Thursday, December 14, 2017

True Repentance

When He arrives, He will uncover the sins of the world, expose unbelief as sin, and allow all to see their sins in the light of righteousness for the first time. (Jn 16:8 VOICE)

And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (NKJV)


We wear our feelings on our sleeve and dare anyone to bump up against us. Instead of bandaging our wounded pride, we draw a target around it and wait for the first person to draw aim. Everything goes. Anything anyone wants to be, do, think, or anyway they want to behave is acceptable. We are, after all, “born this way.”




When did sin stop being sin? When did the “works of the flesh,” adultery, fornication, uncleanness, and etcetera become passé? (Gal 5:19-21) The Bible says the Word of God stands forever, but clearly, in the eyes of many, the things spoken in the Word are outdated. (Is 40:8) We avoid the subject of hell, not wanting to offend anyone. But the Truth is “no man” will see Father God without first accepting Jesus as Lord. He is the ONLY way to heaven and part of that process is repentance. (Jn 14:6)

So produce fruit that is consistent with repentance [demonstrating new behavior that proves a change of heart, and a conscious decision to turn away from sin] (Mt 3:8 AMP).

Repentance implies our conviction of wrong-doing. The Greek word means “compunction (for guilt).” (G3341, Strong’s) People have a ready list of excuses for their misbehavior, but to show repentance, we will, first, feel guilty. We will be ashamed.

Both inside the church, as Christians, who are following Christ AND people outside the church, the unsaved must come to the point where they see sin as sin and feel the weight of that sin. Yes, God loves everyone, and Jesus died for “whosoever.” (Jn 3:16) Yes, we are told to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” (Gal 5:14) That thought, in itself, is profound and speaks of having humility.

But shame for wrongdoing serves a purpose.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life.” The fact there is a choice to make says one of those choices is wrong, and wrong choices lead to wrong destinations, outside of the will of God. Additionally, Romans 8:1 tell us there is no condemnation to those who walk in Christ. That means, there IS condemnation outside of Christ. However, you can walk outside of Christ’s instruction while going to church, while reading your Bible.

The apostle Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2Ti 4:7) He was also the first to admit he was the chief of sinners. (1Ti 1:15) How can he say both things? Because no matter who we are, how we’ve lived, or what we’ve done, true repentance leads to life and peace. (Rm 8:6) And once it is received, we never have to look back at the past again. We find freedom. (Rm 8:2)

But we cannot dismiss the power of conviction, of shame and guilt, in putting us in a position to receive that life.

The target we carry, our need to be defensive of our sin, our being so easily offended when anyone steps on our toes will prevent us from having God’s best, and without acceptance of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, it will send us to hell.

He’s provided the way out. He’s provided love and safety and blessings. It’s up to us to turn away from sin and take hold of it.

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Story Saturdays

From The Author:

This year, I released 15 novels or novellas, with 6 of those as 2 complete sets. I also finished the Billionaire Boys Club series, which was a definite highlight. I have two new series to complete in 2018, and some ideas for others, cooking in my head. I am also working on the final book in the Florida Irish series. It has been a long time coming.

Thank you to my email subscribers, especially, for following along. I hope the books I provided in my giveaways gave a few minutes of entertainment. I will continue to provide free books next year, though I haven't firmed the schedule yet in my head.

Until then, look for price updates, and be sure to grab the sales items while you can!

Devotionals:

I have a new devotional in the Becky Combee Ministries, Inc. newsletter for November. There will be another in December. By subscribing to their email list, you will receive more information about both. Visit www.beckycombeeministries.com.

Also, my testimonial book, FEARLESS, is on sale right now at all sales websites for only 99 cents. Visit the ministry sales page for all links.

I post devotionals monthly on the Crossreads website as well. If you'd like to be notified of those, follow me on Facebook or Twitter or pay attention to this blog for links.


HUGE 99 CENT YA FICTION SALE!


All of my single young adult romance stories are only 99 cents at all websites from now until 2018. This includes "A Miracle for Mari" and "Secret Admirer". Look for sales links on my "Young Adult" or "Christmas Romance" sales pages.

Now Available:

IMPERFECT COWBOY is now available at other sales websites - Barnes & Noble, KOBO, itunes, Scribd, etc.

I am also making THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART available for other ereaders within the next couple weeks. Look for that sales link on the blog when it becomes viable.

Don't Miss These Sets:

GOD, GIRLS, & COWBOYS
Amazon

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
Amazon

Both sets have EXCLUSIVE stories unavailable anywhere else! And, of course, both are free on Kindle Unlimited.

On Sale for 99 Cents:

A FAKE BOYFRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS
Amazon
Free on Kindle Unlimited

A COWBOY FOR A LIFETIME
Amazon
Free on Kindle Unlimited



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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Story Saturdays


The BIG CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY is coming!

