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Sending Prayers to those Coptic Christians who were martyred for their faith.

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As I think of this Holy Week of Easter, my mind keeps traveling back to the Coptic Christians of Alexandria and Tanta who were martyred on Palm Sunday, as well as the others wounded by Isis, terrorists so quick and proud to claim their heinous deeds. I pray for those Christians, and I’m sure you do as well, whatever your faith. The pictures above are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

We Christians in the Western World, would we be so brave to follow our faith of Christianity if threatened by death itself for professing our faith? As Islamic terrorism grows, there may come a day we have to face that question head on. It has been almost ten years since I visited the Holy Land, Egypt, and Jordan and when I look through old pictures of these countries, I remain fascinated by the spiritual ruggedness of the countries, and the toughness of the people living in such terrain which might seem unforgiving and too rugged for us to endure. Biblical stories leapt before my eyes as I traveled through Israel, Egypt, and Jordan.

The picture above is the side of Masada, the fortress where the Jews held out against the Romans for over six years after overcoming the Roman garrison in 66 AD. They sacrificed their lives rather than be conquered by the Romans when the Romans finally breached the fortress. Jews and Christians alike have fought for the sake of their religion since ancient times. Do we still maintain their fortitude? I find myself wondering.

The Coptic Christians are one of the oldest of the Christian sects. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt and the brothers and sisters in Christ of the Coptic Church. I pray he is allowed to make this journey in safety and peace.

Good Friday is upon us, and the most glorious day of all for Christians occurs on Sunday, the day Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Christ is risen indeed! This past Palm Sunday, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ sacrificed their lives in their worship of the Living Christ. The pews on which they sat were awash in their own blood, and as surely as Jesus shed His blood for all of us and our sins, I know those who died for their beliefs in Egypt on Palm Sunday will be celebrating their Easter this year with Christ. God bless and keep them all!

Pictured above is where Jesus was lain to be anointed after his death and the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed to have the cup taken away from Him rather than have to suffer betrayal and crucifixion. Soon his disciples forsake Him and He is alone like no other before Him. But after several hours of prayer, His will converged with his Father’s, and He was alone no longer.

Above is a representation of the grave where Jesus was risen, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. The morning of Christ’s resurrection was a morning beyond belief, Jesus died for our sins that we might have eternal life with him. Those Coptic Christians in Egypt gave their lives for their faith, and now they shall live with God for all eternity. Perhaps they will look down upon us and infuse us with their courage and faith when we most need it.

And you dear friends, you have a blessed Easter or Passover. Let us all keep the faith because God loves us all and let us remember to send prayers of faith and love to the many who are persecuted for their religious beliefs. Christ has risen. The Lord has risen indeed.

Thank you for stopping by.

Brenda

P.S. A great movie to see at this Easter time is “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel where he rather unwillingly makes the case for the resurrection of Jesus.

 

 

Check Out These Books!

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LIFE OF A BABY BOOMER is a book especially for those who grew up in the fifties and sixties, or suffered any kind of abuse, or had doubts about their capabilities, or served in the military, or have ever worked in law enforcement. I’ve read this book many times, and its words still serve to comfort and inspire. It was a privilege for me to help Steve put this book together. Steve has always believed faith in God–even if it is shaky and as small as a mustard seed–is the key to surviving life’s difficulties. A mustard seed of faith doesn’t sound like much, but it’s enough to overcome all the hardships life deals us. I hope you will join Steve on his journey.

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SOMEDAY MAY NEVER COME is my first mystery and I had a great time writing it. The setting is the Florida Keys, only I made up my own key, Mirror Key, which represents a reflection of what we wish to see in ourselves and our lives. Anna Howard’s journey of self-discovery is one that most of us face at one time or another. It’s that discovery of a truth that was right in front of us all along, but we may have chosen to ignore it.  Gina and Kimberley Kraft are the murder victims and in their murders, lies the truth of the lives of all of those involved in Mirror Key. When the truth is discovered, hopefully, those who have survived will be able to pick up the pieces of their lives.

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TENTH DEGREE OF THE PARANORMAL is a book about the battle between good and evil, but it is also the struggle of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, and the knowledge that some day she has to relinquish control over her daughter’s life. Barbara Stevens is a woman who has always struggled with the fact that she is different, but her daughter embraces her powers and tries to help her mother accept her own abilities. Ivan Karlovsky will stop at nothing to harness the paranormal powers of this young girl, which threatens to open the gates of hell itself, but Barbara will stop at nothing to protect her daughter and close the abyss. Set in the backdrop of contemporary Russia, this is a battle where winner takes all.

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It’s not your mother’s vampire story because it has some twists that are not typical of the vampire genre. Elizabeth Curran, the female protagonist, is not content to remain a vampire and is in search of her soul. More a battle between good and evil rather than the life of a vampire. What was truly enjoyable about writing this book was the historical aspect. Most of what I write about King Charles II of England is true, well, except the part about someone trying to make him a vampire. LOL! The Restoration in England is one of my favorite historical periods, and I loved writing about it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out these books and all of them can be found at

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Thanks you for stopping by.
Bren

THE KING’S VAMPIRE–Not Your Mother’s Vampire!

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I can hardly believe that “The King’s Vampire” was published by Soul Mate Publishing nearly four years ago! http://amzn.to/1sBlyyu That means it will be going out of print some time in March. It’s a book that meant a lot to me, and I’ve been thinking about reprinting it as an indie, but I’m not sure yet.

