Oakland County author explores history and the Christian heart

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From left to right Zelma Fellows and author Catherine Brakefield during Summerfest at Christ the King Church.

Learn how to tap into that inner strength God gives to us to rise above the pits of despair into the starlight of answered dreams. Oakland County Author Explores History and the Christian Heart

Thank you Rachel Moulden for this beautiful article! The above article will be in print version in The Oakland Press Sunday arts section.

Don’t miss Wilted Dandelions’ book signing, Sunday, March 20, at Barnes and Noble, 2800 South Rochester Road, Rochester Hills. See you there!

Spring is in the Air!

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Sunlight spewed across the floor of Family Christian Stores in Flint, highlighting the lambs, bunnies, and teddy bears. Easter baskets and tee shirts printed with Biblical messages, dotted the rows of books peeking out from their shelves.

Amidst this gala of ‘spring is in the air’ were the sounds of buffalo rumbling across the television screen, announcing that the presentation of Willed Dandelions was about to begin…

No one left empty handed and everyone enjoyed a nostalgic step into the past created by the historical romance, Wilted Dandelions. Children enjoyed the history of the American missionaries and the short videos about the Second Great Awakening, the covered wagons crossing the Platte River, and the pony express riders bravely carrying the mail from St. Joseph to California.

But the best part of this day for me was the people I met and the friends I made. Thank you Greg Lantz for inviting me!Family Christian Greg Lantz Manager.png Thank you Barb and Max Jersey for posing for the above picture!

I will be holding another book signing at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, located at 2800 S. Rochester Rd., in Rochester Hills from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.

Have you Ever Dreamed?

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Ever imagined what traveling across the wilderness in the early 1800s was like?

 On March 12, 1 to 4 p.m. at Flint’s Family Christian Stores located at G-3577 Miller Rd., Genesee Crossing, I will be talking about my historical romance, Wilted Dandelions.

 I will share a 30-minute presentation about my trip out west following Rachael and Jonathan’s trail in Wilted Dandelion that will include pictures, maps and video.

If you ever plan to travel west, this is a way to acquire information regarding museums and travel stops. Refreshments will be provided and every signing will include a personalized gift.

Historically accurate and exciting, Wilted Dandelions is a great story of missionaries going west to minister to the Indians,” says author Marcia Lee. “Catherine Ulrich Brakefield creates a tension filled tale about the Oregon Trail that is fraught with danger and a marriage that is in name only.”

Here’s what award-winning author, Cheryl Wyatt said about Wilted Dandelions:

“…Catherine did a fantastic job making me care deeply about the characters and their journeys… I haven’t read any voice like her, and I found her style very refreshing. …I look forward to her next book.”

Set in the early 1800’s, high spirited Rachael Rothburn marries Jonathan Wheaton in order to go west and minister to the Indians. As the seeds of love grow between them, Rachael realizes God doesn’t create coincidences—He designs possibilities!

God Bless!


Don’t Quit Your Race

Ice-from-window-large-NorthStaring out of my icy window pane, I shivered with dread as Hagee’s words echoed in my ears, “This is not a race for the fainthearted, it is not a race for cotton candy Christians who refuse to take tough stands on tough issues least they be ridiculed by local media or rejected by their socialite friends…”

Hagee’s “The Rules of the Race” is taken from Hebrews 12:1 … “let us run with patience the race which is set before us…” This race is the brutal race of our forefathers, Hebrews 11:32-37 “…They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented…”

But, being a Christian was all about love? That’s all God wants from us. From God, we can expect love and a get-in-free pass to heaven. Right?

The Bible is the rule book and Hagee explains, God will hold us accountable on judgment day. Many churches are helping Christians to feel good without being good, it’s just a big party and everyone is singing ‘Amazing Grace’ on their way to hell.

But… as long as I listen in my pastor, I’ll get to heaven, right? Besides, we have grace? Doesn’t that mean we can live like we please?

Hagee states that God will curse the churches of America for not supporting the Bible. The Supreme Court redefined marriage! Planned Parenthood is murdering children with our tax dollars! Christians are told in the Bible to be “salt” and “light”. Salt fights corruption and light is offensive to darkness…

Well, I don’t think Christians should be offensive to anyone. Now-a-day Christians are called to be politically correct and, well, we have to change with the times, right? After all, an all-knowing God knew about these changing times. He doesn’t expect us to stand up against all this—controversy. Well, yes, there was Sodom and Gomorrah—and God rained His fiery judgment, but that was in the Old Testament, that doesn’t apply to modern day, right? Then there were the people of Nineveh who did repent…?

What about Matthew 24:13 “…But those enduring to the end shall be saved.” And James 5:11 “We count them happy which endure.” Is the Bible of yesterday preparing us to fight against the evil of today?

What Hagee says make sense, “You can’t have a victory unless you fight something.”

Fight what? We don’t have to worry about anything. All we have to do is give to the local charities and go to church and make sure we tithe.

