Friday, December 13, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Read the Final Chapters Now!


A Ruby Christmas

Read the Final Chapters! 


Good news! Now you can read the rest of the story...all at once!

Today the entire book releases on Kindle and is free!

Find A Ruby Christmas exclusively on Amazon for Kindle.

Don't have a Kindle reader? No problem. Your computer or other device can become your Kindle reader. I've put the links below.

Get the whole book for free!

The entire story, A Ruby Christmas, will be free on Kindle from today through December 16th.

If you haven't yet read the free chapters and would like to do that, find them at www.WriteIntegrity.blogspot.com.


The Altered Photo contest ends today. Be sure to turn in your answers to be entered in the contest. See the above linked site for details.

You might still have time to get in on it! Scroll back through this blog to the December 2 post and you'll find links to each of the Altered Photos on each author's blog on the day their chapter was featured. Then compare each photo to the UN-Altered Photo on Pinterest. You'll also find links to those on the same blog posts. Write down the differences you find, then put them in a e-mail enter by sending your answers to MagnificentHope [at] yahoo [dot] com.


More about A Ruby Christmas:





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Don't have a Kindle? No problem. You can get the free program to make your computer a Kindle reader. Here are the links to do that. The program is direct from Amazon and therefore should be safe to download:


If you're reading this after December 16th, 2012, the book will be just $ .99 for the rest of the month. It will also be available on Amazon after the end of December 2013 for a minimal cost. (As of this time, the story is not available in print.)


Find A Ruby Christmas on Amazon for Kindle.


Wishing you A Ruby Christmas


We hope you have enjoyed A Ruby Christmas. If you have, please feel free to leave a review on Amazon so others will know you enjoyed Ruby's story.

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Chapter 9 by Phee Paradise


Guatemala
Photo courtesy of Phee Paradise

Today's featured author is Phee Paradise.


Phee won her place in the book through the competition held earlier this year. She contributed Chapter 9, and takes Ruby and Yippee all the way to Guatemala!

Phee was born in Guatemala City. She now lives in South Carolina.



Guatemala
Photo courtesy of Phee Paradise

You can connect with Phee:


On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phee.paradise

And reader her devotions on her blog at

And she blogs at: Delighted Meditations



Read Phee's chapter of A Ruby Christmas here:


A Ruby Christmas: chapter 9

View the Altered Photo on Phee Paradise's Delighted Meditations blog.

Compare to the photo her and write down the different: A Ruby Christmas Pinterest Photo Contest



More about A Ruby Christmas:





A Ruby Christmas

Wishing you A Ruby Christmas


Please stop back by here tomorrow to meet the next author and for a link to the next chapter.

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


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Just released! Chapter 9: A Ruby Christmas. Check it out now! http://ow.ly/rb9pk @DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP  Click to Tweet

Related article:

Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Chapter 8 by Debbie Roome


Capetown, South Africa
Photo courtesy of Debbie Roome

Today's featured author is Debbie Roome.



In Chapter 8, Debbie takes Ruby and Yippee to Capetown, South Africa!


Debbie was born in Zimbabwe, then lived in South Africa for fifteen years before moving to New Zealand. Debbie is the author of Contagious Hope and Loving Lena, a book about here sister. She also contributed to last year's project, A Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt.


Read Debbie's chapter of A Ruby Christmas here:


A Ruby Christmas: chapter 8


View the Altered Photo on Debbie Roome's blog.

Compare to the photo her and write down the different: A Ruby Christmas Pinterest Photo Contest

More about A Ruby Christmas: 

 

A Ruby Christmas

Wishing you A Ruby Christmas


Please stop back by here tomorrow to meet the next author and for a link to the next chapter.


Please share A Ruby Christmas with your friends and contacts. You can use the Tweetables and share buttons below.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Last year's collaborative novel:


Debbie also took part in the collaborative novel from Christmas 2012 from Write Integrity Press, A Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt.

Tweetables:


Wishing you A Ruby Christmas: Read Chapter 8 now: http://ow.ly/rb9gO  @DianneEButts A#RubyChristmas #PNP #WIP   Tweet this!

