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About Linda W. Yezak
Linda W. Yezak lives with her husband and their funky feline, PB, in Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She has a deep and abiding love for her Lord, her family, and salted caramel. And coffee—with a caramel creamer. Author of award-winning books and short stories, she didn't begin writing professionally until she turned fifty. Taking on a new career every half century is a good thing.
Linda's writing grabs attention from readers and critics alike. Her first novel, Give the Lady a Ride, won the 2011 Grace Award and was a finalist in both the ACFW Genesis and Carol Award contests. The Cat Lady's Secret was also a Genesis Award finalist in 2010, and The Final Ride won the 2017 Texas Association of Authors Best Fiction Award in the Christian Fiction category. Saturday Evening Post gave her short story, "Slider," an honorary mention and published it in their America's Great Fiction Contest. Her most recent honor was when her novella, Ice Melts in Spring, was a finalist for the Selah Award in 2019.
A self-described nut, she says, "I keep my feet candy-coated, because there's no telling when one or both will land in my mouth."
Candy flavor of choice? "Peppermint. Chocolate melts too fast."
Her primary claim to fame is her remarkable ability to walk with her feet in her mouth.
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Mitch O'Hara, her seat mate, keeps her distracted during the flight to San Antonio, but from there, she's on her own.
Or is she?
If Mitch felt protective of the wide-eyed, white knuckled beauty during the flight, imagine how he’ll feel the next day, when he finds her at the skydiving school, fumbling with the zipper of her jumpsuit.
By now, JoJo is certain of two things: she doesn’t want to fall from a plane, and she doesn’t want to fall for Mitch.
She’ll be in San Antonio for only five days. Can Mitch convince her to take a leap?
Feeling discouraged and need some encouragement?
Read 31 Devotions for Writers, written by published authors who want to help encourage you in your writing through God’s written Word.
Writing can often be discouraging. Some writers have spouses or children who don’t understand why they spend so much time on the computer. You may face a multitude of rejection from agents or publishers. Or you may not get encouragement in the form of reviews or be nominated for an award. So why do we write? Because we can’t give it up! God has called us to write and we feel compelled to pour out our soul in written words. The Bible says, Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Which is the purpose of this devotional, to encourage you that you are not alone. Other writers have dealt with similar feelings or frustrations, or question themselves, their writing or their motives. I pray that each of you is encouraged as you read the devotions by all of the authors. May God bless you and give you the encouragement and peace you need.
Susette Williams, Rachel Hauck, Julie Lessman, Gail Gaymer Martin, Cynthia Hickey, Diana Brandmeyer, Linda Yezak, Lynette Sowell, Arlene James, Suzanne D. Williams, Janet Chester Bly, Christa Allan, Deb Kastner, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Terri Gillespie, Kimberly Rae Jordan, Jill Hart, Amanda Tru, Ann Shorey, Samantha Fury, Darlene Shortridge, Ellen Kennedy, Darlene Franklin, Ginny Aiken, Delia Latham, Carla Olson Gade, Michelle Sutton, Sherry Chamblee, Cheri Swalwell and Jim Hughes.
This thoughtful and provocative book is a quick read for anyone considering Christian Fiction as their genre of choice.
But when her aunt Adele arrives on a mission to bring her back to New York by hook or by crook, Patricia’s primary duty is to deflect the bumbling and bullish attempts–until one of Adele’s tricks takes her by surprise.
All of Talon Carlson’s dreams for the Circle Bar Ranch are coming true, along with another dream he never expected to be fulfilled–a chance to love again. Patricia is everything he ever wanted and more, but he made a promise to her not to ride bulls again, a promise he may have to break.
His desire for a better end to his riding career is intensified by vicious rumors about why he quit. If he rides again, he may provide the ammunition Adele needs to make Patricia leave. If he doesn’t, he’ll prove the gossips right.
Patricia or Talon. Which one will take The Final Ride?
Talon Carlson is a rugged bull rider from Texas.
He thinks she's too polished.
She thinks he's insane.
Opposites aren't quick to attract when the lady who enters the cowboy's world is on a mission to sell the ranch. But a box of letters changes her mission-letters of unshakable faith and a love deeper than anything she's ever experienced.
Soon she finds his integrity appealing. Her spunk draws him in. He has the faith she craves; she may be the love he longs for. But faith and love aren't achieved in a single weekend.
To buy time to explore the possibilities between them, she issues a challenge: "Teach me to ride bulls."
From here on, they're in for the ride of their lives.