Hagee said that as Jesus suffered, and as our forefathers suffered, Christians, too, will be called to suffer. 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought long and hard for my Lord, and through it all I have kept true to Him…”

“Say not that a man has lived a good life until you know how he died.” Hagee continues. The church of America is at war! Churches need to get off the sidelines, America needs them!

God is love, however, Hagee explains that if there is hidden sin in your life—confess it! (Proverbs 28:13) Hebrews 12:2 says to focus your eyes on Jesus who endured the cross, despising the shame for us. Don’t allow the past to control your future. Run your race! Jesus has prepared a place for YOU and you will have a glorious mansion forever if you don’t quit your race. Run to win the prize of eternal life with Jesus!

Do you think your pastor or your loved one needs to here this sermon?

John Hagee The Rules of the Race

How can YOU be Supportive

Booksigning-with-Annabelle-2About that book you couldn’t put down?

Award winning author, Kristen Lamb says that the best way is to “WRITE A REVIEW. A GOOD ONE.”

Lamb explains that reviews are more important now than ever before. “If you love our books, your promotion means a thousand times more than any ad I could pay for. Ads and marketing don’t sell books. Never did and never will. Only thing that sells books is word of mouth!”

Lamb doesn’t hold back any punches and goes on to say, “You will be shocked how much regular people will pay attention to YOU!”

“When you review us, Amazon favors our books in the algorithms meaning more people SEE our books.” Lamb’s enthusiasm is contagious, and she admits that, “In the on-line world YOU have the power to get US that awesome front of the store book placement.”

Read on about:  The Ugly Truth of Publishing and How Best to Support Writers


How can you get the Word Out…

About that book you just couldn’t put down and support writers you love?

Kristen Lamb says that the best way is to “WRITE A REVIEW. A GOOD ONE.”

Lamb goes on to say that reviews are more important now than ever before. “If you love our books, your promotion means a thousand times more than any ad I could pay for. Ads and marketing don’t sell books. Never did and never will. Only thing that sells books is word of mouth!”

Read on for more helpful tips in:  The Ugly Truth of Publishing and How Best to Support Writers


What a Wonderful Chance!

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My publisher, CrossRiver Media Group, is supplying her Kindle books at a temporarily reduced price of $1.99 (unless specified) for selected authors!

Don’t delay in purchasing yours.

51PzskyPZ7L__AA160_Wilted Dandelions
by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield

The Second Great Awakening has stirred a young woman’s soul.

High-spirited Rachael Rothburn is eager to leave her luxurious life in Buffalo, New York, to share the gospel with Native Americans in the Oregon Territory. But the missionary alliance requires their missionaries to be married and Rachael has no husband or suitors. When Dr. Jonathan Wheaton, another missionary hopeful, learns about the restriction, he is desperate to find a wife. He offers Rachael a marriage of convenience and she agrees. The pair sets off for Oregon to share Jesus with the natives, but in the process they discover God doesn’t create coincidences—He designs possibilities.   $1.99

51z0M0ITlvL__AA160_Road to Deer Run (Deer Run Saga Book 1)
by Elaine Marie Cooper

The year is 1777 and the war has already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a nineteen-year-old colonial woman from Massachusetts. Her brother, Asa is dead — killed by the King’s army, so when she stumbles across a wounded British soldier, her sense of right and wrong is challenged. Should she help a soldier of the enemy who took her brother’s life, or let him die, cold and alone?

The war has also broken British soldier Daniel Lowe’s spirit. A severely wounded prisoner of war, he escaped his rebel captors while on a death march to Boston. As the pain in his injured leg worsens, he wonders if the young woman looking down at him is an angel or the enemy.

Need and compassion bring these two young lives together, but will the bitterness of war keep them apart? Or can they find their way to love and forgiveness on the Road to Deer Run?   $1.99

51Xc7U45DsL__AA160_Carried by Grace by Debra L. Butterfield

“My twelve-year-old daughter had put a chef’s knife to her chest and threatened to kill herself. Her step-dad was sexually abusing her. I felt swallowed by darkness — like Jonah in the belly of the whale. This can’t be happening.”

A family member… a friend… someone you know has sexually abused your child. Tumultuous emotions buffet you from all sides. You’re feeling lost and confused. Where do you turn for help? Part memoir, part devotional, author Debra L. Butterfield offers…

• comfort for your heartache
• practical guidance for daily needs
• a biblical path to healing, and
• encouragement and hope along the way.
Let yourself be Carried by Grace as you journey toward restoration. $3.99

41xGddN5p7L__AA160_The Grace Impact by Nancy Kay Grace

Chapter after chapter, verse after verse, the Bible shows a loving heavenly Father lavishing His grace on us through His Son. In her book, The Grace Impact, author Nancy Kay Grace gives us a closer glimpse of God’s character. In all things at all times, His grace covers every detail of life, not just the good things, but the difficult, sad, and complicated things. That knowledge can give us the ability to walk confidently through life knowing our heavenly Father is with us every step of the way. $3.99

