Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sweet Tea For The Soul--by Linda Kozar

And now, a departure from the usual murkiness of mystery and suspense...

I have a new book releasing from DaySpring (Hallmark) on January 8th and-gulp-it's not a mystery! It's a devotional book, Sweet Tea For The Soul—Down-home Devotionals to Comfort the Heart, meant to encourage and inspire you, as well as make you laugh. Maybe even cry a little, in a good way.



I'm giving away one real book to one lucky winner in the continental United States. It's only available in print, but devotionals are the sort of book a reader wants in print form. The winner will receive their book in January, some time after the 8th, or when I receive some copies to give away:)

I love going to stores that give away free samples. Yes, as a matter of fact, I would like to sample that tiny cube of smoked gouda. A mini meatball? Sure! So, here's a sample for you  readers to...well...read! If you like it, I hope you'll throw the book in your cart and check out from whatever online or brick-and-mortar store you buy it from with a big smile on your face.

Have a blessed new year! Love you all! Linda Kozar

Fellowshipping Fireflies

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” —Matthew 5:16 NKJV.
In the Great Smoky mountains of Tennessee, during a two-week mating period in late spring, a unique species of fireflies is known to synchronize their flashing light patterns. Unlike other species of fireflies who blink their lights randomly, these bioluminescent beauties flicker their individual lights at the same moment. The Bible says that we are to walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:7-14) to a darkened world. The fruit of the Light is found in goodness and righteousness and truth. When we live our lives in synch with God’s Word, we shine together with Him, the Light of the World (John 8:12), and we shine to His glory, piercing the darkness of this age.
Faith Check
These special fireflies do not always flash in unison. Sometimes they flash in waves across the midnight hillsides. At other times, they flash together in harmonious short bursts that end in sudden periods of darkness. Sometimes our lives look a lot like that too. But when we set our hearts to love God and one another, we cannot fail to shine.
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All I want to do is sit on the front porch and watch the fireflies

Author of over 28 traditional and indie-published books, Linda Kozar, is also a speaker, and podcaster (Along Came A Writer, Chat Noir Mystery and Suspense). Linda and her husband of 29 years, Michael, live in The Woodlands, Texas and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters, their wonderful son-in-law, and Gypsy, their rascally Jack Russell Terrier.



20 comments:

  1. Linda, as the saying goes, "Good on you." I won't ask to put my name in the hat, since I'm still "sort of" an honorary member here, but it sounds like the kind of book that should come out of Texas, and I'm sure you did a great job. Love that title.

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  2. I would love to see that firefly display. We call them lightning bugs...lol
    lhanberry1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Linda, you have to sign up for a lottery with the parks service. If your name gets picked, you can get on the bus with the rest of the winners and go to the location to wait in the dark night. People say its definitely worth it. I want to do it too!! (But we haven't been picked yet)

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    2. LINDA, you are the winner of my brand spanking new devotional! As soon as I get my copies, I will mail one out to you. I will let you know before I send it out.

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  3. Your book sounds exactly like what I've been looking for to start the new year!

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    1. Susan, thank you. I hope you find it encouraging and inspirational.

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  4. I enjoy new devotionals at the start of a new year. Thank you for the sample. We’uns in the south love our sweet tea and our “sweet milk”.
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Gail, I don't know what I would do without my sweet tea! Hope you like Sweet Tea For The Soul:)

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  5. Sounds like what I need to get me focused this year. Besides, my debut novel, due to release this year, is being published by Firefly Southern Fiction. We call them lightning bugs where I grew up in southeastern Kentucky, too.

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    1. Karen, I have a dear friend whose debut novel is also being published with Firefly. How exciting for you!

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  6. Sounds like a great devotional book.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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  7. Can't wait to read your devotional! And I call them lightning bugs, too.

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    1. Thank you Patricia! I adore watching them light up, but I would love to see the synchronous ones. I have to win the parks and recreation lottery to get on that bus though. Here's hoping!

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful devotional book.
    betsylu2@msn.com

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  9. Lightning bugs here in Kentucky also and this past summer my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter and I hunted them many nights. I had forgotten just how fun this activity is! Your devotional sounds lovely and I appreciate the chance to win a copy.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Connie. Sounds like you have a special and wonderful relationship with your little grandchild. How sweet!

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    2. This sounds absolutely wonderful! I can hardly wait to read it, Linda.

      ReadingMama922 at gmail dot com

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