Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy New Year 2017, Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Blog Tour Continues

Wishing you a blessed New Year 2017!!

Popping in to wish you a healthy 

and 

Happy New Year 2017!


Remember when the calendar was going to turn to the  first day of the 21st century? I do. The media had us scared to death the world was going to fall apart because the computers would not make the change as needed. Banks and businesses would lose everything and all computers in the world would shut down. Ratings and views were garnered with such a dire prediction.

Funny now because we woke up on January 1, 2000, and nothing had changed. Just another day after New Year's Eve. How about you? Was your experience the same as mine?

Dangerous Sanctuary Tour Continues!

The good news is the Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Book Tour continues and you'll have another chance to win a PDF copy of the book at sites along the way. Here's a recap of the tour. If you missed a stop, it's not too late to catch up. Thanks so much for your support!

Tour Stops
DECEMBER

9Diane Burton

12Foxes and One Hound 

13Marsha West

19Juneta Key 
20Books We Love Insider 
23Janet Lane Walters 
24            Janet Lane Walters

Join me on January 5 at Sandra Cox blog for a fun conversation between Pastor Christine and her nosey neighbor!!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Love Came Down at Christmas, Merry Christmas

Love came down at Christmas
Image taken at Walt Disney World by J.Q. Rose
Our Greatest Need

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.
But our greatest need was forgiveness and acceptance, so God sent us a Savior.
--Author Unknown

Wishing you all the hope, peace, love, and joy of this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas! 
from J. (Janet) Q. Rose
Youtube Video:
Love Came Down at Christmas by Matt Oltman and CORO Vocal Artists

Monday, December 19, 2016

Forgiveness Brings Peace, Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Book Tour Continues, Excerpt

 The Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Book Tour continues. Click here visit me today (Monday) at Juneta Key's blog, the Writer's Gambit. She asks great questions. 


Click here for the Tuesday Books We Love Insider blog when I take you on a tour of a chocolate factory in St. Augustine, FL. Yummy!! Free cyber samples of chocolate shells. 

Forgiveness by J.Q. Rose

Tis the season of hope, love, peace and joy, but not for everyone. People have relationships that have gone wrong. They're hurting and can't enjoy the festivities no matter how much they pretend they are. If ever there was a time to forgive, the Christmas season is it! People are more open to sharing feelings. If you are ready to forgive someone or ready to accept forgiveness, do it now.

I was inspired to write Dangerous Sanctuary when a friend told me she couldn’t forgive her ex-husband. They had gone through a mean, stressful divorce after he left her for another woman. She was a Christian woman trying to live a Christian life, but she just couldn’t seem to get over his betrayal. Deep inside she had to admit she could not forgive his actions.

Intellectually we know by not forgiving others, we’re really hurting ourselves. We carry a grudge within our hardened hearts. Instead of the horrible burden going away, we seem to feed it and make it grow into hatred that seethes throughout our pores and colors our world black with resentment.

Withholding forgiveness to someone who hurts us only gives us a false sense of power and control over that person. No one likes to have a hammer held over her head with comments like, “Remember when you did so and so?” Bitterness grows and further damages the relationship.

Being the first to try and reach out and forgive someone takes strength and courage. On the other hand it takes an equally loving person to accept the offer of forgiveness. When the attempt is made, the heart soars and shoulders no longer sag under the burden of hatred and anguish.

Forgiveness isn’t easy. It may take a long time to get a different perspective on the hurt, but in the end we can try and do the best we can to resolve a relationship and relieve heartache for both parties.

My main character, Pastor Christine Hobbs, teaches about God’s forgiveness in all things. Even if we don’t feel we are worthy of forgiveness, God’s love and grace is available. All we need to do is ask.
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Dangerous Sanctuary by J.Q. Rose
Even a minister has trouble with offering forgiveness.
Pastor Christine tries to practice forgiveness in her own life, but just when she thinks she has come to terms with her husband’s cheating, lying, and eventual abandonment, she discovers she has not. No one said it is easy to forgive. In order to move on with our lives and gain peace within, Forgiveness is the key.



EXCERPT: from Dangerous Sanctuary when Christine receives a phone call from her ex which starts her stomach churning and her blood boiling.

