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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.


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.


Now what?

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


Yes, you read that correctly.


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.

Follow Donna and Leeann at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com or www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com . Check out their books at Amazon, NOOK, and Smashwords.

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.

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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



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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