Marc Royce – My New Favorite Hero

Saturday November 23 2013 5:51 pm | Comments (1) Tags: , ,

Book Review: Strait of Hormuz

Get ready for an adrenaline rush because this book has it all. Money laundering, explosions, assassination attempts, fast cars, a castle, high-tech spy equipment, a multi-million dollar yacht, and international terrorism threats.

Strait of Hormuz is the first book I read by author Davis Bunn. It certainly won’t be my last. I’m hooked!

Although it is the third in the Marc Royce Adventures series, it reads well as a stand-alone title. I can’t wait to pick up the other two books in this series, Lion of Babylon and Rare Earth, published by Bethany House.

Strait of Hormuz

 

About Strait of Hormuz

ISBN (Trade Paperback): 978-0-7642-1138-6

ISBN (Hardback): 978-0-7642-1145-4

ISBN (eBook): 978-1-4412-6279-0

336 pages

November 5, 2013 from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Marc Royce is a recently fired United States agent asked to participate in a secret assignment to interrupt the plans for an Iranian nuclear terrorist threat through the narrow Strait of Hormuz.

The mission takes him to Switzerland, through Europe and into the Middle East.

Mr. Royce is joined by Kitra Koban, a beautiful Israeli woman with connections that will help Marc unwrap the intelligence information and make decisions that go against the agency’s commanders. His love interest in Kitra is challenged every step of the way as the suspense builds.

With potential for global disaster, the clock is ticking as new individuals become players in the race to stop this threat before it is too late. From the first scene to the last, mystery and intrigue ran through every chapter. I found myself never quite sure which of the characters I could trust. I enjoyed how faith joined characters from enemy countries for a common goal.

I highly recommend this book by Davis Bunn and encourage you to check out his many other titles. Read Chapters 1-3 of Strait of Hormuz for free.  Click Here

Mr. Bunn is also hosting an incredible sweepstakes. But Hurry!

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Sweepstakes!

To celebrate the release of Strait of Hormuz, Davis Bunn is hosting a big giveaway contest on his Facebook page.

  • Grand Prize is his and hers luxury watches      ($845 MSRP)
  • First Prize is a $150 Amazon gift card (just
    in time for your holiday shopping).

Entering is easy. Either click this link http://woobox.com/ipi8wk to go directly to the app and input your name and email address. Or go to Davis Bunn’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/davisbunnauthor and you’ll see signs and arrows that point to the app.

Times is almost up for this amazing giveaway! Increase your chances of winning by entering once per e-mail address per day through November 29 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Get bonus entries by sharing the contest with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers (just follow the prompts on your screen after entering).

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Pictured: Davis Bunn and his wife, Isabella Bunn.

Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Defined by readers and reviewers as a “wise teacher,” “gentleman adventurer,” “consummate writer,” and “Renaissance man,” his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.

Strait of Hormuz is the series finale of the popular Marc Royce Adventures. Library Journal named Lion of Babylon (Book 1) a “Best Book of 2011.”  Rare Earth (Book 2) won the 2013 Christy Award for best suspense novel and was a CBA top 20 best-seller.

If you want to learn more about Davis Bunn, here are links to his social media pages:

Website and Blog: www.davisbunn.com

What’s REALLY EXCITING about Davis Bunn, is that he has agreed to be the keynote speaker at our upcoming Northwest Christian Writers’ Renewal Conference April 11-12, 2014! We have the privilege of learning from this incredible author during his workshops and keynote presentations.

Join me at the conference. Or at least I hope you’ll pick up a copy of this book. You will be glad you did.

Happy reading!

Gigi

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

A Deeper Intimacy

Saturday November 9 2013 9:28 pm | Comments (1) Tags: , ,

I have been seeking a deeper intimacy with the Lord.

Bible study.

Prayer.

Worship with music.

Quiet time listening to the Lord.

I must confess that the last few years I’ve allowed distractions to interrupt this time.

The Lord continues to remind me that He created me for an intimate relationship with Him. When I choose these distractions over my time with Him, I definitely feel it. Things just aren’t right.

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At a recent women’s retreat, I enjoyed my time sitting at this pond with my Bible open, pen in hand and a sweet worship album playing on my phone. Oh Lord, help me to continue to find this place of intimacy with you.

Following my retreat, I received this word in my email box from Marsha Burns who shares beautiful messages on her website at http://ft111.com/smallstraws.htm

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:

Many of you, My people, are awakening to a new level of intimacy with Me, says the Lord.  But, you must be alert and aware that the enemy of your souls will release lies and a spirit of lethargy to convince you that it takes too much effort to walk in the Spirit.  Refuse to go back or give up.  The discipline that it takes is well worth the progress that you are making.  Proverbs 15:19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a highway.