“So how are you getting along there with your new church position?” His voice moderated. “You may not believe it, but I do think of you and wonder how you are.”
Her eyes teared up. He had no idea how much she missed him and hated him at the same time.
“I’m fine. How’re you?”
“Well, as soon as I get this apartment cleaned up, I’ll be happy. What a job. I never knew moving would be so difficult.”
“You’re moving? Where are you going?” She bit her lip. She hated to sound as if she were the least bit interested in his life.
“Nadia and I found a house.” He delivered it like a hot poker through her heart.
He met Nadia while he was away on a lengthy sales trip. She shook her head to erase the dark thoughts in her mind.
“We decided it was such a good deal, we couldn’t pass it up. I’ll send you my new address. It’s a ranch in a subdivision near that greasy spoon cafe we liked to go to. Do you remember that place? Jake’s.” His remarks were so off-handed.
“Oh, yeah.” Christine remembered Jake’s like it was yesterday.
Jake’s was the place where she told Brad she was pregnant with their baby. She remembered the joy in his face and excitement they felt about beginning their family.
She squeezed her eyes closed, trying to blot out the memory of the night she lost her baby girl in the emergency room. She was all by herself because Brad was away on a business trip. He never understood her feeling of loss, so he tried to act like it never happened. The baby wasn’t real to him as she was to her.
She realized she wasn’t listening to a word he’d spoken, so when Brad stopped talking she said, “Okay. Thanks. Gotta go. Just mail them to the church. Good-bye.” The lump in her throat prevented her from continuing the phone conversation.
Still clutching the phone in her hand, the memories of that Saturday morning conversation over two years ago surfaced in her mind. She and Brad were sitting at the kitchen table. Christine looked forward to spending time with her husband. Having a weekend together was unusual.
“So what are your plans for this weekend? Do you want to take a drive or go to a movie?” she asked as she picked up the cereal box.
Setting his coffee mug on the kitchen table, he looked directly into her eyes.
“I won’t be here this weekend.”
She stopped pouring the sugary flakes of cereal into the bowl. “Oh, really?” She turned to face her beloved husband. “I thought we could do something fun this weekend. We have so little time together anymore.”
“I’m moving out today.” He sat motionless in the chair.
“What? What did you say?” She leaned in closer toward Brad, the cereal box clenched in her hand.
“I’m leaving. I’m moving in with a friend. I want out of this marriage.” He grabbed the cup of coffee and pulled it toward him.
She clutched her stomach to stop the churning inside. Was she dreaming? This couldn’t be real. She tried to read his face, but he kept his eyes on his coffee mug.
She slammed the box of cereal down on the table and curled her hands into tight fists. With each sentence she spoke, her fists hit the table. “Wait a minute. Bradley, wait a minute. What’s happening? What are you saying?”
He glanced up furtively. Finally locking onto her eyes, he said, “I’m in love with another woman. It’s over for us.” 

Dangerous Sanctuary is available at amazon in ebook or paperback editions.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Word Meaning Pitfalls, Giveaway, Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Book Tour

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. 

Deep into Christmas shopping? Preparing for a party? Forget all that for awhile and escape the madness. I have a very deep, thought-provoking blog post today. (Yeah, not likely. It's Christmas time!)
The traditional flower at Christmas time--Poinsettia
As you may know, my husband Gardener Ted and I owned and operated a floral shop, greenhouses, and garden center for nearly 20 years. Christmas season for us began in August when all the holiday items arrived at our doorstep from the distributors. Not only did we  unpack and find room for all these delightful ornaments, figurines, holiday vases, candles, artificial trees, wreaths and garlands, but we also had to begin creating artificial Christmas arrangements to be ready for the Christmas Open House which was usually the first weekend after the Opening Day of Deer Hunting, November 15, in Michigan. While the men (and yes, ladies too) went off to hunt, the "deer widows" went shopping. We had to be ready to capture those sales. We were busy elves during the season for sure.
Our new Christmas tree--out of the box
One of the most time-consuming jobs was to unpack the artificial trees and wreaths and "fluff" them. I was reminded of this when my dear hubby bought a new tree this year during the Black Friday sales event. I mean this was as tall as our 7.5 foot ceiling in our place in Florida. And wide, yes very wide, with tons of gorgeous colored lights and white lights with 8 different lighting display options.
Our tree completed. Don't look at the back. I need to get MORE ornaments for this bigger tree.
I tackled the job of turning the mashed branches of this dead looking piece of wire and green needles into a lovely, almost "real" looking Christmas tree. So I spent a lot of time "fluffing" the branches into what turned out to be a gorgeous tree. I mentioned on Facebook I had fluffed the tree.  When one of my friends on FB shared the post, his daughter told him that fluffer was a word connected with making pornographic movies. Say what? My jaw dropped to the floor.

