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Donna Schlacter’s latest release is featured in today’s blog. I know you will enjoy what she has to say about her first traditionally-published full-length historical. How this multi-talented lady has time to write is beyond me! Donna has also graciously offered you a chance to receive a free copy of this new release. Leave a comment to enter a random drawing for an ebook copy of Double Jeopardy. Enjoy!

Donna Schlachter, Author

Spotlight on Double Jeopardy, by Donna Schlachter

January 7th, 2020 is release day for my first traditionally-published full-length historical. Set in 1880, Becky Campbell leaves her wealthy New York lifestyle in search of her father, only to learn he was murdered in the small town of Silver Valley, Colorado. Unable to return to her mother in humiliation and defeat, she determines to fulfill her father’s dream—to make the Double Jeopardy profitable.

Zeke Graumann, a local rancher, is faced with a hard decision regarding his land and his dream. After several years of poor weather and low cattle prices, he will either have to take on a job to help pay his overhead expenses, or sell his land. He hires on with this Easterner for two reasons: he can’t turn his back on a damsel in distress. And he needs the money.

Becky isn’t certain Zeke is all he claims to be, and after a series of accidents at her mine, wonders if he isn’t behind it, trying to get her to sell out so he can take over.

Zeke finds many of Becky’s qualities admirable and fears he’s losing his heart to her charms, but also recognizes she was never cut out to be a rancher’s wife.

Can Becky overcome her mistrust of Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture—before her mother arrives in town, thinking she’s coming for her daughter’s wedding? And will Zeke be forced to give up his dream and lose his land in order to win Becky’s heart?

Leave a comment to enter a random drawing for an ebook copy of Double Jeopardy.

Available at Amazon.com and fine booksellers in your area.

About Donna:
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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Gratitude


My latest release.

A funny thing happened on my way to finishing my work in progress (a non-fiction tale about submission). My husband told me he wanted me to write a book about gratitude. He seemed sure it had to be done immediately, so I filed away the submission book and submitted my time to writing what has turn into a blessing. Gratitude is a five minute a day devotional focusing on thanking God for His many blessings.

This book contains amazing pictures of scenes from around the world. These beautiful scenes can help you focus on our Creator and remember all He has done for you. It is amazing what the very act of being grateful can do for our physical bodies. Only five minutes of listing as few as three things a day can change your personality and make you a happier person. This activity of being grateful can actually lower your blood pressure and help you relax.

This week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day. What better time to begin a precious time of realizing how the Lord has blessed you? You can have that conversation with Him every day, thanking Him. Forty days will begin the habit, after that it will become a natural response whenever you recognize a blessing from Him!

Gratitude devotions don’t take more than five or ten minutes a day and has been used to begin and end Bible Studies, prayer time, and quiet times. I know this book will bless you.

Gratitude is available on kindle, audible, and paperback. It is also available in English and Spanish.

Here’s the link to order >https://www.amazon.com/s?k=gratitude+vicki+andree&ref=nb_sb_noss

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Western Wall

The last few days I’ve been at home waiting out the snowstorm here in Colorado. Quiet, but productive days at home seem difficult to come by these days. Too often I have days filled with running errands, making appointments, and social luncheons. A snow day turned out to be a blessing for me. Recently, I was reminded by a friend that I had not posted for quite some time. I checked and it’s been six months since my last entry.

In an attempt to resume more of a routine blogging schedule, I combed through memories of visits to Jerusalem. I hope you enjoy this repeat of a blog from several years ago:

This morning I logged onto one of my bookmarked favorite sites: Live Western Wall Camera at Aish.com. It reminded me of my visits to Jerusalem, which always included trips to the Temple Mount. Each time is memorable and unique. The first time is always the most memorable and I talk about it in my book, On Our Own in Jerusalem’s Old City.. That particular visit to the Temple Mount included some confusion about being in the Dome of the Rock when my friend, Jan Buntrock, and I discovered that we were actually in the Al Aksa Mosque, so much for informed American tourists (We were students at Jerusalem University College). The second time I visited Jerusalem I walked over to the Western Wall from the Cardo. It was a year later and my mother and my husband enjoyed a leisurely lunch while I itched to get over to the Wall. They finally agreed that I should go and could be excused. I was surprised how easily I remembered the way. This time I felt an urgency to pray at the Western Wall in particular. What I had to say to God I wanted to say at the Wall.

