and Heroes animated series. And I love that I can set them loose with the gMovies app and not have to worry about them stumbling across something they shouldn’t be watching, as sometimes happens with Netflix.
Two weeks not enough for you to enjoy gMovies for free? I know. There’s a lot of good stuff to watch. You probably won’t get to see it all in two weeks. But you’re in luck because I’m giving away one FREE 6-month subscription code to a commenter on this blog post. Just leave a comment by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, April 24, 2015, and you’ll be entered to win.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Friday Free-for-All: THE ADVENTURES OF PAJAMA GIRL AND THE CORONATION OF THE CUPCAKE QUEEN (Review & Giveaway)

Friday Free-for-All

There’s nothing my girls like more than cupcakes with sprinkles…and the color pink. So, when the opportunity to read and review THE ADVENTURES OF PAJAMA GIRL AND THE CORONATION OF THE CUPCAKE QUEEN came, I had to take it.

Here’s a picture of their daddy reading it to them.

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The verdict? The four-year-old said it was “great,” and the six-year-old said she enjoyed it. My husband said he thought they went a little light on the girl for stealing the sprinkles, but it is a children’s book after all, so you can’t expect much in the way of in-depth, severe punishment.

I thought it was a delightful, beautifully illustrated book that is something the whole family can enjoy together. I’m always excited about books like that.

Here’s some more information about the book:

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Hardcover; 32 pages

A cute, illustrated story about a girl‘s imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie’s cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

About the author:
Sandra Hagee Parker lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Ryan, and their daughters, Olivia and Elliana — the original pajama girls. A practicing attorney, Sandy is also a part of the music ministry at Cornerstone Church where she and her husband are leaders.

When not working or writing, Sandy enjoys traveling with her family and mastering the art of making Pancakes à la Pajama Girl with her two girls.

Don’t forget to check out the OFFICIAL WEBSITE!

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As a special bonus for readers of this blog post, when you buy the book from any store or online retailer, and then enter your receipt at http://pajamagirl.com/downloads.php, you’ll receive 10 free Pajama Girl Activity Sheets sent via email!

And I have a copy to give away to one lucky commenter on this blog post. Just respond by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, April 17, 2015, and you’ll be entered to win. Don’t miss out on this chance for a rewarding family experience!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Friday Free-for-All: Author Interview – Sheila M. Cronin

Friday Free-for-All

It’s been a while since I posted an author interview, so when Sheila M. Cronin contacted me after reading a comment I made on Alexis Grant’s site, it seemed like as good a time as any to start back up again.

Today, I am happy to welcome author Sheila M. Cronin. Let’s get to know a little more about her and her book:

1. How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?

A timeless mix of romance, family drama, and psychological and inspirational insights served with humor, The Gift Counselor is a story that will warm your heart all year long.

2. If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

The theme would be gift-giving and gift-receiving, and Oprah would be all over both!

3. How did you get the idea for the novel?

I observed something unusual in a major department store during the Christmas shopping season. A man approached a perfume counter and asked for gift advice. He needed a gift to fix a problem with his girlfriend. The sales associate behind the counter, a young woman, urged him to forget about perfume and buy his girl something beautiful instead—diamonds—so lovely they would make her cry. Then his problem would be solved. Immediately upon witnessing that scene, I knew I had been given the gift of a story and I began to write it that day.

4. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The story came first, and the title followed.

5. What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Some readers have told me they like the one sermon given by a priest at Sunday Mass most. It took me 25 tries to get that chapter right, and I am proud of it.

6. What inspired you to write your first book?

This is my first book. Originally, it was a screenplay. I wasn’t having any luck getting it sold. Another writer advised me to turn it into a novel.

7. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now? 

I’d have to say that when you receive a gift, such as I did when this story came to me, you’d better honor it as best you can, protect it, write and rewrite and polish it till it shines, and never lose belief in its power.

8. Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?

My favorite part was when my editor told me I’d written a good book and that it would go far. My least favorite was pushing to get it done when I was mentally exhausted.

9. What’s up next for you?

I am working hard on the sequel. It is called Best of All Gifts.

10. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Find a writing group and be a good member of it. By that I mean, attend every meeting, be ready to discuss your work and their work, and listen to their critiques. Find a good group with positive energy and serious writers, whether amateur or not.