Released today! Chapter 8: A Ruby Christmas. Check it out now! http://ow.ly/rb9gO   @DianneEButts A #RubyChristmas #PNP #WIP    Tweet this!

Related article:

Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Chapter 7 by Marji Laine

Today's featured author is Marji Laine.


In Chapter 7, Marji takes Ruby and Yippee to the city of lights, Paris, France!

Marji is a homeschooling mom of 4. With decades of leading worship, directing and performing in theatre productions, and script-writing, Marji took the plunge to creating scintillating Christian romance and romantic suspense novels with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

Connect with Marji here:


Read Marji's chapter of A Ruby Christmas here:



A Ruby Christmas: chapter 7


View the Altered Photo on Marji Laine's blog: Ruby's in Paris.

Compare to the photo her and write down the different: A Ruby Christmas Pinterest Photo Contest

More about A Ruby Christmas: 

We've Received A Note from Ruby!



Ruby's Dad, Jake Buckner, has received a letter from Ruby Joy that he wanted to share with us. Thanks Jake! Here's what Ruby had to say:

Dear Daddy,

Well, here I am in Paris, the City of Light. I’ve heard folks talk about this place lots, but I’m thinking it just takes experiencing it to actually wrap my brain around it. Wall to wall buildings, cars, people. The buildings and their architecture scream history at me. I could walk around this place for days and never get tired of it. The cars, I could do without. Noisy little things and thicker than ants on a Hershey bar.

A Ruby Christmas
The people are okay. Funny how this is the city of light, but I don’t usually see much of a spark in the eyes of the people here. But they’ve been mostly looking at my clothes and not meeting me in the eye, anyway.

Momma’s college roommate has a really sweet daughter, but I don’t know if the Blue-Hair salon would go over in our town with the same popularity it has here. ‘Course it sounds much fancier in French. Coiffure de Bleu. The say it’s “tres chic.” That means very stylish, not three chicken’s! I know how you think, Daddy.

Anyway. I took a walk around the neighborhood a bit ago. You wouldn’t believe the number of folks out here. Bigger population on just the streets I walked than in our whole county back home. I even found a huge dog park. Yes, Yip made friends. He always makes friends. Me? Not so much.

I had to think about this hair-cutting business you sprung on me. What were you thinking? I can’t believe you just set it up without even speaking to me about it. Yippy’s gonna hate it if I go through with your idea. I guess I can see where you’re coming from. And Aimee had some good advice as well. I’m just not sure I’m on board, yet. Not sure I will be, but we’ll see tomorrow.

So give Dutch a hug for me. Oh okay. Just shake his hand. Is that manly enough for you both? Say “hi” to everyone and tell ‘em that I’m learning a lot, but looking forward to getting back home.

Love you, Daddy!
Ruby Joy


Wishing you A Ruby Christmas


Please stop back by here tomorrow to meet the next author and for a link to the next chapter.


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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Last year's collaborative novel:


Marji also took part in the collaborative novel from Christmas 2012 from Write Integrity Press, A Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt.

Tweetables:

Wishing you A Ruby Christmas: Read Chapter 7 now! http://ow.ly/rb94z  @DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP   Tweet this!

Released today! Chapter 7: A Ruby Christmas. Check it out now! http://ow.ly/rb94z  @DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP    Tweet this!

Related article:

Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.

Monday, December 9, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Chapter 6 by Jennifer Fromke

The hunt sets off
Photo credit / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Today's featured author is Jennifer Fromke.



Jennifer took Ruby and Yippee across the pond to London! 


Jennifer is the author of A Familiar Shore, which is receiving wonderful reviews.

Be sure to visit Jennifer's blog at http://www.jenniferfromke.com

 

Read Jennifer's chapter of A Ruby Christmas


We're off to the hunt! But don't worry, all foxes, horses, people, and dogs (including Yippee Ti Yi Yo remain safe).

A Ruby Christmas: chapter 6

View the Altered Photo on Jennifer Fromke's site.

Compare to the photo her and write down the different: A Ruby Christmas Pinterest Photo Contest

More about A Ruby Christmas:






Last year's collaborative novel:


Jennifer also took part in the collaborative novel from Christmas 2012 from Write Integrity Press, A Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt.

