Friday, November 28, 2014

Pilot Point 100 Hour Kindle Countdown Deal 

First, I must apologize that for a time, this blog has gotten slightly promotional. But I do want good readers to know of opportunities to get my Texas Anglican novel Pilot Point at sizable discounts.  And certainly that is more pleasant than wrestling over flat screen TVs.  (Although perhaps some of you enjoy that sort of thing.)

I’ve let you know of a way to get a print copy of Pilot Point (or an inferior print book) for 30% off through Sunday.  And I’ve teased you that a way to get a discounted e-book version was on the way.

Well, here’s the deal (literally).  Beginning at 5pm CST this Sunday, I will usher in the blessed season of Advent with a 100 Hour Kindle Countdown Deal.  For 100 hours, you can then get the Kindle version of Pilot Point for only $1.99.

Perhaps you are on a strict budget.  Perhaps you have friends who like e-books.  (Yes, Kindle books can easily be given as gifts.) Then you know what to do. ;)

You’re welcome.  And try not to get run over by rabid shoppers.  Perhaps just stay safely home and like the Facebook page for Pilot Point.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Another Reason to be Thankful - Pilot Point for 30% Off! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I was not intending to post today, and I do not want to get too promotional on this blog.  But I just found out something this morning that you may find helpful if you intend to buy a print copy of Pilot Point or of any other print book Amazon sells.

Now through the weekend, you can buy one print book from Amazon for an additional 30% off.  My novel Pilot Point is already discounted, so that would mean over a third off for it!  Here are the details, but I think this will tell you what you need to know:

To use this promotion, you must enter "HOLIDAY30" at checkout under the "Gift cards & promotional codes" section to receive 30% off any ONE (1) book purchased in your order (up to $10 promotional credit).
This offer is only valid on print books. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks.
The promotion is valid for a limited time only, from November 26, 2014 at 9pm PST to November 30, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time.
Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com.
Limit one promotional code per customer and account.
The maximum benefit you may receive from this offer is $10.

Now I hope you use this deal on Pilot Point, of course.  But if I am understanding this correctly, you can use it on any one print book Amazon sells.  You’re welcome. :)

Now some prefer e-books.  There is a deal coming up for you, too, so stay tuned.

And don’t engage in too much gluttony today.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

God With Us - And They Shall Reign 

When I began this God With Us series earlier this month, I did so in Genesis – chapter 3, verse 8 to be exact.  With this being Kingdom week in some traditions, the last week of the Western church year, I think it meet to skip to the end of the Bible in which we see the consummation of Christ’s reign as King of Kings.

And you are surely familiar with many passages in Revelation concerning the coming Kingdom of Christ. (And that even if you are not a Bible scholar as said passages are very influential on Western culture, e. g. the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah.)  But there is something that is often overlooked in reading Revelation – something wonderful.

In the Apocalypse, it is hard to miss that Christ will reign forever.  But readers often miss that He will not reign alone.

…by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth. Rev. 5: 9-10

Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. Rev. 20:6

And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.  Rev. 22:5

Yes, not just Christ, but they, he and his people, will reign forever and ever.

Now Jesus does not need assistance from us in ruling.  But he loves us so much that he wants his people to reign with him, even to sit with him on his throne, as he himself says in Rev. 4:21.  Christ wants us victoriously to so be with him and he with us forever.  And his will shall be done.

But how does God bring about this glorious future reign for us?  How does he make us kings, if you will, after we had fallen so far way back in Genesis 3?

Well, the church year beginning with Advent and then Christmas tells that story . . . as we shall see.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Fatigued Update. (And one month until Christmas?) 

I was going to post something profound this morning.  I really was.  

But I am still recovering from appearing with my novel Pilot Point at the Burnet Gun Show.  So my mind is too addled to fulfill my intention just yet.  The trip went well and was fun, by the way.

God willing, I will have something posted before Thanksgiving that is very encouraging and appropriate for this week of Christ the King Sunday.

And I notice that today is just one month until Christmas.  That snuck up on me.

Speaking of which, I will have a treat for you on this Advent Sunday.