Be sure to visit Ms. Cronin’s website at: http://www.giftcounselorbook.com.

About the Author

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Sheila M. Cronin was born in Chicago, Illinois and after majoring in art, she obtained a Master’s degree in mental health sciences. Sheila then practiced art therapy for ten years. Among her other jobs was a stint at Princess Cruises where she traveled to Tahiti twice in one month. “Airport Romance”, her first published story, can be found in The WritersNet Anthology of Prose.

“Heart Shaped: a collection of short romances” includes 10 humorous stories that suggest love can begin or begin again anywhere.

Writing fiction, painting portraits and composing songs on piano are her favorite “cre-activities,” next to reading a good book.

Tuesdays with Yeshua: EASTER STORIES (Book Review and Giveaway)

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As Easter approaches (I can’t believe it’s already almost here – where has the year gone?), it’s the perfect time to reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua (otherwise known as Jesus Christ).

That, in fact, is the main aim of the latest book I had the chance to read and review, EASTER STORIES: Classic Tales for the Holy Season.

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383 pg / multiple authors
 

Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard of before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.

Find out more HERE!

This is an amazing collection of some powerful, classic tales and beautiful illustrations brought to you by Plough Publishing, who published the equally powerful book, THEIR NAME IS TODAY, which I also had the pleasure of reading.
Here’s how you can connect with Plough Publishing online:
I have one paperback copy to give away to a lucky commenter on this blog post. Just let me know you’re interested by 11:59 PM (EST) on March 31, 2015, and you’ll have a shot at winning – just in time to celebrate the Easter holiday.
This is one book you and your family will treasure for years – maybe even generations. I can totally picture my little girls reading these stories to their own children in the future – at least, I hope they do. 
Read below to discover all the “rules” and important legal stuff:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Sweet Romance Sundays: Texas K-9 Unit Series Books 1-3: Tracking Justice\Detection Mission\Guard Duty – Review and Giveaway

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I was recently given the opportunity to download and review a collection of romantic suspense books from Love Inspired. As soon as I read the words “romantic suspense,” I was all over this promotion. I’ve always loved a good romantic suspense book (or movie).

Here’s some information about this collection:Texas K-9 Unit Series, 1-3

Love Inspired Suspense authors Shirlee McCoy, Margaret Daley and Sharon Dunn will get your pulse racing with tales of Texas cops and their loyal K-9 dogs tracking down a crime ring. Enjoy three action-packed Texas K-9 Unit romantic suspense novels in one box set! When a boy goes missing from his bedroom, a police detective must assure a desperate single mother that he and his trusty bloodhound will find her son. A woman with amnesia has to rely on an officer and his border collie to stay alive when she can’t remember who tried to kill her. An FBI agent is called in to protect a single mother when the rookie K-9 officer witnesses a murder and becomes the killer’s target.

About the authors:
Shirlee McCoy

Shirlee McCoy has always loved making up stories. As a child she daydreamed elaborate tales in which she was the heroine — gutsy, strong and invincible. Though she soon grew out of her superhero fantasies, her love for storytelling never diminished. Shirlee knew early that she wanted to write inspirational fiction and began writing her first novel when she was a teenager. Still, it wasn’t until her third son was born that she truly began pursuing her dream of being published. Three years later she sold her first book. Now a busy mother of four, Shirlee is a homeschool mom by day and an inspirational author by night. She and her husband and children live in Maryland and share their home with a dog and a guinea pig.

Margaret Daley

Margaret has been writing for over 35 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal. She loved teaching and working with students with special needs, and recently retired from teaching to write full-time. When she isn’t working, she loves to read, travel, and go to lunch and a movie with a friend. She and her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for over 40 years live in Tulsa. Besides teaching and writing, she is also a mother of one. Her son, Shaun, is married with four daughters.

Sharon Dunn

Sharon Dunn first fell in love with mystery and suspense about the time she read Nancy Drew mysteries in the fifth grade. Her first book in the Ruby Taylor mysteries Romance Rustlers and Thunderbird Thieves was a finalist for the Romantic Times Inspirational Book of the Year. The second book in that series Sassy Cinderella and the Valiant Vigilante was voted Book of the Year by American Christian Fiction Writers. Her hobbies include reading, working out, hiking, trying to find things around the house and making pets out of the dust bunnies under the furniture. Before she started writing, she used to sew. Now she just collects fabric and patterns and fantasizes about projects. After nearly twenty seven years of marriage, Sharon lost her beloved husband in 2014. She lives with her three nearly grown children, two cats and a nervous border collie named Bart.