I love God’s timing! I am refusing to go back or give up!

Think about your time with God. Are you making time for him? I hope so.

Bless you with a deeper intimacy with The Father.

Gigi

Forget the Former Things…

Friday November 8 2013 9:46 pm | Comments (1)

Sometimes it is hard for me to forget the former things.

Because I keep a journal, I have a written record of many events of my life.

Even if my memory isn’t as good as it used to be, I have the ability to go back and remember the former things recorded by my pen.

During a recent Bible study, I was reminded that God doesn’t want me to dwell on my past.

Look what I found in the Isaiah 43:18-19!

18 “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. 19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?

Forget the past Isaiah 43

The Book of Philippians is a compassionate letter written by the Apostle Paul to help us learn to live as Christ. In that book I found another treasure.

Pressing toward the Goal – Philippians 3:12-14

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

I have many things in my life that I’m not proud of. It seems that the month of November brings reminders of such unfortunate events.

So I spent time this morning asking God to help me release my past to Him. But I won’t forget the lessons I’ve learned.

Forget what hurt you

It set this captive free.

No longer will I dwell on many painful choices that occurred in the fall season of my life.

I was reminded of an amazing truth found in Philippians 1:12

It happened to me for my good…Philippians 1:12

12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters,that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.

Everything happens for a reason

As I look back on the stories in my journals, I am reminded over and again that God used those ugly things to draw me closer and to share His HOPE.

My dear friend, I pray that God has revealed His presence in your past.

May you come to know that He was there all along.

I’m asking Him to show you the HOPE that comes from turning it all to him.

Let Him help you forget the past.

He will shine a light on your future.

I pray for you daily. Asking God to reveal Himself to you in a real way.

Bless your heart with freedom from your past.

Gigi

 

Backup, Backup, Backup

Thursday November 7 2013 8:26 pm | Comments (0) Tags:

One of my writer friends recently received a message on her computer asking for ransom.

What was the ransom for?

All of the files on her computer.

They had been encrypted by a virus.

Six years of her hard work as a writer where suddenly unreadable.

It all started with an email from what appeared to be the U.S. Postal Service informing her of a package they had not been able to deliver.

She opened the email and the attachment. Then the ugly virus software started working through her files.

She had no idea what was happening within her computer until she received the message asking her to submit the randsom.

CryptoLocker Ransomware demands $300 to decrypt your files

The criminal?

CryptoLocker, a malicious software that is infecting computers around the world – encrypting important files and demanding a ransom to unlock them.

It attacks everything – documents, databases, spreadsheets, photos, videos and music collections. Then it scrambles the files with encryption that can only be opened by the crooks.

It appears that your computer is working normally until you try to open the encrypted files.

Then it asks you to pay a ransom within three days or your files are permanently encrypted.

Her ransom was $300.00. Even if you pay the ransom, the decryption key does not always work.

My advice:

1. Never open a file from an unknown source.

2. Before opening a file, find a way to confirm that it is real. After taking a copy of the request to the U.S. Post Office, this author friend found out that the U.S. Post Office never sends emails. Had she asked before she opened it, she would have saved herself a big headache.

3. Backup, Backup, Backup – a separate manual backup – not an automated backup that will simply automatically copy the encrypted files and overwrite your good files.

With a recent backup, you can recover from CryptoLocker and other malware with no serious consequences.

For more thorough information on what to do about this virus, watch this helpful video.

It is really sad we live in a time when people spend time writing programs to wreak havoc on our computers.

Please click out of this blog and back up your computer. It will be worth it.

Bless you,

Gigi

 

Full Circle

Tuesday November 5 2013 11:07 pm | Comments (0)

November is here and I’m on the road again with my son Gabe.

We arrived Tuesday in Montana where he will speak at several venues.

My home town of Anaconda, MT

My home town of Anaconda, MT

Wednesday, 11/6/2013 Anaconda Chamber of Commerce annual banquet 7:00 pm

Thursday, 11/7/13 Anaconda Job Corp 7:00 pm

Tuesday, 11/12/13 Drummond Schools 9 am

Tuesday, 11/12/13 Dillon Town Meeting 7 pm UM Western

Wednesday, 11/13/13 Butte Middle School 2:00 pm

Wednesday, 11/13/13 Butte Town Meeting 7:00 pm

I love Montana. My old stomping grounds.

So fun to come full circle with Gabe speaking for the Chamber of Commerce.

I had a job my junior and senior year of high school working for the Chamber of Commerce. I helped plan the annual banquet Now some 38 years later I will be back there to hear Gabe share his story.

Full Circle.

Tell me about a time when you’ve come full circle.

Bless you!

Gigi