Word meanings are always changing. I remember when we sang the Christmas song with the words, "don we now our gay apparel,"  my young grandson whispered to me, "Did they say gay?" In his lifetime the word gay was never used for the older definition of happy.

When I went to college, we used the word pimp to mean somebody did you wrong. My mother practically had a heart attack when I used it. The meaning for pimp in her mind was the man who arranges clients for prostitutes. Have you heard the term "to pimp my ride?" That means to customize an automobile.

Word meanings change from one generation to the next. Historical fiction writers are very aware how their choice of words places the story in the correct era. I love words and language. If you are a writer and/or a reader, I bet you do too. Wordsmithing is fun and interesting. (did I just make that word up?)

Want to look up a word? Google it. Now who ever heard of that prior to 1998 when the Google company was founded? And who knew Google would become a verb?

Have you been caught unknowingly using an inappropriate word? What are some more words that have been turned into verbs? 
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Dangerous Sanctuary by J.Q. Rose
Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined she would be caring for a flock
 that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.


Because it IS Christmas time and a time for giving, I'd like to give you the gift of a FREE e-book. No drawing. No treasure hunt. No Rafflecopter entry. If you would like to receive a PDF copy or Kindle formatted copy of Dangerous Sanctuary, please let me know by requesting a book in the comment below or sending me an email at jqrose02 at gmail dot com. . Deadline for requests is Saturday, December 17, 10 pm EST.. I would receive such joy by giving you this sweet romance/mystery, a perfect read for a quiet time during your hectic Christmas preparations. 

If you have read Dangerous Sanctuary or the original title Coda to Murder, please leave a review for the book at http://amazon.com/dp/B01MQIFQFI Reviews are very important so readers can find books on amazon. Thank you.

Big THANK YOU to the generous bloggers who are hosting me 
during the Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Book Tour. 

Please join me on the Virtual Book Tour to win more prizes and read excerpts from the book.

DECEMBER

9 Diane Burton

12 Foxes and One Hound 

13 Marsha West

19 Juneta Key 
20 Books We Love Insider Blog
27 and 28 Janet Lane Walters 




Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Book Tour, Giveaway

Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Book Tour

Hello and welcome to an early edition of the J.Q. Rose blog.

I wanted you to know that the Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Book Tour is now in full swing. This week I'm visiting several bloggers and do they ever ask a LOT of questions!!  I feel especially privileged to be a guest, I think one of the best unexpected "perks" when becoming a writer, is finding support from the writing community. Each author wants another writer to succeed. In fact, I found so many new "friends" who were willing to make the path to publication less bumpy, I put together their writing tips. 

Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing
Helpful writing tips from experienced authors
Available at amazon
AND as a prize, today through Thursday, December 15, 10 pm EST, I'm giving away a copy of the compilation of helpful writing tips from fifteen authors entitled Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing: the Writing Process, Publication and Marketing. If you want a PDF copy, just leave your email address in a comment below or email me to request one. My email address is jqrose02 at gmail dot com. Everyone is a winner. Just leave a comment or email to get yours. Tell your friends and family too. We want to get this e-book into the hands of writers whether they are a new or seasoned writer.
Here's the schedule for this month's Dangerous Sanctuary blog tour. I hope you can join me and enter drawings for free gifts. I also share excerpts from the romantic suspense at many stops. You'll get insight into the main character, Pastor Christine Hobbs.
Dangerous Sanctuary
Available at amazon in ebook and paperback

Please join me on the blog tour for giveaways, excerpts, and fun. Thank you!

DECEMBER
9 Diane Burton 
13 Foxes and Hounds 
13 Marsha West
19 Juneta Key
20 Books We Love Insider Blog
27 and 28  Janet Lane Walters


Deadly Undertaking by J.Q. Rose

What a week of riches! I'm also a guest at Paranormal Romantics featuring Henry the Shadow Man in my romantic suspense, Deadly Undertaking. I also share tips on the care of Poinsettias and today--Monday is National Poinsettia Day! Timely advice, eh? Come and join us. Do you have a poinsettia in your home?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG Blog Hop Question of the Month, Dangerous Sanctuary Book Tour, Marsha R. West and the Seasoned Romance Authors

Pearl Harbor Day, December 7
On this date, December 7, we commemorate the 75th anniversary of  Pearl Harbor Day  
and pay tribute to those who gave their lives to defend our country.