A Ruby Christmas


Wishing you A Ruby Christmas


Please stop back by here tomorrow to meet the next author and for a link to the next chapter.

Please share A Ruby Christmas with your friends and contacts. You can use the Tweetables and share buttons below.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!





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Released today! Chapter 6: A Ruby Christmas. Check it out now! http://ow.ly/rb8Vn @DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP  Click to Tweet

Related article:

Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.



Saturday, December 7, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Weekend Guest Posts

A Ruby Christmas



Chapters 1 through 5 of A Ruby Christmas have posted to www.WriteIntegrity.blogspot.com. If you missed one or more chapters, hop on over there and enjoy getting caught up.

Chapter 6 will post on Monday.













Weekend Guest Posts:


This weekend, here are a few new posts going on with Ruby:




Next week you'll discover the rest of the chapters. See you on Monday for chapter 6!

Friday, December 6, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Chapter 5 by Jerusha Agen


Rockefeller Center
New York City

Today's featured author is Jerusha Agen.


Jerusha nearly lost Ruby in New York City, but things turned out well.

Jerusha is the author of This Dance and the newly released This Shadow.


Find Jerusha online at:


SDG Words

and Redeemer Reviews






Read Jerusha's chapter of A Ruby Christmas here:


A Ruby Christmas: chapter 5



View the Altered Photo on Jerusha's site SDG Words.

Compare to the photo her and write down the different: A Ruby Christmas Pinterest Photo Contest


More about today's chapter here:




Wishing you A Ruby Christmas



A Ruby Christmas
We hope you're enjoying Ruby's story. Please stop back by here tomorrow to meet the next author and for a link to the next chapter.

Please share A Ruby Christmas with your friends and contacts. You can use the Tweetables and share buttons below.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


Tweetables:

Wishing you A Ruby Christmas: Read Chapter 5 now! http://ow.ly/rb8LP @DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP Click to Tweet

Just released! Chapter 5: A Ruby Christmas. Check it out now! http://ow.ly/rb8LP @DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP  Click to Tweet

Related article:

Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Chapter 4 by Ruth O'Neil

Photo courtesy of Ruth O'Neil

Today's featured author is Ruth O'Neil



Today Ruth O'Neil takes Ruby and Yippee to the beautiful mountains of Virginia.


Ruth is the author of Come Eat at My Table.




You can learn more about Ruth and connect with here here:





  • Twitter: @writerrutho

Read Ruth's chapters of A Ruby Christmas here:


A Ruby Christmas: chapter 4


View the Altered Photo on Ruth O'Neil's Real Life blog.

Compare to the photo here and write down the difference: A Ruby Christmas Pinterest Photo Contest

More about today's chapter of A Ruby Christmas:





Ruby sent us a note today! 


Hey y'all,

Well, I didn’t think I could get any closer to God than I was when I was living in Texas, but I was wrong. These beautiful mountains of Virginia almost make me feel as if I can touch the heavens. I love the feeling of being able to look down from my vantage points and see what others below me are doing.

I wonder if this is how God feels when he looks at us. He definitely has a higher vantage point than any of us could ever attain. It is in these Blue Ridge Mountains that I have been able to really understand the verse in Isaiah 55:12 that says, “You will go out in joy and be led forth a peace; the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

This is the time of year when the mountains really will rejoice because of the birth of the King, their Creator, Jesus Christ.

I can definitely learn some lessons from these mountains. It almost makes me want to come back year after year to see how the mountains change. Though our God never changes.

Love y'all,
Ruby


Wishing you A Ruby Christmas


Please stop back by here tomorrow to meet Jerusha Agen, the next author, and for a link to the next chapter.

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Photo courtesy of Ruth O'Neil


Tweetables:

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Introducing the collaborative novel A #RubyChristmas. Check it out now! http://ow.ly/rsmGU  @DianneEButts #WIP Click to Tweet

Related article:

Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Chapter 3 by Fay Lamb


Photo provided by Fay Lamb

Today's featured author is Fay Lamb.


Fay Lamb takes our girl, Ruby, and her Jack Russell Terrier Yippee Ti Yi Yo, to the Florida sands, sun, and surf of Cocoa Beach!