Stay tuned.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

“Obama Is About to Commit an Act of Constitutional Infamy” 

I need to get ready to get to Burnet with my novel Pilot Point.  Yes, the Pilot Point Gun Show Tour is about to resume.

But I cannot let pass without comment that, as Peter Wehner writes, Obama with his executive amnesty is about to commit an act of Constitutional infamy – really a coup against the Constitution as well as against the American people and their just-elected Congress.  It is certainly the most brazen attack on our Constitution in my lifetime.

And why?  What Labour did to Britain shows the way.  The U.K. electorate was too English and Tory for Labour’s tastes, so they imported Labour voters.  The U.S. electorate is too American for Obama’s tastes, so he is importing Democrat voters.

At least Labour did not tear down the rule of law to do so.

And that leads back to the issue that is even more important than Obama’s attempt at social engineering – if his executive amnesty is allowed to stand, it would set a precedent for a monarchal President that the Founders took pains to avoid and ruled out in the Constitution. 

And this alarms even some Obama supporters, as it should.  To his credit, Jonathan Turley (an Obama-voter, btw) is among those concerned:

As the liberal law professor Jonathan Turley put it last night, this is a “particularly dangerous moment” for the president to defy the will of Congress yet again, just 15 days after an election in which the American people registered their emphatic (anti-Obama) judgment. “What the president is suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the Constitution,” according to Professor Turley. “We have a separation of powers that gives us balance. And that doesn’t protect the branches — it’s not there to protect the executive branch or legislative branch — it’s to protect liberty. It’s to prevent any branch from assuming so much control that they become a threat to liberty.”

Any attack on the rule of law and any threat to liberty invites consequences, doubly so when it is so opposed by Americans and by the opposition party they just, for the most part, elected. 

And as I predicted just after the election, this could indeed get very ugly.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Announcing the Pilot Point Gun Show Tour! 

I’ve taken my new Texas novel Pilot Point to two gun shows.  And the sales and the experiences were so good, I’ve decided to make a tour out of it.

So I hereby announce the Pilot Point Gun Show Tour!

Yes, if you haven’t heard of a book tour of gun shows, I haven’t either!  But I am already having fun doing this.

I intend to add appearances, but here is the schedule so far.  (Tentative shows are ones where I expect to be able to get a vendor’s table, but I am on the waiting list for one at this time.)

November 22-23:
(tentative) Burnet Gun Show - VFW Hall, Burnet, Texas

December 13:
Aransas Pass Gun Show – Aransas Pass Civic Center, A.P., Texas

February 28 – March 1, 2015
(tentative) Saxet Gun Show – Robstown Fairgrounds, near Corpus Christi, Texas

I am already posting photos and updates of my Gun Show Tour frequently on Facebook, so be sure to like Pilot Point on Facebook.

And, of course, for your Advent gift giving needs, Pilot Point is available on Amazon for as little as $2.99.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I REFUSE to make merchandise of Christmas to sell my novel! 

A hamburger joint I (still) like put up Christmas decorations the day after Halloween.  Santa has been in the mall for two weeks already.  Heck, the old sell-out is now busy selling cars during football games.

Enough!  It is time to take a stand for the sanctity of Christmas and of blessed St. Nicholas!  I am trying to sell my novel Pilot Point, but I refuse to make merchandise of Christmas and of St. Nicholas to do so!

However, for your Advent gift giving needs (And most so-called Christmas gifts are really given during Advent because most lack the self-control to actually wait until the Christmas season . . . which begins on Christmas Eve when a chorister at Kings College sings “Once in Royal David’s City” and don’t you forget it.), may I suggest Pilot Point?

With the Kindle version only $2.99 and the paperback only $13.41 now at Amazon, it is an excellent gift to give for those on a budget.  And with themes of loss and belonging and of God entering lives in his providential timing, it is a thoughtful gift for . . . this time of year and any time.

And if there are any Texans or Anglicans on your list, how many Texas novels have an Anglican flavor to them?

Plus I will not hijack St. Nicholas to hawk my novel.  He asked, but I told him he has enough to do already.  But I did ask him to like Pilot Point on Facebook.

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