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Fifty Shades of Faithful 2: In Living Color — New Release!

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Praise for Fifty Shades of Faithful from Amazon reviewers
The author sincerely thanks all these wonderful reviewers and hopes that other readers will take the time to post an honest review!
“Hang on to your Bibles and your sense of humor, but check your inhibitions at the door.”
“Interesting novel. Unusual for Christian fiction.”
“I’m 100% cheering for Christian married lit, even if I might have blushed a little.”
“I liked the way the characters were not one dimensional but complicated, especially the men in the stories.”
“I was very soon in love with the this unconventional couple and will be waiting for more of their adventures.”
“Great Christian response to 50 Shades of Grey. I would recommend this book 100%.”
“As a marriage counselor in training, books like these make me want to do back flips!”

Stories in Book 2

Each color stands for an emotion that can make or break relationships. Sam and Vivian Tucker take their unconventional marriage counseling on the road, visiting relatives and friends.  They deal with foster care, widowhood, sexual power plays, family secrets, rape, jealousy, and “sacred singlehood.”

story titles by color:

Red (anger): Sheep Gone Astray
Yellow (fear): Kittens in My Kiln
Blue (sadness): As the Peacocks Scream
Orange (bitterness): Bittersweet Blend
Green (jealousy): Controlling Interests
Purple (pride): The Lost Boys

Sam and Vivian Tucker face an angry vet searching for sheep rustlers while hiding a thirty-year-old family secret; a terrified rape victim searching for a one-of a kind cat; screaming peacocks tormenting a grieving widow, a bitter bookstore owner trying to understand why an author won’t come to her store; two young entrepreneurs trying to catch a con man; and a jeweler stunned to discover her heirloom brooch may have a dangerous past.

Amazon world link: http://authl.it/2×6?d

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/532285

And don’t forget, the first book in the series is only 99 cents!

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Amazon world link: http://authl.it/1s5?d

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457940

 

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New Release: Fifty Shades of Faithful — Post by Mary C. Findley

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No, I’ve never published contemporary fiction before. Yes, I have been writing it, off and on, for years. Other things seemed more important. But I happened to show a Counselor-in-training friend a short story I wrote over 20 years ago called, “Cowboys and Indians”. She was thrilled with the ideas in the story, about threats to marriage, about trust and playful intimacy, and about the looming threat of divorce in Christian marriages. She wanted me to publish it stand-alone, but I thought I would add to it, and focus on the secondary characters of Sam and Vivian Tucker. He’s a cop. She’s a photographer. After 20+ years together, they both see marriage and Christianity a little differently from some people, and they want to help couples in trouble. Divorce, Adultery, intimacy issues, spousal abuse, cultural taboos, and even child trafficking are all here in this collection of five stories. One reviewer said that if this book had existed back when she was married, it might have saved her from divorce. Whew! With Fifty Shades of Gray so popular, even among Christians, and the movie digging those ideas deeper into everybody’s heads, I thought this was a need that I might be able to fill. Give Tucker&Tucker a chance to help more marriages and relationships learn about fidelity and intimacy, not dominance and submission.

Amazon http://authl.it/1s5?d

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/nl/book/fifty-shades-of-faithful/id899038029?l=en&mt=11

See Cynthia P. Willow’s review here! http://www.cynthiapwillow.com/under-the-willow-tree-blog/my-review-of-fifty-shades-of-faithful-by-mary-c-findley

