December 2017 Update from Author Lynnette Bonner

My Life this Month...

Wow, are any of you feeling like you are just now settling back into a routine after the holidays? All my kids are now back to college or off to home, except for my youngest who is also back into the routine of school. 

Mostly we've had a lot of rain here in the Pacific Northwest, but this week we had a couple days of glorious sunshine that are reminders of the warmer weather just around the corner. I have a friend in Michigan and she posted the other day to say it was -18 degrees! (Do you see that little negative sign? Yikes!) That reminded me how thankful I am to live in the mild climate of the Northwest where the rain rightly gives us the nickname of the Evergreen State and the Emerald City. God's creation is certainly beautiful!

I snapped this picture of the mist rising off our fence in the heat of the sun, the other day. I love me some sunshine!

Story World...

I'm Excited to Share my Latest Contemporary Christian Romance with You!

Angel Kisses and Riversong just released on its own. This book was first in the boxed set Cherish, which is no longer published. So if you purchased that set, you already have this book, but if not, you can now buy it for just $2.99. You can buy the book by clicking its cover on my website here: http://www.lynnettebonner.com/books/contemporary-romance/the-riversong-series/

He’s a former NFL quarterback from Florida with an injury that has put an end to his career.

She’s a penny pinching innkeeper from Washington, just trying to make enough money to care for her grandmother.

Needing to escape the media and the constant pressure to make a decision about his future, Jett Hudson escapes to a B&B in the small town of Riversong, Washington. A month of R&R in the middle of nowhere ought to do him some good. But when he arrives and has to wake the owner, who is sound asleep at her desk, he starts having second thoughts about his choice of lodging—even if her messy bun reminds him of a halo, and her soft gaze has a way of making him forget to breathe.

After a long night, and even longer day, of taking care of her grandmother, Salem Finn jolts awake to find her new guest—and financial hope—eyeing the door like he wants to make a run for it. All her exhaustion comes to the fore. How is she supposed to be a twenty-four seven caretaker and still run a prosperous business?

Sometimes the river of life takes unexpected turns. And sometimes those turns lead to angel kisses…and Riversong.

Buy Angel Kisses and Riversong Here

This Month's Recipe...

I tend to put a lot of food into my books. :) I hadn't realized this until someone left me a review that said something along the lines of "reading Lynnette Bonner's books always makes me hungry." And I realized, I guess I do put a lot of meals in my books. 

Here's the thing. I don't really love to cook. And I'm not a recipe follower. I just generally dump in a little of this and a little of that and we eat what comes of it. So as you follow this recipe feel free to tweak it however you want to. It will still be good and edible, probably. ;)

Lynnette's Hashbrown Casserole.
1 bag of frozen hashbrowns. (30oz)
2 eggs
2 Cans Cream of Mushroom soup
1/2 Chopped Green Pepper
1 Pound of Chopped Ham
2 tsp. Diced Garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste
Onion Powder to taste
Shredded cheese to taste.

Mix all ingredients except the cheese, in a large mixing bowl. Using Pam cooking spray, grease the bottom of an 8x10 pan (or two 8" rounds) and evenly distribute half of the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Cover with grated cheese. Add the rest of the potato mixture to the pan and cover with more cheese. Cover the baking dish(es) with tented aluminum foil (so it doesn't touch the cheese) and bake in a 375 degree oven for 1.5-2 hours. Remove foil for the last 15-20 minutes of baking so the cheese can brown. 

Delicious! And it makes great left-overs. Can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

If you enjoy recipes, you might like to check out my Pinterest board for the Wyldhaven series. I have a lot of recipes pinned there for old-fashioned cooking. https://www.pinterest.com/lynnettebonner/the-wyldhaven-series/

From My Heart...

Each year our church does a special prayer emphasis for one week in January. And I'm just going to get honest here... One of the things that has been on my heart is our finances. With a couple kids in college, I'm sure many of you have been right where we are at. At the same time, I am friends with a lot of Christian authors, and some of them are starting to write more mainstream stories in the hope of reaching a wider audience.

But the one thing I came away with during this month is that I refuse to compromise the spiritual content of my stories just because that might sell more books. My heart is, and always has been, for my books to be used to reach into a dark world and shine a little light. 

I recently heard from a reader who told me she had gifted an entire series of mine to a co-worker who was seeking answers. They shared a love of books, but her co-worker had only read secular books. This reader told her about my books and asked if she was interested. The lady said yes! 

Those are the kinds of stories I love to hear. I pray that the woman will find Truth in the heart of each of my books. 

So if there's one thing I would like to encourage each of you with at the start of this year in this world that constantly pushes for compromise, it is this... "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9.

God bless your year ahead!

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Author Lynnette Bonner

2923 York RD.
Everett, WA 98204

http://www.lynnettebonner.com

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