Time constraints being what they were (and my crazy schedule being such as it is), I was only able to read the first book in the series, TRACKING JUSTICE. Here are my thoughts on it:

This was an engrossing, quick read. I didn’t want to put it down and actually stayed up all night reading it to the (mostly) satisfying conclusion. The romance is sweet – no graphic sex. Really, there’s no sex at all – just kissing, and even that comes well after we get to know the characters and they get to know each other better. Not anything like what happens in so many romance novels, where the main characters meet and end up in bed together the same day without really getting to know each other. I can’t stand books like that, so I was more than relieved that this one wasn’t like that.

The suspense part was well done. The character development was good. I found a few typos and one instance of a character name being misused, but overall the editing was as clean as the romance. Plus, there’s a dog, and dogs are awesome! This is one book you won’t want to miss if you’re a fan of romantic suspense. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series, and I encourage you all to rush over to Amazon and download this set today!

And now for the giveaway…

Love Inspired is offering up a paperback copy of the latest book from Shirlee McCoy, PROTECTION DETAIL (released March 3, 2015), to one lucky commenter on this blog post.

Here’s the scoop on PROTECTION DETAIL:

LAWMAN ON A MISSION

After a prominent senator’s son is murdered, Capitol K-9 Unit captain Gavin McCord wants answers. The senator was a mentor to Gavin, and he’ll stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice. With his team of elite K-9 cops and his loyal dog, Glory, at his side, Gavin discovers that a child at Cassie Danvers’s nearby foster home may have witnessed the murder. He’s drawn to the determined and beautiful woman, but she doesn’t want him interviewing her traumatized charges. Yet trusting Gavin is the only way to stay one step ahead of the deadly gunman when Cassie becomes a target.

Capitol K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners

Shirlee McCoy wrote the first book in Texas K-9 Unit Series (which is the only one I’ve read so far), and I can safely say the lady knows how to weave a good romantic suspense story. Want to see for yourself? Just leave a comment here, telling me you want to win this book, by 11:59 PM EST on March 22, 2015, and you’ll be entered into the giveaway (open to US and Canada residents only).

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

 

Friday Free-for-All: STITCHES (Because Some Wounds Need More Than a Band-Aid Cure) by Jeremy L. Blunt

Friday Free-for-All

Today I’m featuring a book that deals with relationship problems and how to fix them – even the toughest ones. It presents an insightful look at a very real problem. I hope you’ll take a few moments to check it out (an excerpt is provided in this post).

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Stitches- Because Some Wounds Need More Than a Band-Aid Cure

AUTHOR – Jeremy L Blunt

PUBLICATION DATE – February 10, 2015

LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 184

PUBLISHER – Upland Avenue Publishing Group

COVER ARTIST – Daniela Frongia

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Have you ever found yourself at a loss when trying to figure out why relating to the very people you feel you have to or should be able to communicate well with just doesn’t work? Have you ever had that feeling after you come out of something which gave you the blues while in it, was actually not as bad as you made it if only you had paid attention to the signs and lessons from previous events? If either of these things sound like you then “STITCHES” are what you need. We look for answers from everywhere in the world, our friends, church members, parents, celebrities and sometimes even our enemies but never inside ourselves.

STITCHES are the tools we need to address the issues we have. If you’re tired of putting a Band-Aid on wounds that seem to just keep resurfacing and don’t seem to go away, then I encourage you to start using stitches instead. AS you read “STITCHES”, allow it to broaden your perspective and increase your confidence that you are not as lost as you may have believed.

BUY & TBR LINKS

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EXCERPT

The problem with most relationships is not the baggage that people knowingly bring into them, it is with the baggage that they have, know they have but act like it is not there. Now let’s be honest. We all have baggage. Baggage is what we pick up from life’s experiences that affect how we react to things, how we deal with people, and how we carry ourselves. All baggage is not bad baggage. For instance, it is only after you deal with someone who is independent that you determine if moving forward, you want someone else who is also independent or if you would rather have someone who just has independency. Either way, the baggage we carry from situation to situation affects us differently.