Fay is the author of several novels and contributed to last year's collaborative novel, A Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt.

Fay loves to meet up with new friends on social networks.

Find Fay Lamb here on:




Read Fay's chapter of A Ruby Christmas here:


A Ruby Christmas: chapter 3


View the Altered Photo on Fay Lam's Inner Source blog.

Compare to the photo her and write down the different: A Ruby Christmas Pinterest Photo Contest

More about today's chapter of A Ruby Christmas:




Ruby sent us a note today!


Here's what Ruby had to say:

Well, I really am glad that Ms. Dianne has allowed me to write to y’all today. When she gave me the invite to share about my journeys, which you can read about in A Ruby Christmas, I was just bursting with stories to tell.

Like my trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida. Yeah, Florida in the winter. Lots of people do it. Not Texans, not really. Parts of Texas have the same climate as Florida: hot, horrible and humid. I reckoned I was about to spend some time with some retired couple my daddy knew. After all, Florida is the retirement capital of the world. That’s what they tell me.
 
Boy was I pleasantly surprised when Ms. Gina Swain—I mean Alward, that’s her name now—picked me up at the airport with her new husband. Then my happiness turned to dread as I remembered that terrible Jonathan Swain—her only son. He used to pick on me something fierce when we were little, and I wasn’t too thrilled about seeing him.
 
That is, until I saw him. Boy, howdy, the brat had grown up.
 
In more ways than one.
 
You see, Jonathan taught me something. I watched that cowboy surf on them waves in Cocoa Beach. I never knew two-feet and glassy could provide so many chances for flips and turns. I guess there’s a reason Kelly Slater is so good at what he does.
 
But I’m on a rabbit trail. This isn’t about what Jonathan did while riding the waves, but about the time that he sat on his board out in the middle of the ocean. Sometimes he’d look to heaven. Other times, he kept his head bowed. When it was all said and done, Jonathan told me that the ocean is his thinkin’ and prayin’ place. He said he got in the habit of it while in Texas in the middle of the vast pasture. He never said, but I got to thinking about this myself. When you’re just a small speck in a large place, you realize that God doesn’t see you as a speck. No, sir. God is so close to you that He can count the number of hairs on your head. He can make sense of the feelings inside of you that even you don’t understand.
 
Jonathan taught me that on my journey around this vast globe, no matter where I go, I’m never alone.
 
God is with me.
 
A Ruby Christmas

Wishing you A Ruby Christmas


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Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Chapter 2 by Dianne E. Butts



A Ruby Christmas

Today's featured author is Dianne E. Butts.


 Yep, that's me! My chapter in A Ruby Christmas is the featured chapter today. It's chapter 2, and it takes place in Colorado.

There's a LOT going on here today, so before you take off to read my chapter, let me tell you...

... Besides mine being the featured chapter, I'm also featured on some blogs today. So once you read my chapter, please come back and check out my guest posts for more about how writing A Ruby Christmas affected me. And some surprising ways my life paralleled the characters and the story I wrote, after I wrote it! (Cue the theme from The Twilight Zone.) Links below.

... Then also the publisher is having a contest based on A Ruby Christmas. Scroll down a bit and see that photo of a happy biker just under "What's wrong with this picture"? He's part of this contest. There's a lot of fun going on and some fantastic prizes, so don't miss out! Check into all the details and join the fun to be entered to win a prize basked worth over $400! Details below the happy biker's picture and on www.WriteIntegrity.com.

 ... Finally, there's also a note from Ruby below. She wrote in to let us know how she's doing on her trip, so don't miss what she has to say.

... So here we go. Enjoy!

Read Dianne's chapter of A Ruby Christmas here:


A Ruby Christmas: chapter 2


Today Dianne is a featured Guest on:

  • Read my guest blog post on Fay Lamb's blog Inner Source. where I share how my life parallels Ruby's in the loss of a parent. When we started the Ruby project, I had no way of knowing someone else was going to write these parallels into the story!

Dianne's helmet - June 9, 2013
  • I'm also the Guest blogger on J. A. Marx's Embattled Spirit. Here you'll read about two unexpected events that I wrote into my chapter more than a month before these events happened.

