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Why Honor Our Flag?

american flagWhen I see our beloved flag, I think of all the men who have fought for our freedom. The soldiers in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan have risked their lives so freedom could be preserved. We have troops in other areas, as well. These men have left their wives, children, and families to serve their country.

When arrogant football players refuse to stand and honor the flag, my heart breaks because they don’t appreciate what the soldiers of the past and the soldiers of the present have done for our freedom.

My neighbor, Roosevelt Gubler, was a soldier in World War II. Every morning he would walk outside and look up at the flag that waved in his front yard. He would straighten his shoulders and salute the flag. Every year at church, in celebration of Independence Day, he would quote The Ragged Old Flag from memory, which brought tears to many eyes. He passed away a few years ago, but I will always remember him. He served his country with honor.

Freedom is the most precious gift given to man. It isn’t free, but it’s fought for. Have you ever wondered why tears so freely come to our eyes when we hear the Star Spangled Banner or see our flag waving in the distance? Why do we value our freedom and hold it so close to our hearts?

When we pledge allegiance to our flag, what does that mean to us? Do we take our freedom for granted? Many countries have no rights and are not at liberty to say what they feel or to worship as they please. In some countries, Christianity cannot be preached among the people. Newspapers, media, and even the Internet are all government controlled. Do we understand the freedom we possess? Do you appreciate the patriots who fought for the liberty we enjoy?

On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the “Declaration of Independence.” This document inspired every patriot to fight for his liberty. As General George Washington stood before the Continental Army with the document in his hand, he took a look at the weary men before him. These underfed men were a sight. Washington knew his men needed to be inspired and this document would do the trick.

As he read the declaration out loud, not a sound was heard as the men listened. Their hearts were touched when he read: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

As these patriots listened, they were buoyed up and ready to fight for their freedom. No one could stop the need they felt for liberty. The Declaration of Independence was inspired of God. These brave patriots hungered for freedom of choice, for their rights, and to worship according to the dictates of their own conscience. The patriots fought with every fiber of strength they had, both bond and free.

Many of these patriots were willing to die for freedom. Nathan Hale, a 23-year-old artist and schoolteacher, felt the conviction of his beliefs so strongly that he agreed to go on a dangerous mission for George Washington. He was caught with sketches of British gun emplacements and the penalty for being a spy was to be hanged. As he marched up the steps of the gallows, he held his head high. When he turned to face the people, he declared boldly, “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

The patriots knew the value of freedom and were willing to pay the price. Most of the victories in the south came from Colonial Francis Marion and his men. Francis Marion knew how to deal with the enemy in his own homeland. He was known as the Swamp Fox and had the slyest fighting command in the whole revolution. He had trained his men to disappear into the thick forest and swamps of South Carolina without a sound. Hidden from sight, they would strike and then quickly move through the woods like silent shadows, fading into the forest and undergrowth. Francis Marion and his men tormented the British army with one ambush after another. This frustrated the British officers because they were helpless in the woods and swamps.

After eight long years, the Americans beat the greatest military power in the world. Many patriots paid for this freedom with their lives and we should be grateful to those who fought for this liberty. We are a great nation with ancestors who fought to be free.

Show your appreciation for your freedom! Respect the flag! Honor those who have served and fought to preserve your liberty! Take time to thank a soldier for his service!

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Audiobooks: Stories of Adventure, Mystery, and Romance

My favorite time period is historical because it’s during a time when men defended a lady’s honor and treated women with respect. The women, on the other hand, were not frail by any means. I love strong women characters who fight for what they believe. I enjoy writing stories with a mixture of romance and adventure. My favorite love stories are about a couple who know they are meant for one another, even though there are trials along the way.

Rebel Series

The Rebel Series is a Historical Mystery/Adventure Romance set in the 1700s. Many people have asked me why I wrote a story about rebels. Simple! I love a rogue who fights for justice and for the people. It was a bunch of rebels who fought for their freedom in America. They wanted to be free from the dictatorship of a king. How about Robin Hood? He and a bunch of men did the same thing as they helped the needy and poor. Liberty is something that I cherish. So I decided to write about a small country that struggles to be free.

