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Beauty for Ashes Uganda: Water is Life!

13423855_1159626447392128_4505022537676455407_nLast fall, a friend posted on Facebook that Beauty for Ashes Uganda was looking for donors who would be willing to contribute $25.00 so a family in Acuna Village could get seeds and learn about growing their own garden. Enough seeds to provide food for a year! We were excited to participate in giving these sweet momma’s this hand up.

We were shocked when we later saw pictures of these mommas with their gardens, then their produce! Shocked because usually you give, in faith, but you never really get to see it in action, right?

Then came mosquito nets – $10 to protect a family from disease spreading insects! $10!! Then the pictures followed with the ladies of the village holding their brand
new mosquito nets…smiles all over, an answer to their prayers!13263737_1146027075418732_2029506532420671048_n

When Brandi Lea, co-founder of Beauty for Ashes Uganda, visits a few times a year, she takes you along on the journey and shares pictures and videos, interviews momma’s and lets you share in their joy. This joy, for something as simple as a mosquito net or a pack of seeds!
The people of this region have seen family members killed by rebel forces, suffered hunger and the death of their loved ones, they have taken responsibility for other peoples children, suffered with disease, and walk miles just to get water each day. And still they rejoice in answered prayer!

Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to join others in providing a fresh water well for one of the communities. On an ordinary June day, my cell phone dinged and it was a video from Brandi, the day of the well opening celebration!

Water is Life!

Now it’s your turn! Would you consider joining us in providing life giving, fresh water for the people of Acuna Village? No amount is too small! You can be part of God in action in this community and be their answer to prayer.  The sooner we raise $6,800, the sooner they will have life giving fresh water!

Beauty for Ashes Uganda is an official 501(c)3.

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Trial By Twelve by Heather Day Gilbert

Last year, I had the opportunity to blog about Heather Day Gilbert’s first two novels, God’s Daughter, book one in the Vikings of the New World saga and Miranda Warning, book one in A Murder in the Mountains Series. After Miranda Warning was released, there was chatter about what would come next. Would it be the second book in the Vikings of the New World series or the second book in A Murder in the Mountains Series?  I was torn, because I fell in love with the characters in both stories!  This author does a great job at creating both memorable characters and action to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Just a few short weeks ago, Heather released Trial By Twelve, A Murder in the Mountains series, Book 2 and it does not disappoint! It had me guessing “who done it” right until the end! Before you get started here’s a synopsis of both mysteries:


Book 1: Miranda Warning 

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Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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Book 2: Trial by Twelve

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Tess Spencer loves her low-key job at the Crystal Mountain Spa, which allows her plenty of down-time with her one-year old daughter and lawyer husband, Thomas. But when a pool installation turns up eight skeletons in the spa’s back yard, Tess becomes entangled in a sleuthing job destined to go awry.

As the investigation gets underway, someone dumps a fresh body near the excavated burial site, confirming unspeakable fears. A serial killer has returned to Buckneck, West Virginia…a skilled hunter with a unique taste in prey.

When Tess agrees to help the cunning Detective Tucker gather clues from the inside, she discovers the posh spa hides more than dead bodies. Even as she sifts through layers of deceit, Tess realizes too late that the killer’s sights have zeroed in on her.

Unpredictable psychological mystery replete with memorable characters, Trial by Twelve is Book Two in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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 HEATHER DAY GILBERT enjoys writing stories about authentic, believable marriages. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, she believes that bittersweet, generational stories are in her blood. A graduate of Bob Jones University, Heather has been married for eighteen years and has three children.

Heather’s Viking historical novel, God’s Daughter, was an Amazon Norse Bestseller for an entire year. She is also the author of  A Murder in the Mountains mystery series, and the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

You can find Heather online here:



Disclaimer: I received advanced reader copies of these books in exchange for my posts. No other compensation of any kind has been received. Watercolor Icon courtesy of Rose @ everylittlepolish.com

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