This means FREE BOOKS! Both Kindle and epub versions will be provided. This is the ONLY place to receive an epub version of some of these stories ... AND I guarantee you will receive some of my new stories in the bundle.

To take part, you must be an email subscriber. Visit www.feelgoodromance.com or find me on Facebook. Emails are powered by Feedblitz and guaranteed spam free. Deadline to join is 7 a.m. 11/30/2017.

Now available at other sales websites:
Including itunes, Barnes & Noble, KOBO, Scribd, & more.
 as well as Amazon.

 
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HUGE YOUNG ADULT FICTION SALE!

All my single stories are 99 cents at all sales websites, including "A Miracle for Mari" and "Secret Admirer". (For other sales links, visit the webpage.)

AGAIN, any stand alone YA story is only 99 cents!
  
 

Lastly, remember all sales prices have their own webpage, and now, so do sets! You won't want to miss what's on sale this holiday season!

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Story Saturdays



FREE to Email Subscribers

This month's free book is "A Cowboy For A Lifetime". The deadline to sign up as an email subscriber is short, though. You must join by 7 a.m. October 31st to receive the download link.

Next month's November giveaway is my annual big Christmas package. Stay tuned for the contents in the next couple weeks. You WILL NOT want to miss it.

For epub readers:

I love my epub readers. If there's a book you want to read that is unavailable as an epub (for instance, it is in the Kindle Select program), the best place to get your copy is by being a subscriber. And here's a HUGE HINT ... look for some of my new books in the November giveaway, where I always provide both Kindle (mobi) and epub copies.

99 Cent Sales:

A FAKE BOYFRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS
*contemporary fiction
Kindle Unlimited Book

GLASS
*romantic suspense / Halloween alternative

EIGHT TO ONE
*historical romance for young adults

All my sales are available in one place on the blog!

New Sets!

I have two new sets released. Both contain EXCLUSIVE stories, available only in the sets. Both sets are only 99 cents!



Kindle Unlimited Set
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Kindle Unlimited Book

Also ...

Book 1 and 2 of a 3 book series, "Grace & Cowboys" have been released at the same time. You will find Book 1 in the "God, Girls, & Cowboys" set. You won't want to miss Book 2, though!

AND all my sets now have their own spot on the blog, so you don't have to search for them.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Story Saturdays

A Brief Note:

Email subscribers can reply to any of my emails or blog posts from within their inbox. I receive all replies and will always respond.

Now On Sale:

*All books on sale for a limited time can be found on my sales page. The books listed here are not my only current sales.



99 Cents
Kindle Unlimited Book


Now Available:

The final book in the Barrow Bros. Brides series.




Upcoming:

Saddle up for a pleasant ride – all the boots and blue jeans a woman can take in four faith-filled stories. And ... Story #3, “Singing Cowboy:  Going Home” is EXCLUSIVE to this set. You won’t find it anywhere else!

Available in November!


Also Look For:

I will have a set of Christmas stories available in November, as well. Included are several exclusive to the set. Look for more information in the next few weeks!



This month's giveaway:

Lastly, there will be a FREE BOOK to email subscribers on October 31st. You have to be a subscriber to get it. Also, November's giveaway will be a biggie. You won't want to miss it!

To subscribe, visit my webpage and look in the right-hand column. All emails are powered by Feedblitz and guaranteed spam free.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It's A Done Deal

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2Ti 1:12)

I had a BBQ sandwich for lunch – sliced ham slathered in sauce, French fries, green beans, and hush puppies with a bowl of homemade pickles. I sat at an over-varnished picnic table in a down-home local restaurant between “good ol’ boys” on their lunch break and enjoyed every bite.

No one anywhere can tell me I wasn’t there and didn’t eat it. For one thing, I have the receipt. For another, there are witnesses who’d remember seeing me at the table in the corner. My daughter, who sat across from me. The waitress who will recall taking my order. The girl at the register who’ll say I paid for the meal.




It’s equally ridiculous for anyone to say God doesn’t exist, and Jesus didn’t die on the cross. I’ve experienced both. God is real to me. Jesus lives in my heart. Those are absolutes.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t save anymore. He saved me.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t heal anymore. He healed me.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t rescue or deliver. He delivered me from paralyzing fear.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t prosper and provide for physical needs. He’s provided for mine many times.

You can’t convince me there’s any “good” to walking in the darkness when I’ve already experienced the light.

No man can undo how I’ve lived. I did get married in 1989. I did have a daughter in 1993. I buried one of my beloved grandmothers in 2008. I published my first book in 2011.

And yesterday, I had BBQ. It’s a fact. A done deal.