You'll see how I suddenly connected with a minor character I wrote into my chapter.


Smoke plume of the Waldo Canyon fire
just east of Pike's Peak
from Dianne's back deck June 2012


I also wrote in my Embattled Spirit post about the fires Coloradoans have experienced the recent years. In my chapter you'll meet Biker Bear, who has a hope-filled message for those who have been through the fire.










 

Read more today about me and A Ruby Christmas here:






A note from Ruby:


I heard from Ruby Jo, and she sent you all (or is that "y'all"?) a note. Here it is:


Hi y'all! Ruby here. Listen, I just wanted to say it was so great to visit the beautiful mountains of Colorado. I really had an adventure when I ran into those bikers. Not sure if I want to write that in a letter home to Daddy or if I should just keep that our little secret.

But anyways, I know y'all have had some big forest fires out there in Colorado, and I want you to know my heart goes out to you. The lesson I learned about forest fires I'm sure will stick with me forever. I pray God's best blessing for each of you.

I hope you enjoy my story.

Love you,
Ruby Joy



What's wrong with this picture?

Write Integrity Press is having a contest! Each day on the featured author's web site, there's a picture. Today my chapter is featured on the Write Integrity Press blog, so it's my turn to host the photo of the day.

This photo is part of a contest where YOU can enter to win a prize!  (Details on www.WriteIntegrity.com.)

But here's the scoop: Check out this photo below. Then compare it to A Ruby Christmas Pinterest Photo Contest. Find the difference and write down your answer.




After the ninth chapter posts on December 12th, put all your answers in an e-mail and send them to Write Integrity Press (at MagnificentHope [at] yahoo [dot] com). Then you'll be entered to win a bundle of books worth around $400!

Dianne E. Butts also is the author of:

Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus (PNP 2012)
Prophecies Fulfilled in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus (PNP 2013)
Prophecies Fulfilled in the Life of Jesus (Releasing soon from PNP in 2013)

Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (PNP 2012)

For more information on these books, use the tabs at the top.

Connect with Dianne here:



Wishing you A Ruby Christmas


Please stop back by here tomorrow to meet the next author and for a link to the next chapter.

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


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@DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP  Tweet this

Just released! Chapter 2: A Ruby Christmas. Check it out now! http://ow.ly/rb7Wi @DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP  Tweet this

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Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.

Monday, December 2, 2013

"A Ruby Christmas" - Chapter 1 by J. A. Marx



A Ruby Christmas

 

Today's featured author is J.A. Marx.



J.A. introduces our story, A Ruby Christmas, in Chapter 1, which takes place in Texas. J.A. was the primary brainstorm-er of the story.

Want to know more about J.A.? Here you go:

J.A. is the author of Destiny Defied (WIP 2013).

You can find Destiny Defied on Amazon.

And J.A. blogs at Embattled Spirit.


Please tune in tomorrow when I will be guest posting on J.A.'s Embattled Spirit blog.




Read J.A. Marx's chapter of A Ruby Christmas here:


View the Altered Photo on J.A. Marx's blog.

Compare to the photo here and write down the difference: A Ruby Christmas Pinterest Photo Contest




More to read about A Ruby Christmas:




Wishing you A Ruby Christmas



Please stop back by here tomorrow to meet when I will be the featured author. (I can't wait!)

You'll find a link to my chapter. Plus you'll also find links to blogs where I'll be the featured guest tomorrow. I'll be sharing some of my story behind the story A Ruby Christmas. I think you'll be interested in how this story project has affected me in ways I never saw coming, and the ways in which Ruby's story parallels my own life.

 

Please share...


... A Ruby Christmas with your friends and contacts. You can use the Tweetables and share buttons below.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


Last year's collaborative novel:


J.A. also took part in the collaborative novel from Christmas 2012 from Write Integrity Press, A Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt.

 

Tweetables:

Wishing you A Ruby Christmas: Read Chapter 1 now! http://ow.ly/rb84C @DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP Click to Tweet

Just released! Chapter 1: A Ruby Christmas. Check it out now! http://ow.ly/rb84C  @DianneEButts #ARubyChristmas #PNP #WIP  Click to Tweet

Related article:

Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.