It’s not your mother’s vampire because it has some twists that are not typical of the vampire genre. Elizabeth Curran, the female protagonist, is not content to remain a vampire and is in search of her soul. More a battle between good and evil rather than the life of a vampire. What was truly enjoyable about writing this book was the historical aspect. Most of what I write about King Charles II of England is true, well, except the part about someone trying to make him a vampire. LOL! The Restoration in England is one of my favorite historical periods, and I loved writing about it.

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The oak tree above was grown from an acorn of the royal oak where Charles Stuart climbed to hide from Cromwell’s men. According to the legend, Father John Huddleston was the priest who helped him hide. The very same Father John Huddleston was the one who gave Extreme Unction to Charles Stuart on his deathbed.

It’s a well-known fact that King Charles had many mistresses, and Barbara Palmer, Countess of Castlemaine, has a few run-ins with Elizabeth in my book. Nell Gwynn, infamous actress & harlot of the Restoration, is also there. I make mention of a nude portrait of her hidden behind a secret chamber, and such a portrait has been found and thought to be Nell Gwynn. History is so much fun!

I make mention of a Philip Rohr who was a German theologian who believed in the vampire lore of the time, and also a Francois Richard who wrote about vampires and witches. It’s fun to use history as a catalyst for fiction. Sometimes, the problem when you write paranormal, people tend to dismiss the historical facts along with the fiction. That’s understandable, becomes sometimes fact is just much weirder than fiction, as we can all attest.

One of the last historical realities I’d like to mention in my book is the topic of Catherine Montvoisin, or La Voisin as she came to be called. Noblemen and women of Louis XIV’s court did embrace her dark arts. The scandal really hit the fan when Louis’s mistress, Athenais de Montespan got involved with La Voisin. Rumors spread that Montespan had stripped naked on the altar, and they found a sacrificed newborn over her body. Whether it was true or not, it spelled trouble for the nobles. I guess my fascination with these topics prove in my mind that there is always a continuous struggle in the world between good and evil, and we must always remain vigilant to the demons who might steal our souls. Just because something is fiction, doesn’t mean it’s not true.

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One last favorite part of my book, THE KING’S VAMPIRE, is my vampire dog, Charlie. And while there are no real vampire dogs, Charlie was real as my little dog, Toto. THE KING’S VAMPIRE will be out of print soon, but I hope if you get the chance, you’ll take the time to read it. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bren

 

 

 

Happy Groundhog’s Day, Happy Anniversary, & Happy Birthday! February is a big month for us!

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February is always a very big month for us. Not only is it Groundhog’s Day, but we also celebrate our anniversary and Steve’s birthday. We’ve been married forty-two years and sometimes it seems like it’s just been a heartbeat since we were first married, and yet, so much has happened. And yes, that is a ’72 Pinto we were driving!

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The first night we spent as husband and wife was at the Holiday Inn on the Altamont in Livermore, and I don’t even know if the hotel is still there! I was twenty-two and Steve was twenty-seven and I thought we knew all we needed to know about life. That’s because I was twenty-two! If you had told me I’d be sixty-four in the twinkling of an eye, I would have laughed and laughed!

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We went to Disneyland on our honeymoon, and it was amazing to me. Little did I realize that forty-two years later we would be going to Disney World nearly every week, and I’d find it just as amazing, and we’d sometimes get to share the experience with our grandsons.

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Steve took me to Tijuana, and yes, this was actually the first time I was ever out of the USA! It was just the beginning of all the adventures we’d take together, and I have say that I’m glad we shared this journey together.

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Our last stop on our honeymoon was Las Vegas, and it was there we ran out of money and had to go home. It wasn’t that we gambled, it was just that we ran out of money because we didn’t have that much to begin with.

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I know these old honeymoon photos are pretty faded, but the memories are just as vivid as they ever were. To my husband, Steve I’d like to say, “Happy Groundhog’s Day, happy birthday, and happy anniversary! I’m so glad we found each other. Thank you for sharing these forty-two years with me, and also sharing your own spiritual journey of the heart with me.

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Life is a fragile thing, and I think we all need to hold our loved ones close and tell them how much they mean to us. Thank you for stopping by!

Bren

 

 

Here’s Wishing You A Blessed Holiday Season & A Happy New Year!

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I’m certain as Christmas draws closer, memories go back to times of long ago and of people who are no longer in our lives. I remember my own mom worked very hard to create holiday memories for us and our kids, and I’m happy to say that she was extremely successful. It is one of her greatest legacies to our family.

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Time flies, as life pretty much guarantees it will, but we will always feel the nearness of our parents, our children and their families, our aunts and uncles, our beloved cousins, and our friends, no matter where they might be, because we’ll always have our memories of them.

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Let’s not forget  joyful memories and let’s keep them close to our hearts. Let’s hold  loved ones close and not forget to tell them how much we love them. We don’t really remember the gifts we received over the years, but we never forget the moments shared with others.

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Our world has become a much more dangerous place than it was when we were growing up, or when our children were growing up. Even while we enjoy the holiday season we must take time to pray for peace and think what the Prince of Peace wanted most for those of us on earth. We can’t forget those brave Christians who profess their faith even when they are threatened with the possibility of death for their faith.  God tells us to love others as we love ourselves, and while few of us would argue with this logic, in a world grown darker, it becomes more difficult. We have been truly blessed in this country, and it is thanks to God we have such joyous memories of life here. But during this holiday season and in the new year to come, let us not forget to keep vigilant in prayer that peace will come to us all and we will learn to live together in harmony.

Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas this holiday season, have a joyous time and remember to be thankful for all your blessings this past year and have many, many more in 2016! In the words of one of my favorite Christmas songs, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me!”

Thank you for stopping by.

Bren

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