Grape Juice Recipe – for canning

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To make the juice:

In clean, sterile hot jars, place

1 Cup cleaned, de-stemmed grapes

1/2 – 1 Cup sugar

Hot-boiling water to within 1/2 inch of top

Put on lids and rings, and process for 10 minutes.

 

To use, strain, into a pitcher. It’s been a while since I made this, but I recall diluting it to taste.

Not to hard to find grapes, if you ask around. Many farmers/friends have a well-producing vine.

A Heart Most Certain, by Melissa Jagears

Susan here, with another book review for all you Christian fiction fans. I found this one to be quite enjoyable, with a unique story line.

Set in 1905 Kansas, this one has an authentic historic feel to it.  As I read along, I could sense the distinctive era seeping off the page in a delightful, light-handed fashion. The social justice and charity aspect of the plot were extremely hard-hitting and worthwhile as well.

Jagears is a writer that I will “look into” reading more from.

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The Christmas Angel Project, by Melody Carlson

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One of my favorite authors in Inspirational Fiction, Melody Carlson once again delivers a strong novel for our enjoyment. An ensemble piece, she brings together four women, each an interesting character in her own right.

The women have in common that they were in the same book club. The leader has died, and now they have to forge their own bonds. The leader left each of them a gift, and a bible passage/verse. Hence the title– the women are inspired to do something for others.

The tales of their efforts are charming, fascinating, and not a little motivating! You will enjoy this, and it would also make a lovely gift.

A Love Transformed, by Tracie Peterson

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A fascinating historical that takes the reader from glittering, rich settings in New York City, to the hills of Montana. The story is feasible, not one where you have to suspend your better judgement.

A young widow has the chance to flee the controlling, lying people who are circling around her, and go back to the area out West in which she was once happy. And if she could manage to reunite with her first, and only true love, that’s all the better.

As you can imagine, snags, pitfalls, and trials get in her way, but you’ll have to read the story yourself to see how it shakes out and if she gets her man.

 

The Baron’s Blunder, by Susan Baganz

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The Baron’s Blunder is a Regency Romance novella (24K words) worth reading. The way the author, Susan Baganz, writes the romantic scenes alone is priceless, but she also takes you on a literary romp with her fascinating characters and their scintillating, sparkling dialogue. Many memorable scenes abound and you won’t want The Baron’s Blunder to end.

I have the privilege of knowing this prolific local Wisconsin author. She and I write in the same genre: Inspirational (Christian) Regency Romance.

Regency romance fiction is my favorite. For those of you unfamiliar, the genre is set in the early 1800s England. Yes, that’s a narrow window of time, but delightful stories can be set there. Trust me, the social mores of the time create numerous fascinating chances for romance to be engendered, then stymied by the strict social rules.

So find The Baron’s Blunder on Amazon or elsewhere, and enjoy a fine Regency Romance.

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Seasons of the Heart, by Andrea Boeshaar

IMG_20151215_073936Wow, was this ever an enjoyable read! I was surprised by how much I loved it. Such unique plots, realistic, yet with just enough of the feel of going on a journey that you couldn’t wait to get back to the story world that Wisconsin author Andrea Boeshaar created within the pages of Seasons of Love.

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You get three novellas (stories) within one cover…each one a treat. These are Christian fiction, so look forward to three clean romances. One of the unique elements of the stories in Seasons of the Heart is that the heroines and heroes are not all that young. They are in their 30s-40s, but it doesn’t stop the love!

I heartily recommend this high-quality novella collection.  BTW, I was given the gift of this book to read. I offered to potentially review and blog about it, if I liked it. I am happy to share about this collection – enjoy!

 

Escape to Big Fork Lake, by Mary L. Ball

Hi! Susan here with another book to tell you about. This time, I bring you Escape to Big Fork Lake.  This riveting novel will have you on the edge of your seat as you cheer for Sam (short for Samantha) and you might bite your nails a few times as well.  Mary L. Ball, a Christian fiction author, is with me to share about her book, and answer a few questions.EscapetoBigForkLake_Cover_Med (Medium) (Custom)

Here’s a teaser for Escape to Big Fork Lake:

Will an inheritance bring new happiness or a trap for murder?

Bad luck seems to follow Sam Blacker. She loses her job and faces daily struggles keeping her drunken neighbor away from her.

When an unexpected inheritance gives her a chance for a new beginning, Sam, a city girl at heart, is hesitant. However, after a brutal attack she has no choice.

Making a decision that will forever change her life she flees to the small fishing town of Big Fork Lake, Alabama and finds herself in the arms of Noah Frye.  A relationship with Noah sparks buried desires of the heart, even if he is a Christian, surely, she can get around that little problem.

As Sam and Noah’s passion grows, trouble lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching. Inescapable, Sam’s bad luck returns when she stumbles upon a murder and becomes the only suspect.

Will she run again, this time to stay out of prison? Worse, will she lose the best man she’s ever found?  And what about the newfound hunger in heart to know God—can she truly trust in Him?

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Now, for a mini-interview of the author, Mary L. Ball:

How did you get started writing fiction?

Before my debut novel, I wrote Christian articles. One day I was cleaning the house and wishing I was at the lake. As I worked on my chores the plot for Escape to Big Fork Lake took over my imagination. That afternoon I began the story. Six months later, the first draft was finished.  Then the edits began and finally the process of finding a publisher.

Are your settings places you’ve lived or visited?

Both.  If I write about the small towns close to home I’ll change the name. The bigger cities I leave the same. I have a new release scheduled for November entitled Sparks of Love. It’s set in a small town I dubbed “Freedom,” based on a city about 15 minutes’ drive from me. I’ve visited it many times and have friends who live there.

Are your characters modeled at all on real people?

Yes, With the exception of Robert, in Redemption in Big Fork Lake. Most of the males in my books will have a few characteristics of my husband. He’s the kind of man who still believes in opening the door for a woman. He’s done that ever since we’ve been married.