51UHKDZzzPL__AA160_The Benefit Package: 30 days of God’s goodness from Psalm 103
by Tamara Clymer
Love, redemption, mercy…provision, revelation and healing — In Psalm 103, David listed just a few of the good things God did for him. When life get tough it is easy to get discouraged, but David’s list gives us plenty to be thankful for. These thirty true stories will remind you of all the amazing things our heavenly Father does for his people. No matter your circumstances or background, God is full of compassion, generous with his mercy, unfailing in his love and powerful in healing. When your circumstances leave you feeling like you have nothing to be thankful for — unwrap his benefit package and rediscover God’s goodness.   FREE

51QlnJcE8jL__AA160_Postmark from the Past
by Vickie Phelps

In November 1989, Emily Patterson is enjoying a quiet life in West Texas. She lives in the same house she grew up in, has a great job and good friends. But emptiness nips at her heart. Then a red envelope appears in her mailbox. It’s a letter from Mark who declares his love for her, and promises to come to her if he makes it home alive. But who is Mark? She flips the envelope over, but there is no return address and it is postmarked 1968. Over the next few days more letters mysteriously appear in her mailbox and odd things start happening. Is someone playing a cruel joke? Her friends say it is the season for miracles. As Emily seeks to solve the mystery, can she risk her heart to find a miracle in the Postmark from the Past?   $1.99

51yuh6CXMhL__AA160_Where Hope Starts
by Angela D. Meyer

Karen Marino’s life is a nightmare. The New York City restaurant manager is a professional success, but her marriage is in shambles. When her husband, Barry shows up drunk at her restaurant, she loses both. She flees The Big Apple and returns to her Midwestern home to sort through her options. But instead of answers, she finds an old boyfriend ready to rekindle romance, a family full of secrets and an angry brother bent on revenge. Karen wants to do the right thing, but how do you forgive the unforgivable? As she searches for the answer, she uncovers a family secret that threatens to tear them all apart. Can she find her way back to the place Where Hope Starts?   $1.99

51GYSmI-ypL__AA160_Finding Beth
by Linnette R. Mullin

Three years ago, Beth Gallagher lost her brother, Josh, in a tragic accident. Grief-stricken and estranged from her father, she turned to the one man her brother warned her about — Kyle Heinrich. Now she has discovered his dark side. She flees to the Smoky Mountains to clear her mind and seek God’s will about her impending marriage. With the help of a new friend, she finds the answers she needs, but will she have the resolve to follow through? And, if so, what will it cost her? Kyle Heinrich is used to getting his way, so when his fiancée leaves town without a word, he is furious. When she returns with a new man by her side, he determines to make her his — one way or another.  $1.99

519jWTLT1DL__AA160_Final Grace of Reverend G (Life at Cove Creek, #1)
by RJ Thesman

She has reached the final stages of Alzheimer’s still, Reverend G finds ways to bring encouragement and humor to the residents of Cove Creek. The cast of characters at the assisted living facility widens around her, even as her world begins to shrink. She becomes a grandmother and her relationship with Chris deepens through need and grace. Meanwhile, the disease is always there, robbing her of memories and now, even her words. But even as Reverend G struggles to communicate with her friends and family, she remains steadfastly honest in prayer. Once worried about forgetting God, the brave little minister discovers that He will never forget her. $1.99

by Sharon Garlock Spiegel

When Edward Garlock was sober, he was a kind, hard-working farmer providing for his wife and eight children, but drinking transformed him into a bully, capable of absolute cruelty. When he stepped into a revival tent in the early 1900s the Holy Spirit got ahold of him, changing not only his life, but thousands of others through Edward. This true story of a family’s troubled past will leave you breathless at the depravity of human nature and amazed at the power Divine intervention.  $1.99

ConfessionsConfessions of a Lip Reading Mom by Shanna Groves

As Shanna Groves held her newborn son, she should have reveled in the joys of motherhood. But instead of hearing sounds she once took for granted — the doorbell, smoke alarms, baby cries — all she heard was silence. Then the buzzing started — the sound of locusts filling her head. What was wrong with her and most importantly, how could she care for her newborn son, if she couldn’t even hear him cry? In Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom, Shanna Groves shares her struggle to find God’s grace during her roller coaster ride of unexplained deafness. No matter the struggles you’re facing, Shanna’s honesty in sharing her emotional battle with a progressive hearing loss diagnosis, will inspire you to reach out for your heavenly Father’s hand…and hang on tight.  $1.99

Thirty Days of GloryThirty Days to Glory by Kathy Nickerson

Catherine Benson longs to do one great thing before she dies and Elmer Grigsby hopes to stay seriously drunk until he slips out of the world unnoticed. Against a Christmas backdrop, Catherine searches for purpose while fighting the infirmities of age and the best intentions of her children. She gains support in the battle from her faithful housekeeper and her quirky friends known as the Glory Circle Sisters. Elmer isn’t supported by anyone, except maybe his cat. When he opens the last whiskey bottle of the month, he knows it is time to shuffle down to the post office and pick up his government check. Somewhere in his fog, Elmer knows he was once a better man. That is why he stays in the fog. When their destinies intersect one Tuesday in December, they both discover it is only Thirty Days to Glory. $1.99