“Finding any drugs or beer kegs, officer?” Tim asked dryly, coming into the kitchen/living room.
“No, sir, and I’m not finding any food either, except this fossilized pizza.” He prodded the unopened box on the counter. “My friend said you’d been here about four days, taking long showers in the middle of the night. What have you been eating?”
“Well, nothing, I guess. My dad brought me that pizza when he was here – I didn’t really feel like it at the time. The coffee was complimentary with the coffeemaker when I moved in, as I understand it. I don’t normally drink it.”
“Well, it’s all there is, so choke it down. What do you normally drink?”
“Straight bourbon,” Tim grunted, swigging the coffee. “Ugh, this stuff is horrible. How can you drink it?”
“With four sugars and three creams,” the police officer replied. “But you don’t have anything like that. If you drink bourbon, you must eat the bottles afterward.”
“Right, I do. And then I beat up my wife.”
“Yeah, I believe that as much as I believe the bourbon.”
“No, it’s true. Call up your headquarters, or whatever you call it. You’ll find a protection from abuse order under Timothy James Reynolds. Or is it filed under her name? Sandra – Sandra–”
Tim buried his face in his hands and sobbed. His cup fell on the floor and the coffee scalded his leg but he didn’t care. The police officer pulled him up onto his feet and shook him hard.
“Say, what is wrong with you? You’re not drunk. There are no drugs – no anything in this place. You’ve shaved and taken showers, even washed clothes, my friend tells me from spying on the laundry room. Everything’s perfectly neat – clothes put away, no dust. If I had to guess I’d say you’re a Christian. What’s all this about a protection from abuse order?”
“No, no, you’re making a big mistake, officer, calling me a Christian,” Tim said, dangling in the bigger man’s grip. “I’m a pervert, a sadist. Ask anyone who knows me. Ask my wife – Is she still my wife, do you think? Can they divorce you without you even knowing about it?”
“Sit down,” the officer said. Tim sat. “Tell me what’s going on.”
“Did Sandy send you? Is she gathering evidence? Don’t you have to read me my rights?” Tim was babbling. He knew it. He just didn’t know how to stop. He was tired, he was sick; he couldn’t think. But the story came pouring out of him anyway, and the stranger in the police uniform sat down across from him and listened without saying a word.
“So that’s how it is,” the officer murmured. “Look, son, it’s Sunday morning.”
“Is it?” Tim asked blankly.

 

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Review of The Mummy Returns

Objectionable elements: 1. Veneration of false gods and magic spells related to the false religion. 2. Promotion of reincarnation as true. 3. Violence, including the mummy sucking the life out of people. 3. Cursing in English and probably in foreign languages. Scantily-clad women, including a lengthy “chick fight” in bikinis. 4. The “Medji,” Arabs fighting the evil mummy Imhotep and the Army of Anubis talk about destiny and being a “warrior for god.” 5. Visions and memories from past lives guide people. 6. Three people are resurrected from the dead simply by chanting a spell from a magic book.

So why watch it? It shows a married couple, adventurer Rick O’Connell and his Egyptologist wife Evelyn, very much IN love, not sniping at each other, not in any way dysfunctional, using playful persuasion on each other but never running each other down to others. In fact, everyone they encounter helps them because of their determination to do right without hesitation.

Alex, O’Connell, their eight year old son, acts like a “smart-aleck” on the surface, but he loves and respects his parents, responds to their teaching, and compliments them. Rick rescues him from the “Bracelet of Anubis Curse” by fighting off a horde of warriors and pygmies and running through the jungle to reach the pyramid by dawn. As they lie safe in the shadow of the pyramid at last, the exhausted Rick gasps, “It’s not easy being a dad.” Alex says, “Yeah, but you do it real good,” and falls into his arms. Alex knows how to bring his mother back because he paid attention and learned ancient Egyptian from her.

Ardeth Bey, the leader of the Medji, goes along with the O’Connells to find out where the battleground with the Army of Anubis will be. When his messenger falcon is shot down, he starts to leave to tell the Medji army where to come, but Rick stops him. “I need you to help me find my son.” Ardeth pauses. “First I will help you,” he agrees.

Rick and Ardeth Bey wade in to the Mummy’s pack of bad guys to rescue Alex. Evie and her brother Jonathan give them covering fire from a ridge. Evie says, “Jonathan, that’s my husband and my son down there. Make me proud.” Jonathan, normally a drunken, cheating thief, says, “Today’s that day, Evie.” For them, he does things that terrify him and does them well.

Rick says he only cares about his family. Even though he goes after Imhotep to avenge Evie’s murder, he knows he has to defeat both Imhotep and the Scorpion King to set things right, to “save the world.” When the time comes, he does not hesitate to give his all.

Near the end, both Rick and Imhotep are hanging off a chasm being “dragged alive into Hell.” Evie and Ank-sun-amun, Imhotep’s resurrected lover, anxiously watch as hands come up over the edge. Imhotep, right hand, left hand. Rick, right hand, left hand. Closeup on that left hand, and Rick’s wedding ring.

Evie stares into his eyes and he says, “No! Evie! Get out of here!” She runs in as the place is falling down on top of them and pulls him out. Imhotep calls out to his supposed eternal love to help him, and she says, “Nai!” (No, I presume) and runs away, only to be devoured by scarabs while Imhotep, tears in his eyes, lets go and willingly falls into the abyss.

Izzy, a grimy, disreputable dirigible pilot, rescues them as the pyramid and the whole oasis of Ahm Sher get sucked down into nothingness. Izzy has complained and questioned Rick through his whole time in the movie, but in the end he risks everything to save that family.

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