THE REBELS OF CORDOVIA: “This creative take on a Robin Hood-like story is charming and touching, and teaches some great morals about agency and choice. It reminded me of childhood fairytales of good versus evil, with a nice romance weaved into it.” –Author Charissa Stastny

In The Rebels of Cordovia, Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive the oppression. In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

 

 

THE HIGHWAYMAN OF CORDOVIA: “Austin and Christine had been friends, as youth, and separated through the years. As their paths cross again after many years, things spark up between them. Yet their lives do not appear to be headed in the same direction. The twists and turns will keep you turning the pages.” –Sunnie Reivews

In The Highwayman of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty, but all is not well. A group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king. With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?

 

 

THE FOX OF CORDOVIA: “I loved this book. It is full of adventure, drama, intrigue and suspense. We’ve got kidnapping plots, pirate ships, daring rescues and romance. The author weaves an exciting tale and a sweet romance together in a way that will appeal to all readers.” –Inishowen Cailín

In The Fox of Cordovia, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.

 

 

I love research! When I did some research about the “waltz” for The Highwayman of Cordovia, I was surprised at what I found. The peasants were the first to dance the waltz. It was such fun that bored noblemen would sneak out and go to the country-dances. The Oxford English Dictionary back then called the waltz “riotous and indecent.”

In a 1771 German novel, someone complains about the “newly-introduced waltz” among the aristocrats. He wrote: “When he put his arm around her, pressed her to his breast, cavorted with her in the shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding—then my silent misery turned into burning rage.” I was so intrigued by this description. The waltz finally became fashionable when the wife of a Russian ambassador endorsed it.

To read a sample chapter from each of my books in The Rebel Series, go to http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/historicalromance.html and click on the TITLE.

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The Storms of Life

Harry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887) said, “Difficulties are God’s errands and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it as proof of God’s confidence…as a compliment from Him.”

Difficulties are part of life. My mother told me that our trials make us better people and we grow from each experience. She would say that God must really love me to give me trials to bear. I remember telling her, “Mom, I wish He didn’t love me so much.”

thomas-edison-9284349-1-402When you really think about it, life was not easy for those who were prominent in history. Thomas Edison was sixty-seven years old when he had one of the greatest trials of his life. One evening his film plant caught fire. Spontaneous combustion had ignited some of the chemicals and exploded. Within seconds, anything flammable went up in flames. Fire trucks from eight towns arrived as fast as they could, but the intense heat was so powerful that the water from the fire hose had no effect whatsoever.

When Edison’s daughter arrived, she was frantic with worry. She was ready to comfort him when she saw her father running toward her. Before she could say a word, he called to her, “Where’s your mother? Go get her and tell her to bring her friends. They’ll never see another fire like this as long as they live.”

The following morning, when the building was only rubble and ashes, he called his employees together and announced, “We’re building again. By the way, does anybody know where we can get some money?”

Practically everything we recognize as an Edison invention came after that devastating disaster. Many times difficulties make us stronger people. If we don’t let it get us down, we will end up successful.

ensignlp.nfo_o_1e46Monte J. Brough said, “The most important principles of intelligence cannot be taught at universities, from books, or through other temporal learning processes. Often these great principles are learned from afflictions, tribulations, and other mortal experiences.” (Monte J. Brough, “Lessons from the Old Testament: Adversity, the Great Teacher”, Ensign, Aug. 2006, 9–11)

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LIFE IS FULL OF CHOICES

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) wrote: “The future belongs to those who prepare for it.”

Life is full of choices. What we do with those choices decides our future. We must develop our talents and acquire skills, gain knowledge and learn the lessons of life… no matter what age we are. To achieve our goals, we must work hard by studying and learning all we can. Our goal is to take one step at a time until our dream is fulfilled. We should not compare ourselves to others, noticing their achievements and how quickly they obtained them. We should be concerned with our own growth.

“We are not endeavoring to get ahead of others, but to surpass ourselves.” –Hugh B. Brown (1883 – 1975)

helen-kellerHelen Keller (1880 – 1968) is a good example to us all. She was deaf and blind but never let that stop her progress. She didn’t want to be ignorant or live a life of mediocrity. She wanted to rise above her circumstances. She eventually went to Radcliff College and graduated magna cum laude, during a time when women were not encouraged to get a higher education. She said, “We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”

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A Love Story That Grabs At Your Heart!