My greatest desire was to stand in front of the Western Wall on that day to pray and to place notes in the Wall for my friends. Just standing before the monumental Wall, feeling the presence of the Lord, and meditating on His grace gave me a glorious peace. I felt like I was home at last. I sighed in complete contentment as I prayed and stuffed written prayers in the Wall for friends and relatives. Even today, they have no idea that their names are wedged in cracks in the Holy Wall half way around the world.

Why make a special trip to the Wall of the Temple Mount? “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” (Matthew 23:37). Jesus loved Jerusalem. He wept over Jerusalem. He longed to gather its inhabitants together under His wings of love and protection. God chose Jerusalem as the holy city in which He would reside in the Temple on the Temple Mount. Believers were expected to come here at least three times a year to celebrate feasts of the Lord. God wanted His people to join Him here. When I’m in Jerusalem I feel like I’m in His hometown. Whether I’m at the Wall or on the Temple Mount I feel like I’m at His front door. My prayers constitute my sacrifice as I lay my soul before Him. Because of the holiness of those moments, I like to use my prayer book and pray prayers of praise in Hebrew. Over the years I have prayed in many different places throughout the world, and sometimes in desperate situations. However, my worship times at the Wall are precious and deeply moving, some of the best of times with my God.

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On June 13 I will speak to His Writers at Barns and Noble on 94th and Sheridan in Westminster. “Self-Publish or Perish” is the title of the presentation for my writer friends. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm. We would love for you to visit.

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the citadel

the citadel

If you’ve never been to Jerusalem, you should go. It is the trip of lifetime, especially if you take the time to do some research before you go. This amazing city has been totally destroyed twice, captured forty-four times, and attacked fifty two times. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, that why I wrote a book about it.

“On Our Own In Jerusalem’s Old City” takes you with me and my husband on a spectacular twenty-six days within the walls of the ancient city (with only a few exceptions). If you’ve never been there, you will feel like you are walking with us as we discover the secrets of the old city.

On Our Own in Jerusalem's Old City - Two Born Again Christians Explore Their Hebraic Roots

On Our Own in Jerusalem’s Old City – Two Born Again Christians Explore Their Hebraic Roots

Happy Trails!

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Here’s another look at what I wrote in my book, “On Our Own In Jerusalem’s Old City” about our 2009 adventure in Jerusalem, from “Cauliflower and Cats” – Part of the adventure in traveling is enjoying different foods in another country. One night as exhaustedly returning to the hotel, we stopped for a nice meal in a local restaurant. We chose the salad bar to get in some veggies, and David offered to bring back a plate for me while I washed up. This is the plate he brought back for me. I am a very visual person when it comes to food and sarcastically asked, “What is that plastic looking stuff?” He said it must be a local thing, but he knew that I like color, so he thought we should try it.

Well, to me it should at least look edible, but I can close my eyes if I have to. I decided he should go first. He tried a bite and then I tried a bite and we both agreed it tasted even worse than it looks. It is some kind of pickled cauliflower just in case you are wondering. I like pickles, but this was over the top. Sometimes they served cold fish on the breakfast buffet. I drew the line there too. The bread on the other hand, was wonderful in Jerusalem and we often made a meal of bread we picked up from a street vendor on the way back the Gloria Hotel.

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The are several mentions of cats in the book, this is one of them:

“Cats abound here. People like cats because they keep the pests down. No one I know here actually owns a cat. People feed cats to keep them alive. Many times, walking back to the Gloria, I see dried cat food sprinkled along the edge of the street.”