Sunday, December 1, 2013

Wishing you "A Ruby Christmas"!

A Ruby Christmas
a collaborative novel
I'm very excited this month to present a series of special posts which will feature the brand new collaborative novella, A Ruby Christmas.

Let me tell you about this special Christmas project


This short novel is a collaborative effort of nine authors, eight of which are authors with one of the sister companies Write Integrity Press or Pix-N-Pens Publishing. The ninth author was added as the result of a contest to find fine new writers. Welcome Phee Paradise!

Each author wrote one chapter of the story, with additional chapters opening and closing the story.

I'm pleased to be a part of this novella with my chapter appearing as chapter 2!

What is our story about?

Read the back cover:

Cowgirl Ruby Joy Buckner has never left the Lone Star State, but at her father’s request, she takes her faithful canine companion and travels the world in search of Nativity pieces. As Ruby collects the pieces, she also collects a few unexpected surprises, including an awareness of the beauty in other cultures, and quite a menagerie of new friends, thanks in part to Yippee Ti Yi Yo who charms everyone they meet.

Ruby’s budding awareness of life outside Texas opens her eyes to a world of whimsy, and the Nativity pieces she collects are unusual. Will her father approve her eclectic collection … and the changes that travel brought to Ruby’s life?

Read Chapters for free


So here's the fun thing: You are going to get to read the first nine chapters for free.

Chapters 1 through 9 will be posted at Write Integrity Press's blog, one each weekday. The first chapter will appear tomorrow, December 2, 2013. A new chapter will be posted each weekday through chapter nine posting December 12th.

Following that, the final chapters will be available in the entire book released exclusively on Kindle on Friday, December 13, 2013.

The Kindle e-book will be available for FREE from Friday December 13 through Monday December 16. Following the free days, the book will be available for $0.99 throughout the rest of December.

Don't have a Kindle? No problem. Your computer can become your Kindle reader with the free download from Amazon.com:

My chapter will be featured...

Are you anxiously awaiting the opportunity to read the chapter I wrote? Well you won't have to wait long. My chapter, the second in the book, will post to the Write Integrity Press blog on Tuesday, December 3.

For more on this project...


If you would like to know more about this collaborative novel, check out the discussion over on my other blog: "Butts About Writing."

How to find the chapters...


Each weekday the next two weeks I'm going to post here not only with a link to the featured chapter, but also introductions to the authors, links to the authors' web sites, blogs, and/or guest blog posts about A Ruby Christmas, and perhaps even an occasional note from Ruby herself!

So visit each day for links to the chapters...and more.

At the end after the ninth chapter posts, you'll find a link here to the free book on Amazon Kindle. (Don't have a Kindle? No problem! You can also read the book on your PC or Mac. I will also give you links for that.)

Wishing you A Ruby Christmas


I hope you enjoy our little story, A Ruby Christmas. And I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season. May the Lord Jesus be always on your mind!

Please share A Ruby Christmas with your friends and contacts. You can use the Tweetables and share buttons below.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


Tweetables:

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Introducing the collaborative novel A Ruby #Christmas. Check it out now! http://ow.ly/rs9p3   @DianneEButts #WIP Click to Tweet

Related article:

Wishing You A Ruby Christmas on the Butts About Writing blog.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Returning "Home" for an Author Event at the new Brew Unto Others

260 Pages ~ $14.99
Returning "home." Well it's not where we're originally from, but if anyplace feels like home it's Lamar, Colorado. We lived there from 1992 to 2000, we got involved in a church there, and we continue to see friends from Lamar often (not to mention going there often).

But since my last three books came out over the past 15 months, I haven't made an opportunity to take my books to Lamar and do an Author Event. That's about to change.

On Saturday, November 30, 2013, from 8:00 to 1:00, I'm going to be at the new Brew Unto Others coffee house in Lamar, Colorado.

Since it's the beginning of Advent Season (Advent begins December 1), we will be featuring my Christmas book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus (2012, PNP, $14.99). This book makes a great family devotional or group study to bless your Christmas season.