I LOVE THIS FANTASY SERIES. This year it came out in audio and I just knew I had to listen to it. I can surely say this is my most favorite fantasy romance. The love story in each book is exceptional. There is a tender love story, an enchanting kingdom, mystical creatures, adventure, suspense, and mystery between these pages for both young and old alike.

A Quest to Fulfill:

The Treasure of Isian is the first book in the Isian series. Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by giants, elves, dragons, and a vengeful water-witch. Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom?

“This story is captivating and has many twists and turns. It gives a new dimension to fantasy characters. It was difficult to put down. Not only is it a fantasy, but a sweet love story that can be enjoyed by all. The devotion of Elani to her Prince was enjoyable, making the reader wonder when the Prince will see her as something more than a servant.” –Review by Linda Weaver Clarke

 An Arranged Marriage:

What I love about this book is how each person realizes that they must give a little and accept the other’s differences before this marriage can work. This story will pull at your heartstrings like it did mine. In The Alliance of Isian, the second book in this series, the queen decides to make an alliance with their long time enemies.  Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war. With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials?

“This is an enchanting story and very difficult to put down. Gabrielle is a strong character and I could feel the emotions she was experiencing. I could feel her frustration in being forced to marry someone whose background was totally different from her own. Alec is likewise a strong character and has his definite opinions, but he is also very sensitive to Gabrielle’s feelings of inadequacy in marrying a stranger. What I loved about this story was the respect they gradually develop for each another over time and how they learn to understand one another’s differences. I noticed the change in both characters, a change for the better, as Gabrielle and Alec fall in love. This is one of the best fantasy romances I’ve read.” Review by Linda Weaver Clarke

 

Romance, Adventure, and Mystery:

The Secret of Isian is the last book in this series. Many prophecies have been uttered about the impending war and those who will seek to stop it. With the war finally upon them, Rimelda, a talented seer, has heard the prophecies and believes she can help. Prince Ander, doubtful of her abilities and her true intensions, but determined to save his kingdom accepts her help and they proceed on a quest to end the war. Hindered by enemies as well as their own doubts, Ander and Rimelda must search for guidance in unlikely places and unravel the mysteries of the prophecies. With the world shrouded in darkness, will Ander accept his destiny in time to save the kingdoms and will he admit his true feelings for Rimelda?

“This is an excellent love story full of intrigue. It is a fast moving tale. Not only does it have romance, but also lots of action and battles as the characters make their trek to save the kingdom. While Prince Ander learns to accept his destiny, he also realizes that his love for Rimelda is growing day by day. For the first time in his life, he has met his match! She is spunky, obstinate, and frustrating. But at the same time, she intrigues Ander because she demands respect. Even from the prince! That’s what I loved about this story.” –Review by Linda Weaver Clarke

 

About Author:
Serena Clarke is from Sunny Southern Utah and has taken several writing classes in college. She has a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and is a member of the Red Mountain Shadows Publishing team. She not only is an author, but also creates book covers for authors. She is passionate about learning, education, art and design. To learn more about Serena, visit her website at https://serenaclarke.wordpress.com.

Links for Amazon:
The Treasure of Isian: http://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Isian-Serena-Clarke/dp/1477540105

The Alliance of Isian: http://www.amazon.com/Alliance-Isian-Book-ebook/dp/B00I11H7N8

The Secret of Isian: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Isian-Book-ebook/dp/B01AOU7VZM

 

Links for Audible Audiobooks:

The Treasure of Isian: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Treasure-of-Isian-Audiobook/B01F7U4V4I

The Alliance of Isian: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Alliance-of-Isian-Audiobook/B01L2A5ACY

The Secret of Isian: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Secret-of-Isian-Audiobook/B01MQVA4PP

 

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Romances, Mysteries, Fantasies, & Non-Fiction

All these books are family friendly and have received wonderful reviews. They are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and My Website. Even though some of these stories are the first in a series, they can be read separately. To read the reviews of each book, click on the links below.

HISTORICAL / ROMANCE

MWW webMelinda and the Wild West: BOOK 1 from A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho

Award: Semi-Finalist for Reviewers Choice Award

Synopsis: Melinda Gamble wants to make a difference in the world. Without hesitation, she accepts a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho. She has many challenges such as trying to help a rebellious student, coming face-to-face with a notorious bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and finding herself in a terrible blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it’s a rugged rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared—love.

Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/melinda.html

E-book: https://www.amazon.com/Melinda-Wild-West-Family-Volume/dp/1481266764

Audible Audiobook: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Melinda-and-the-Wild-West-Audiobook/B01IFD3DMK

Rebels of Cordovia webThe Rebels of Cordovia: BOOK 1 from The Rebel Series

Synopsis: There was a time when brave men and women engaged in daring and romantic adventures. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/rebels.html

E-book: https://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Cordovia-Linda-Weaver-Clarke/dp/1484147650

Audible Audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Rebels-of-Cordovia-Audiobook/B074MJ825Y

FANTASY / ROMANCE

Treasure of Isian webThe Treasure of Isian: BOOK 1 from The Isian Series

Synopsis: Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him, even die for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by angry giants, soul-stealing elves, bewitched dragons, a vengeful water-witch, battling foes, and a mysterious kingdom. Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Garin must decide what the most important things are in his life. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom? And will Elani find true love?

Sample Chapter: https://serenaclarke.wordpress.com

E-book: http://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Isian-Serena-Clarke/dp/1477540105

Audible Audiobook: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Treasure-of-Isian-Audiobook/B01F7U4V4I

ROMANTIC COZY MYSTERY

Bali webThe Bali Mystery: BOOK 1 from Amelia Moore Detective Series

Synopsis: Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, traces missing persons, checks people’s backgrounds, and protects them. With the help of Rick Bonito, a cunning and crafty man, her business is flourishing. When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.

Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/bali.html

E-book: https://www.amazon.com/Bali-Mystery-Amelia-Moore-Detective/dp/1497327156

Audible Audiobook: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Bali-Mystery-Audiobook/B00YHY9E2K

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

AnasaziWebAnasazi Intrigue: BOOK 1 from The Adventures of John and Julia Evans

Synopsis: When a devastating flood takes out several homes in a small town, residents are shocked by the news of also a possible poison spill that kills many of the fish and neighbor’s pets. Julia, the town’s newest reporter, begins her investigation but realizes the story is much bigger and more dangerous than she thought! Julia and her husband find themselves on the run trying to save their lives while finishing the story of a lifetime! She never realized that being a reporter could be so dangerous. With artifacts, dead fish, a devastating flood, and miscreants, John and Julia have their hands full.

Sample Chapter: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/anasazi.html

E-book: https://www.amazon.com/Anasazi-Intrigue-Adventures-Julia-Evans/dp/1481266861

NON-FICTION

happiness-webcoverSearching For True Happiness

Synopsis: Everyone is seeking for true happiness in their lives. It’s the most sought-after subject on earth. To be truly happy is a great mystery to many, as they search for joy in everyday life. In this book, you will learn specific things that will bring you true happiness.

Blurb: “If more people took the advice from this book and used it to its fullest, the world would be a different place. Some of the ideas are rather simple but the overall message is profound. Happiness isn’t sitting where you’d think. But it’s easy enough to find with a little work and a few extra steps. I hope many, not only read this book, but also take it to heart.” –Author Brooke Williams

E-book: https://www.amazon.com/Searching-Happiness-Linda-Weaver-Clarke-ebook/dp/B01J4OSCMU

CHILDREN’S BOOK

Shadows webShadows in my Room: Bedtime Stories (Audiobook only)

“These adorable stories address children’s nighttime fears. My 4 year old and I had fun imagining how the shadows and noises in her own room could be understood. She thought the idea of the wind tickling the branches of the trees was hilarious. We enjoyed a good laugh together and I am sure any fear she had of the shadows and noises produced by the wind in the trees has been put to rest. Linda teaches how our imaginations can quiet our fears of nighttime noises.” –Cheryl Larson

Audible Audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/Kids/Shadows-in-My-Room-Whats-That-Noise-Audiobook/B01DE7R8N2

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Have I Done Any Good in the World?

“I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” (Stephen Grellet 1773 – 1855)

With all the natural disasters that have happened lately, this is a good time to ask ourselves what we can do to make a difference. How can we help others during this time of devastation, which several hurricanes and earthquakes have caused?

The charity of others during these disasters is very touching. We hear about the policemen, firemen, and medics who work from morning till night to help others, but we also hear about individuals who have volunteered. Those who were willing to help hopped in their cars and went to their aid. Those who could not travel afar sent clothes and canned goods to help the homeless.

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