Sweet Christian romance on a ranch, complete with cowboys, cattle, and rodeo fun!
For more than 200 years, The Saturday Evening Post has been publishing a who's who of American authors -- Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Louis L'Amour, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Sinclair Lewis, among so many others -- and continues to support the legacy of the storyteller. The Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2016 features 31 new must-read stories.
Taming the west—one heart at a time.
Healing HeartLonnie Holt’s external scars remind him of his failures, his internal scars torment him. Genny Collins seeks safety at the ranch once owned by Lonnie’s uncle. When Lonnie and his brother arrive, sparks fly and distrust abounds. While Lonnie and Genny fight the love growing between them, his past haunts him, and her past pays them a visit.
Becoming BraveWhen Coy Whittaker stumbles upon a grisly scene littered with bodies, he wants nothing more than to get his boss’s cattle out of Indian Territory. But when a bloodstained Aimee Kaplan draws down on him, his plans—and his heart—screech to a halt.
Trail’s EndWade Chadwick has no money until his boss’s cattle sell, so he takes a kitchen job at Abby’s Home Cooking. The beautiful and prickly owner adds spice to his workday. Abby Cox hires the down-and-out cowboy even though the word cowboy leaves a bad taste in her mouth. Just as she’s ready to trust Wade with her heart, money starts to disappear … and so does her brother.
Loving a Harvey GirlEva Knowles can't imagine why the local preacher doesn't like Harvey Girls—women who work serving tables instead of finding a husband and falling in love. But if Eva can get the handsome and wayward cowboy Cal Stephens to join her in church, maybe the reverend will accept the girls. Or maybe she'll forfeit her job for a husband, hearth, and home!
But that mystery isn't their only obstacle. To placate her father, Patricia must return to her hometown of Manhattan to make amends with her mother, the interfering, dominating woman she has hardly spoken to in a year. Her father decides it is time for them to declare a truce, but considering the depth of anger she holds against her mother, how can she?
While she is away, Talon discovers that the attacks on the ranch are connected to the murder of his first fiancée over eight years ago. Memories plague him and emotions confound him as he scrambles to discover who is trying to destroy him and the ranch.
By the time Patricia returns from New York, the strikes against the Circle Bar have become more aggressive, to the point of injury for one of the ranch hands.
Before they can move forward together, each have to resolve the past. Their Ride to the Altar has twists and turns neither ever considered. Will they be able to start their new life with a clean slate?
Four seasons. Four stories. Each one set in the enchanting world of the South. These are the kinds of stories your grandmother told you from a front porch swing.
Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak
When Kerry Graham's boss forces her to return to the Gulf of Mexico where her husband drowned years ago, she feels only spring's chill and not the warmth of the Texas sun. Can the joy of a reclusive author and the compassion of a shrimp-boat preacher thaw Kerry's frigid heart?
Lillie Beth in Summer by Eva Marie Everson
With the untimely death of his wife, Dr. James Gillespie believes God has abandoned him. He also believes he's never met anyone like the young widow Lillie Beth, whose beloved Granny lies dying at home, and who sees a God who sweeps hope through a farmhouse window. Can a young woman whose husband died in Vietnam restore a faith that is all but dead?
Through an Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton
Because her larger than life mother Daphne Goodwyn is dead, forty-year-old Cate returns to Memphis with one thought in mind: something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral. But surrounded by the well-mannered society that raised her, the nostalgic rites of a three-day, autumn mourning bring the unexpected gift of the end of sibling rivalry.
A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan
With Broadway stardom within her reach, Morgan James returns home in winter to help an old friend. Maybe it s just nostalgia, but when she sees him again, an old flame rekindles. When she s called back to NYC to take the lead in a new musical, will fame be worth losing the man she loves?
Many of us authors tend to live in our heads, direct what we have to say to the page rather than a crowd, and tolerate outsiders for only as long as our creative minds allow before slipping back into our craniums with thoughts of "that would make a great story!" or "what an intriguing character he would be!"
Like it or not, though, after we publish that great story about the intriguing character, we have to promote it and ourselves. A variety of tools exist to help us with promotions, and even for those of us who rank high on the timidity scale, public speaking is one of those tools. Standing in front of a group can turn the most confident person into a self-conscious, sweaty-palmed, knobby-kneed teenager. The very thought can make us want to bathe in invisible ink.
That’s why the best time to develop your speaking skills is before you've even been invited to speak. If you know this is something you want to try, start preparing now.
Author Linda Yezak offers her tips and tricks to help you reach out, speak up, and promote yourself with confidence.