But I will also have my other books on hand:
  • Deliver Me: Hope, Help, & Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy (Connections, 2011). This book actually started in Lamar, and features several stories from Lamar. In fact, the first of more than 50 true stories in the book is from Lamar. $14.99 This book was named "Book of the Year" (Family / Relationships) by Christian Small Publisher's Association in 2012.
  • Dear America: A Letter of Comfort and Hope to a Grieving Nation (2002, Ampelos). My first book, I wrote this shortly after we moved from Lamar, in the days after the events of September 11, 2001. It includes "10 Things I've Learned While Sifting through Grief" and the story of the Bible in five acts. $6.95
  • Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ. Released in August 2012 by Pix-N-Pens Publishing and co-authored with Renee Gray-Wilburn, this practical book features twenty true stories to inspire and give hope to Christian grandparents. $15.99 This book was named "Book of the Year" (Family / Relationships) by Christian Small Publisher's Association in 2013.
  • Prophecies Fulfilled in the Death & Resurrection of Jesus (April 2013, PNP) is the second in my "Prophecies Fulfilled" series and makes a great devotional to follows the Christmas book during the Lent Season preceding Easter. $14.99
Please stop by Lamar's new coffee house, enjoy a cup, and visit with me.


Brew Unto Others Coffee Shop
119 S. Main Street
Lamar, Colorado 81052
 

 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 4 Author of Prophecy book Event at The Lighthouse in La Junta, Colorado

It's not yet Halloween, so dare I mention Christmas? I know how we dislike Christmas coming earlier and earlier each year to stores and retailers. However if you are in leadership -- whether in a church, a Bible study, or simply your family -- and need to think ahead to figure out how to make Christmas special, and how to keep Christ in Christmas, then now is the perfect time to discover a book that will do just that. That's because you'll have time to read it early and determine if it's the right book for a pre-Christmas Bible study with friends or a daily family devotion throughout the Advent season to keep you centered on Christ.

I will be at The Lighthouse in La Junta, Colorado, tomorrow (Friday, October 4, 2013) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm featuring my Christmas book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus.

Prophecies Filfilled in the Birth of Jesus book offers 35 real life prophecies given in advanced then fulfille in the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.
Featured book at this Author Event
$14.99
Each of the 35 short chapter addresses a prophecy that was fulfilled in the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. In each chapter you'll find where in the Bible the prophecy was first written or spoken. You'll also discover when the prophecy was given, including the date if possible, then who spoke it, and the context of the prophecy.
Each prophecy is then matched with the record of where in the Bible, when, and how that prophecy was fulfilled in the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.
Here's how the book is organized:

At the beginning of each chapter you'll find:
  • a Key Verse for the chapter that highlights the prophecy.
  • Facts about that prophecy: including where it is found, who wrote or spoke it, the date if possible, and the context it was written or spoken in, meaning what was happening at the time this was written and why was it written?
  • Bible reading telling you where to go in your own Bible to read the verses we’re talking about in this chapter.

The body of each chapter discusses what I’ve discovered and learned about that prophecy.
At the end of every chapter you'll find:
  • Three or more discussion questions to help you or your group apply it to their lives.
  • Final Thought.
  • A suggested prayer.
  • And For more, read – additional Bible verses on related topics for further, optional study.

Travel back in time and rediscover the prophecies fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. Your future Christmases will never be the same.

SPECIAL NOTE:

Our prayers are with the Dale and Susie Muth family at this time. Praying for Dale's recovery from his serious injuries. Praying for their children and family and friends.

Susie was the children's leader at Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF) in La Junta, Colorado, for many years. I met her when we were in the leaders' group together. I have to smile as I try to imagine all the little lives she impacted during those years as she taught so many little ones about Jesus. Surely heaven will be different because of her dedicated work through BSF. And we will miss her here.

Should the funeral for Susie Muth take place on Friday October 4 (which at the time of this writing it appears it will not), please know we will close The Lighthouse store and the Author Event to attend those services. Thank you for your understanding.


 
The Lighthouse Christian bookstore
215 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, Colorado 81050
719-384-9660
 
  

Monday, September 2, 2013

Deliver Me attends the CareNet National Pregnancy Center Conference

Our Work

This week I'm very excited to be an exhibitor at CareNet's National Pregnancy Center Conference at The Sheraton Downtown in Denver, Colorado.