Ideally when we met someone we would like for their baggage to be displayed and scanned as it would be going through check in at an airport. First giving them an opportunity to dispose of anything that would be hazardous to anyone else around and then going through a thermo scan. The problem with baggage does not come when we are dealing with someone who is upfront with baggage that is not necessarily healthy but rather when things pop up that they claim to know nothing about. On my last trip to the airport, I remember hearing several announcements about baggage not being left unattended or taking packages from people that you do not know. We should treat the people we deal with every day with the same level of security and caution. Until we know what at least pops up during their initial scan, we should not pursue them past the outer lobby of our life. In other words, they should remain associates. They should not get VIP treatment or otherwise they may feel and act like they are entitled to more than they are. Then you will feel guilty and try and fast track them to the exclusive area prematurely. To catch a plane now, they tell you to be at the airport at least two hours before your flight so you can go through all of the proper checks and still make your flight on time. We should treat everyone we meet with the same expectation. If they are not willing to show up early, stand in a line or two for a few minutes, and undergo pre checks, then they may as well be labeled as a terrorist and should be treated hostile. I mean let’s face it, what is the point of blood, sweat, and tears if you are not going to use the lessons it has taught you to better yourself. Would you knowingly let a terrorist come on a plane that you are boarding? Of course not! Then why do we let people in our lives without proper clearance. You need to know something about the people you deal with. Where they are from? Who have they been with? Who they people are? Have they picked up any habits, I mean packages, from strangers along the way?

Even after going through baggage check, people still can have extra stuff that can threaten your life. An example of this is insecurities. Let us say you have met this guy and he seems to have it pretty much together. He is a dream come true. You open up and allow him to board your life. Once in the air you realize he has tendencies. He always wants to know about the names of people from a previous manifest. He also asked repeatedly about current passengers who are just temporary passengers until the next stop or two. You understand his concerns but point out that none of these issues surfaced or questions were asked during initial boarding. You pacify him by giving him everything it seems that he would need but nothing is helping. He wants to dig deeper and ask more questions. This is a classic example of what I call “unauthorized baggage”. Unauthorized baggage can have you off balance with very little to no clue as to why. When a partner is overly aggressive or possessive, it can weigh you down to the point where you are ready to start throwing things off. When nothing you do seems to be working, you will start eliminating things that are actually in your life to help you; like fuel, food or even extra oxygen (friends who give you life). Again, those closest to you will give you warning signs when this happens. Your body will also be a good sign of indicators. Do not ignore the signs. Pay attention, life has a way of getting your attention. If you are not careful you will find yourself starting to become distant with friends and even point the figure at others as the reason to why things are the way they are.

BOOK SOUNDTRACK

Life and Favor – John P. Kee and New Life feat. James Fortune

Her Heart – Anthony Hamilton

My Favorite Thing – Ronald Isley featuring Kem

Rise and Fall – Craig David feat Sting

All of Me – John Legend

Sweat – Toni Braxton & Babyface

AUTHOR’S PLAYLIST

Medelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op. 20-1

Van Cliburn Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 & Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2

Michael Meets Mozart

More Than Anything – Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise

Grateful – Hezekiah Walker, Love Fellowship Choir

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AUTHOR BIO

Jeremy L. Blunt is a capital city native of Louisiana and a graduate of the East Baton Rouge Public School System. He is a proud Husband, Father, and Mentor. He is married to the former LaTrisha Earline Milton, also of Baton Rouge. He has two daughters, Kaylie and Amerie Blunt. His hobbies include traveling, reading, exercising, and interacting with people. He is honorably retired from the Louisiana National Guard. While defending his country, Jeremy has been and continues to be very active in his community. He serves as a Minister to young people and serves and advises several boards in his community. Jeremy attended Louisiana State University and attends HOPE Bible Institute for Theology and Religious Studies.

Jeremy is a motivated speaker and teacher who delivers a message of self empowerment and change to audiences of all demographics. He continues to work with “at-risk” youth and considers it as one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. He is an advocate for service and continued education.

Jeremy lives by the motto: “Change comes from those willing to do things differently”.

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INSTAGRAM – stitches4life

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