So is the work of Christ in my heart. Oh, I mess up frequently. I’m short-tempered and impatient with others. I must repent daily and lean on God’s mercies. But there isn’t a doubt in my mind where I stand in Christ. (Php 3:9)

My mother used to tell me, whenever I’d come home from school complaining about something this friend or that friend said, she’d say, “But they’re wrong.” That has solved more things in my life over the years.

Because the fact is, if you try to tell me God’s a myth, you’re wrong. If you try to say He doesn’t love everyone, you’re wrong. If you try to say my prayers aren’t heard and I shouldn’t expect an answer, you’re wrong. These are things I’ve already proven.

No government, political party, misled celebrity, confused Christian, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature can separate me from the love of God, in Christ, my Savior. (Rm 8:38-39)

I’ve sat at the table. I’ve eaten the meal. I HAVE THE RECEIPT. Written in the blood of Christ, paid for when He hung on the cross, sealed when He rose from the dead. I have witnesses, a cloud of them in heavenly places.

And here’s the best part – if you can’t say that, God is standing here with an outstretched hand waiting to do the same for you! Anyone who comes to Him, He won’t cast out. (Jn 6:37)

I’ll take it even further. You don’t think you need Him. You’ve lived your life minus God this far. Perhaps, you’re the person trying to convince me to give up, to turn loose, to let go, to realize how wrong I am. I’m wrong frequently and have to admit it. I’m a work in progress, learning every day to be a better person than I was the day before, but in this – in God’s salvation – I’m not wrong at all.

I’ve already been there, hand-in-hand with Christ when He raised me from the lowest place. It wasn’t a freak accident. He didn’t do it for me because in my delusion I needed something to worship. He did it because He’s alive. He did it because He’s willing and able. He’s infinite unfathomable love.

All God, all powerful, all day. You can count on it.

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Story Saturdays



You must be an email subscriber before 7 a.m. on 9/30/2017 to receive this month's FREE BOOK download link. All emails are powered by Feedblitz and guaranteed spam free. The exact book is to be decided and will probably come to me at the very last second. This has been a crazy, stressful month.

On Sale for 99 Cents:

I have created a new SALES page as a "go to" for any readers wanting a quick reference to what is currently marked down to 99 cents. All of these sales are for a limited time, so be sure to get your copy of whatever is listed.

Additionally, I am looking for new reviews, and yours just might show up on the sales page!

EDEN
*Contemporary Adult
All Other Sales Links

GLASS
*Contemporary Adult / Halloween Alternative

TAKE MY BREATH AWAY
*YA Romantic Suspense
Amazon (Only)

 Now Available:


HOT IN TEXAS
(Cowboys of the Double R) Book 2
*Contemporary Western
Amazon
Kindle Unlimited Book
 
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SHE LOVES ME IN THE FALL: The Neighbor
(Barrow Bros. Brides) Book 3

What's Up Next:

I am working on two new Christmas-themed stories. Both will be available ONLY in a set I am sponsoring. I will also have a contemporary western set - all the cowboys you can stand to sit and read about for one low price. Including Book 1 of a new series, Grace & Cowboys, not yet released! You won't want to miss it!

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Note To My Readers


Dear Readers,

I was in the path of Hurricane Irma. I still do not have power at home and so am living a bit like a refugee. I have to make light of it or lose my mind. 

You do not have any concept of how difficult it is to live with 2 million people who do not have power until you've been there. It means no businesses are open as well. Slowly the power is coming on now, but people are fighting over gas and stations empty quick. Food lines are long and restaurants have limited menus. 

To top all of that off, the computer that wrote 100 books has begun to die. Buying a new one, of course, involves travel (using gas) and finding the business open and hoping they have what I want. Then I will have to load software for figurative hours. This means writing is difficult to do and posts on social media limited, so if I'm not responding to emails, you will understand why. I love my readers and apologize for the interruption.

There will be a FREE BOOK this month. I hope to have my act together before then. In the meantime, check out my new sales page to see what's only 99 cents now.

Please pray for us in Florida. God bless.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Story Saturdays

FREE THIS MONTH!


This month I'm giving away copies of 2 books to my email subscribers. 

FLIGHT RISK (The Italian Series) Book 1 was free at Amazon on Monday, but I want my epub readers to also have a chance to get this exciting romantic suspense novel for FREE. I am including a copy of my latest series, SHE LOVES ME IN THE SPRING:  The Non-Honeymoon (Barrow Bros. Brides) Book 1 because the release of Book 3 is coming on September 4th.

This is the only way to receive an epub copy of "Flight Risk", so share the news with your friends!

As always, the rules:  Readers must be an email subscriber to receive the download link. All emails are powered by FeedBlitz and guaranteed spam free. Deadline to join is 7 a.m. August 30th.