When we were touring The Citadel, we saw these cute kittens inside the museum. There are cats everywhere in Jerusalem and watching these little guys play was a real joy. One day in the Museum of Psalms, a cat kept chasing the end of my cane like it was a string, so I played along for a little while by waving the tip in the air and letting him attack it. You can have fun almost anywhere in Jerusalem if you have time and aren’t rushing to the next activity. Not rushing was the best thing about spending 25 days inside the ancient walls of Jerusalem. It’s such a small area that we had plenty of time to really enjoy it and get a flavor of the city behind the tourist sites.

Happy Trails!

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November, 2015

November 8th I am scheduled to speak at Alma Temple. My presentation is titled “Walking with the LORD.” The service begins at 6:00 pm. Beginning at 6:30 pm the message will be on live radio broadcast on AM910, KPOF, and audio streaming via the internet. Please join us. Alma Temple is located at 1340 Sherman Street, half a block from the state capitol building, Denver, Colorado.

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Donna Schlachter Today's Guest Author

Donna Schlachter
Today’s Guest Author

Donna Schlachter writes historical suspense from Denver, while her alter ego, Leeann Betts, pens contemporary suspense. When not writing or praying, you will find them traveling for research for the next book, and the next book.  Follow them at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com or www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com . Check out their books at Amazon, NOOK, and Smashwords.

Writing on a Deadline

By Donna Schlachter

Just when you think things can’t get any busier, they do – you have a deadline to produce a certain number of words by a certain date. Maybe you’re under contract for a book. Maybe it’s a magazine article, a devotional, or even a simple blog like this one.

And yet that date looms like a guillotine over you head.

You sit at the computer and will the words to come. But they won’t.

Perhaps a walk around the block. And hour later you limp home after twisting an ankle stepping off the curb. Ice the swelling. Then heat. Then a nap. Then –

Wait a minute. What about the deadline.

Back to the computer. Sit in the chair. Stare at the screen.

Nothing.

Now what?

Now is the time to do what you should have done the first time you sat down.

Pray.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Pray.

This is my favorite version: Lord, give me ears to hear the words You dictate. Let me transcribe this story/blog/article/devotional/poem for You. And thank You for letting me be the first person to hear these words. May Your words change me first, and then change others. Amen.

Not only is this prayer on target, it also reminds me who is the Boss. This prayer humbles me to my rightful position. And being a transcriber is Biblical. Even the Apostle Paul says he had scribes who wrote for him.

That’s our job. That’s our goal. Write the only story worth telling, from the One who is the Creator of story.

And by the way, once I have my priorities right, it’s not a deadline; it’s a lifeline.

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RECENTLY RELEASED: Second Cups and Second Chances – sweet stories of second chances from a God of second chances. Available at Amazon.com in print and digital

WRITING AS LEEANN BETTS: Counting the Days: a 31-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk and No Accounting for Murder, Book 1 of By the Numbers series,  recently released as an eBook at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: 100 Answers to 100 Questions about Loving Your Husband, Strang Communications AND Quiet Moments Alone with God, Baker/Bethany

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My latest release. Are women of the Bible misunderstood?

My latest release. Are women of the Bible misunderstood?

 My intention in writing this book is not to rewrite the Scriptures, but to encourage readers to reconsider the notes and commentaries written years ago by learned men. Commentaries have made an enormous contribution to those of us who want to better understand the Scriptures. In most cases I agree completely with their remarks. However, in the case of judgments against women, opinions written by men from ages past leave me wondering if they really understood.

Women have been misunderstood since time began. In ages past, women became possessions of their fathers when they were born into this world and were passed to another man when they were married, if that husband died, they were often passed to a brother, just as one would pass a pet from one family to another.

If these same commentaries had been written by women, they would most certainly tell a different story.

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A Sneak Peek

Misunderstood

Misunderstood

My latest book will be released sometime within the month of October. I couldn’t wait to share the cover with you. This is my third non-fiction book. The subject emphasizes misunderstood women in the Bible.

In the past, most accounts of women in the Bible have been portrayed in notes and commentaries written by men. What if, like many women throughout history, these women were simply misunderstood?

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