I'll be exhibiting my book, Deliver Me: Hope, Help, & Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy.

If you're attending, please stop by the Connections Press booth #73. Mention you saw this notice on my blog for a special gift (while supplies last!).

Also, we're going to have some drawings! Enter (in person only) to win a bag of books (and more!) to bless you and your ministry.

I hope to talk with many people who staff and run these wonderful pregnancy centers about how Deliver Me can help them in their ministry. For one thing, Deliver Me is just like having their former clients sit down and chat with their current clients. The 54 stories in Deliver Me tell the true stories of women and men in similar situations as their pregnancy center clients, but have the added benefit of hindsight. Those who shared their stories in Deliver Me can now talk about the choices they made and how it affected their lives, what the outcome was and what happened next. What a valuable tool for those making decisions today!

Also, Deliver Me can help with fund-raisers! As a donation incentive, an "included value" bonus to a banquet ticket purchase or a "value added" bonus to a dessert reception. It can serve as a reward for a donation of a certain level or a thank you gift to major donors. There are so many ideas! I'm excited to be able to talk with pregnancy center resource directors and volunteers this week about all the ways Deliver Me can bless their ministries.


Deliver Me won Christian
Small Publisher Association's
Book of the Year award in 2012
If you know someone who's attending the show, or if your favorite pregnancy center is planning to come, please pass this information along to them and tell them I invite them to stop by my book and say hi.

Even if you're not attending, please keep this entire, important event covered in your prayers. Thank you so much!



Deliver Me was a finalist in AWSA's Golden Scroll
Awards in 2012
 


Friday, August 30, 2013

Author Event: Signing "Prophecies Fulfilled in the Death & Resurrection of Jesus" Tomorrow!

Saturday, August 31, I will be at The Greatest Gift & Scripture Supply Store showing off my newest book Prophecies Fulfilled in the Death & Resurrection of Jesus.

This is the sequel to my book that released last Christmas, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus.

If you're in the area, please stop by! I'll be there from 12:00 noon to 5:00.

If you're looking for a great resource to lead a Bible study, or family devotions, a discussion for a nonfiction book club, or your own individual study, this book will give you plenty of good, solid information and questions that apply the information to our lives today.

In Prophecies Fulfilled in the Death & Resurrection of Jesus, you'll rediscover 52 prophecies that were foretold -- sometimes hundreds of years earlier -- and then fulfilled in the events surrounding Jesus' arrest, crucifixion, death, and resurrection.

Each of the 52 short chapters in the book explores one prophecy fulfilled, including:
  • Why Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey
  • The significance of the fact Judas was paid thirty silver coins
  • The prophecy of the Potter’s Field
  • The prediction of Peter’s three denials
  • Caiaphas’ words “it is better for one man to die than a whole nation perish”
  • The meaning of the crown of thorns
  • The prophecy in the scapegoat
  • Why Jesus was led outside of the city to be crucified
  • The prophecy in the snake on the pole
  • The prophecy that the soldiers would divide up His clothes
  • The prophecy that not one of Jesus' bones would be broken
  • Where it was prophesied hundreds of years earlier that He would be pierced
  • The significance of the myrrh given at His birth.
  • The two signs of Jonah
  • Why Jesus claimed He could rebuild the Temple in three days
  • Where it was prophesied that Jesus' body would not see decay
  • And many more...
Discover where these prophecies were first given, in what context, how they came to be fulfilled in every detail, and much more. Each chapter includes application and discussion questions, Bible readings, suggested prayers, and so much more.

This book will strengthen your faith. When we see God's promises and then see them fulfilled perfectly, we gain confidence that He is in complete control -- no matter what we see going on in the world. And we know that He will also bring to perfect completion the remaining prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled...but will be fulfilled very soon, and some are already being fulfilled right before our very eyes.

In our troubled times, what do we need most? We need our faith in God strong enough to carry us through. That's what you'll gain from this book: it will strengthen your faith for the future.

Looking for a great read or study to get you ready for Christmas? Consider the first book in this series:  Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus. Also great for individual study, small group Bible studies, family devotions, and nonfiction book clubs.

 


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