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. What an exciting day because I have my author friend Marsha West and her Seasoned Romance Group as guests AND today is the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group(IWSG) blog hop! 

Internet Writers Support Group Blog Hop
First Wednesday of every month.
What is IWSG? Founder of the  Insecure Writer’s Support Group and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" You're invited to become a member of this supportive group.

The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month.  The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page.
IWSG Question for the Month

IWSG Question for December IWSG Blog Hop:  
In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there? Five years from now I will have completed my memoir about the first year my husband and I were in the floral business, re-released a novella, released another e-book in the Vegetable Gardening series, won an award for one (or two) of my books, and according to my 7-year-old granddaughter Aubrey, we will have co-authored a book. The only way to get there is to sit down and write every day. And that's my plan.

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Dangerous Sanctuary Virtual Book Tour
First Stop is at Diane Burton's blog on Friday, December 9. Come join us!
Another cause for excitement today is announcing the kick-off of the Dangerous Sanctuary Book Tour. I'll be hopping around cyberspace visiting those generous authors/bloggers who are helping me get the word out about my latest release, Dangerous Sanctuary.  
Dangerous Sanctuary by J.Q. Rose
Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined 
she would be caring for a flock that includes 
a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
Last month I shared my "insecurity" about offering a re-issue of the book, Coda to Murder. With your encouragement and advice,  I am delighted to say the book is now out and available at amazon in e-book and paperback. The re-release of this story is just as exciting as the original, but in a way, magnified ten times because now I can appreciate every minute of the event. Experience helps to calm fears and strengthen my belief this story is one that will be entertaining and inspiring to readers. 

If you read Coda to Murder previously, please leave a short review for Dangerous Sanctuary. Reviews do not stay with the re-release of the book. If you'd like to read a sample or download a copy, click here for the amazon link.

Thank you for your support last month on moving forward with this plan. Throwing big hugs to you!!
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 Meet romantic suspense author Marsha R. West 
and the Seasoned Romance Authors.

Welcome, Marsha. Please tell us about your group and your exciting book sale.

I like stories with older characters. Do you?  Like 40s on up? I do, and that’s what I write. Like-minded authors have formed a Facebook group called Seasoned Romance and for 
Dec. 7, 8, & 9, you can find one of our books for 99 Cents
Meet the authors and find great reads. Please check out the link for Seasoned Romances here and stock up on some great books for little dough.

My book is the first in the Second Chances Series, SECOND ACT. 

  
Second Act by Marsha R. West
Romantic Suspense
Meet four women, now in middle age, 

who’ve been friends since they met at summer camp. 
Whether they realize it or not, they all need a second chance. 

Back of the Book:

When a member of the board of a non-profit arts agency in Fort Worth turns up dead, the homicide detective assigned to the case looks at everyone involved in the organization, including the Executive Director. 
Addison Jones Greer, divorced mother of two teens, is the Executive Director of Cowtown Theatre. When a board member is found in the costume room murdered, suspicion rests on everyone involved with the theatre, including Addie. She has angered some board members because she wants to fire the Artistic Director. Although she’s warned him several times, he continues to go over budget for productions.
Mike Riley, Fort Worth homicide detective, hates that he caught this case. His sister-in-law dragged him to a theatre fundraiser where he met Addison, the first woman he’s wanted to pursue a relationship with in a long time. Not about to happen now.
Addison hasn’t ventured into romance since she caught her now ex-husband in their bed with his secretary. As a result, she doesn’t do trust. How could she trust someone who seems determined to think she’s capable of murder? Or worse, thinks her kids might be involved.
SECOND ACT is Book 1 of the Second Chances Series. We meet four women, now in middle age, who’ve been friends since they met at summer camp. Whether they realize it or not, they all need a second chance.
I hope you’ll check out at least a few of the other authors. Let me know if you do and what you liked about these books.
There’s a FB Hop going on for the 3 days, too, and here’s the link.
Seasoned Romance  Facebook Hop Link  
If you haven’t already liked Marsha's FB author page, click here to do so now.
 A big thank you to JQ Rose for hosting me and the Seasoned Romance authors.  
You're welcome, Marsha. I love this Second Chance series. 
I checked your Seasoned Romance site. Lots of books and authors there. Best wishes!
Dear Reader, please leave a comment below. Have you done a virtual book tour? Any advice for me? Have you hosted a VBT author? Are you a romance reader?