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Year of the Dog serial novel, chapter 22

I’m posting a Humorous Christian Romantic Suspense serial novel here on my blog! Year of the Dog is a (second) prequel to my Warubozu Spa Chronicles series. Year of the Dog serial novel by Camy Tang Mari Mutou, a professional dog trainer, is having a bad year. While renovating her new dog kenneling and training facility, she needs to move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate—according to them, a job requiring her to be covered in dog hair and slobber is an embarrassment to the family. She convinces her ex-boyfriend to take her dog for a few months … but discovers that his brother is the irate security expert whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier. Ashwin Keitou has enough problems. His aunt has just shown up on his doorstep, expecting to move in with him, and he can’t say no because he owes her everything—after his mother walked out on them, Auntie Nell took in Ashwin and his brother and raised them in a loving Chri

Guest blogger Sharon Hinck

Captain’s Log, Stardate 02.08.2007

Today I have my very good friend and sister, Sharon Hinck, blogging with me!

Sharon's latest latest mom lit novel is Renovating Becky Miller!

Becky Miller's Guide to Home Repair

* Budget the gross national product of a small country--then double it.
* Never, ever invite your mother-in-law to stay with you during a remodel.
* Figure out how to heat the living room before inviting your Bible study group over.
* Stock up on Tylenol and chocolate and sandbags.
* Hire a professional to fix the plumbing.
* Sometimes renovation is an inside job.

In addition to being a young mom, Becky Miller is a daydreamer. Most recently, she's been envisioning herself in the happy endings she sees during her weekly movie nights with husband Kevin. But her real life feels more like a broken filmstrip, spinning out of control!

When Becky and her family decide to purchase a rundown farmhouse, Becky pictures a slower, simpler lifestyle in the pastoral countryside. Of course, it doesn't quite work out like she imagined...


And now, here’s Sharon!

Hi, Camy!
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog during my “Around the World Blog Tour” for Renovating Becky Miller.

I’m so excited that the novel about Becky’s next adventure is releasing this month. I’ve heard from so many women who read The Secret Life of Becky Miller and related to her gung-ho and slightly askew view of life. I think this new chapter in Becky’s life will also resonate with women who are fulfilling a variety of roles, and trying to fix each problem that comes along.

To celebrate the book’s debut, I created some gifts for everyone who came to the first book signing.

The good news is, I figured out a way to share this gift with your readers.

The Becky Miller Tool Kit is a devotion experience. Since Renovating Becky Miller is set amid the chaos and surprises of fixing up an old home, I did a lot of thinking about tools. I looked in scripture for some of the tools that God provides us in our efforts to serve Him – and tools He uses to do His amazing renovation on our hearts. Then I gathered tangible objects to serve as symbols.

For a special devotion time, gather the small items on the list. Then read the Bible verses and pray about ways you see God providing that quality, and ask Him for guidance to use those tools to bless the people in your life.

I always loved object lessons when I was a child, and this is a grown-up version.
I’m including photos so everyone can see how the “Devotion in a Bag” was put together, in case they want to make some. Feel free to adapt this idea for use with women’s groups, retreats, or Sunday schools classes!

Camy, as a fellow rubber-stamper, I knew you’d appreciate my embellishments of paint-splattered hands stamped along the border. :)

Camy here: What can I say? The woman knows me too well.


Becky Miller’s Tool Kit

This “devotion in a bag” is my gift for you. Curl up with your Bible and savor the tender ways God provides all we need for every kind of renovation.


*Bandaid – Healing (Psalm 147:3)
*Paper clip – Love (Colossians 3:14)
*Rubberband – Unity (Eph. 4:3)
*Candy – His Word (Psalm 119:103)
*Stone – Sure Foundation (I Peter 2:4-8)
*Penny – Provision (Phil. 4:19)
*Postcard – Opportunity to Share! (Isaiah 52:7)


After your devotion time, come on back and share some comments. Which item do you feel the biggest need for right now? Which one of these gifts from God helped you recently during a tough time? How has God been renovating your heart in the past weeks?

Thanks again for letting me pop in to visit!
Sharon
www.sharonhinck.com

Camy here: Thanks so much, Sharon!

How has God been renovating my heart the past few months? I think I’ve been learning the true meaning of the phrase to “fear the Lord.” It brings to mind the power of God, but also the fervor of His love for me.

How about you? Any neat “renovations” God has done for you the past month? It’s only a few weeks into 2007, but has He spoken to you?

Comments

Jennifer Y. said…
I love the Tool Kit!

The book sounds great too...so enter me!
Anonymous said…
Enter me please Camy. Brittanie :)
Carolynn said…
Sounds like a great book...love the tool kit! 'tis cool!
Please enter me too, thanks:)
(carolynnwald@hotmail.com)
auntien said…
That exerpt sounds good. Seems like a perfect book to share with my sister. Count me in please.
survey77777 *at* hotmail
tetewa said…
The tool kit is a great idea! The book sounds wonderful so please enter me (tWarner419@aol.com)
Meljprincess said…
God watched over me when I was in the hospital Tuesday for some tests on my stomach.
Please enter me in your book giveaway, Camy. Thanks.

Melissa
Meljprincess at AOL dot COM
ChristyJan said…
The book sounds great.
You've given me much to think about.
Please enter me hawkes AT citlink dot NET
Anonymous said…
I'd love to be entered. The book sounds good and the devotional idea is great.

I think God is renovating the area of my heart where fear resides. :)

wittywords (at) thesilvas.com :)
Jolene said…
I think God has been changing the way I have faith in Him... how to have the faith to believe that all things are possible - yet He can choose to glorify Himself by not answering my prayers, too.

Please include me in the draw, Camy!

jolene565363 at gmail dot com
Anonymous said…
I want to enter too =)


Shirley Qiu

fantasy_girl121992[at]yahoo.com
Goodness, you're a busy blogger. Where DO you find the time? Stopping by on the blog tour to see what's up with Sharon here. The tips for renovation and the tool kit are awesome. Thanks for sharing you two. :)
Shauna said…
Please enter me, too! :-)
(chadsturge@hotmail.com)
Anonymous said…
I need some renovating and so do my digs. This sounds as if it has great advice on both.

Please enter me.
Anonymous said…
please enter me. sounds cool.
rachelmarie42@yahoo.com

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