News:

I have several devotionals I will put on the blog when I find the time. I try to space my posts out so no one is inundated.

Book 2 of my contemporary western series, "Cowboys of the Double R" will be released in September. It is currently with an editor.

On Sale For 99 Cents:

THE OTHER PLAYER
*Young Adult
Amazon (only)

EDEN
*Contemporary Adult

Now on Preorder (for release September 4th):

SHE LOVES ME IN THE FALL: The Neighbor (Barrow Bros. Brides) Book 3


Startled by his change of words, her face cleared, as if she didn’t know how to react. She was even prettier than when she was angry. He’d bet he couldn’t handle her being happy.

“Oh, that’s … Thanks. But …” She looked past him at the driveway, then to the right at his car. “You shouldn’t park there,” she said. “I have a new neighbor, and I don’t know when they’ll come home.”

“That’s the other thing,” he continued. “I’m the neighbor.”

Her voice became a squeak. “You?”

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Fed up with her life, Lorelai McDowell went back to college. Though she’s older than other students, it’s never too late to start over. She only needs to apply herself, and with enough dedication, she’ll earn her business degree.

Jarek Barrow took the job filling in for the school’s current business professor, happy to expand his horizons. He loves his home state, but, in light of his brothers’ recent marriages, needs to strike out on his own. He’ll make new friends, see new places.

Yet, tossed together unexpectedly, time and time again, her desire for success and his search for a new beginning might create the best thing of all. A chance to fall in love.

Book 3 of 4 in the BARROW BROS. BRIDES series by SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS.



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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Sunday, August 20, 2017

FREE Book Giveaway - 8/21-8/23/2017


FREE at Amazon
8/21-8/23/2017

For a look at the complete series, visit my webpage.

Gio twisted his shoulders, jerking himself upright, and hooked a foot around the door frame. One last try. There had to be a way out. “Sergeant,” he shouted. “Stay strong. Don’t give up.”

Don’t give up. God, help me. God. He would answer. Somewhere there was a purpose in this. But his doubts rose higher each time Sergeant screamed his name.

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Giovanni Cavatelli simply wants to survive this one hour balloon flight. Never mind the girl he’s flying is antagonistic, overbearing, and stubborn. Never mind it’s her birthday. So they don’t get along. He can survive one hour.

But when bad weather sends them crashing into the rural mountainside, one hour turns into three days and a dangerous game with a group of anti-government activists out to destroy them both.

Will her courage and skills be enough to save them? Or will something as simple as true love prove far stronger?

Book 1 of 5 in THE ITALIAN SERIES by best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS. Stand Alone. HEA. 47,000 words.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Story Saturdays

99 Cents Sale (Amazon only):

THE OTHER PLAYER
*Young Adult
Amazon


Now on Preorder:

SHE LOVES ME IN THE FALL:  The Neighbor (Barrow  Bros. Brides) Book 3
(Book Release September 4th)

Blurb:  Startled by his change of words, her face cleared, as if she didn’t know how to react. She was even prettier than when she was angry. He’d bet he couldn’t handle her being happy.

“Oh, that’s … Thanks. But …” She looked past him at the driveway, then to the right at his car. “You shouldn’t park there,” she said. “I have a new neighbor, and I don’t know when they’ll come home.”

“That’s the other thing,” he continued. “I’m the neighbor.”

Her voice became a squeak. “You?”

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Fed up with her life, Lorelai McDowell went back to college. Though she’s older than other students, it’s never too late to start over. She only needs to apply herself, and with enough dedication, she’ll earn her business degree.

Jarek Barrow took the job filling in for the school’s current business professor, happy to expand his horizons. He loves his home state, but, in light of his brothers’ recent marriages, needs to strike out on his own. He’ll make new friends, see new places.

Yet, tossed together unexpectedly, time and time again, her desire for success and his search for a new beginning might create the best thing of all. A chance to fall in love.

Now Available in Sets (Discounted Pricing):

FABULOUS (the complete set)
*YA Romance
Amazon
Free on Kindle Unlimited

THE CORALEE CHRONICLES (the complete set)
*YA Romance
Amazon
Free on Kindle Unlimited

Price Note: 

I have changed prices on many of my books. At 99 cents are the first books in any series. Otherwise, 99 cent prices will be short term, so pay attention to what's posted on the blog.

I have a first time freebie upcoming in a couple weeks. Look for news of that. Also, there will be a free book at the end of the month, the title to be announced later.

For books in the Kindle Unlimited program, visit my webpage. All titles with this designation will be noted on the book listing pages (by genre).

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

True Repentance

When He arrives, He will uncover the sins of the world, expose unbelief as sin , and allow all to see their sins in the light of righteou...