Airtight Case For Love

Release ~  June 1, 2016 Airtight Case For Love A feisty schoolteacher and a sarcastic police detective make a better case for disaster than love. A good detective knows exactly what it takes to bait a suspect. Especially when they are so predictable. A few words from me, and Lori Morgan’s temper flares like a rocket. Her beautiful blue eyes snap and turn a stormy gray. If I didn’t have a 5-year plan that excluded love and marriage, I would keep the cute little teacher under constant surveillance. I never trust a man with a wicked smile. Not even the ruggedly handsome Police Detective Seth Singleton. His sharp barbs and caustic words could drive a sane woman crazy. He ignites my temper quicker than lightning. If I were looking for a man, which I’m not, Seth would be the last … No, scratch that. I’d rather become an old maid than marry Seth Singleton. Lori and Seth forage their way through a quagmire of double-edged witticisms until disaster strikes, stirring up feelings neither were aware...
What’s Around the Bend? ~ Devos On The Run

What’s Around the Bend? ~ Devos On The Run

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Ps. 32:8 NLT Devo By Janice Olson I don’t know about you but I have a curious nature. I like to know where I’m headed and to see what’s around the bend in the road. It dries me crazy when my internal GPS isn’t working and I’m lost without direction. However, when I remember God’s promised to guide, advise, and watch over me, that’s when I turn my worries over to him. I can rely on his GPS … it never fails. Who better is there than the Great Creator, the Almighty who knows the beginning and the end. He knows how to maintain and shield me when my world is crashing down around me, when my troubles and worries are too much for me. None but God. He is ever faithful and will do the same for you. Father, thank you for your Word, for your direction as you watch over us. Let us always follow the path you set before us for you know best for our life. May we walk with you and always be held close to your heart. We pray this in the wonderful name of Your Son, Jesus....
Life is But A Vapor – Devos On the Run

Life is But A Vapor – Devos On the Run

When I was child, I thought my grandparents were ancient. When I was a teen, I thought my parents  were too old too understand.  When I got married, I though my whole life was before me.  When I became a mother, I aged as my children grew into the man and woman God ordained before my eyes. Now … I look back and wonder where the years have gone. The passing of time has taught me nothing lasts forever, and only what we do for Christ is eternal.    Lord, help me to always be thankful for each new chapter in my life and to use the time on this earth wisely. When I look back, remind me to look forward … the best is yet to come. Help me to use wisdom to do Your will and to live a life worthy of Your calling. I pray this in the wonderful name of Jesus....
Ben Wheeler, TX ~ Part 3

Ben Wheeler, TX ~ Part 3

(In conjunction with “Run … You Can’t Hide”) My book, “Run … You Can’t Hide” is centered around the countryside and town of Ben Wheeler, Texas. I use many of the actual places in town, fictionally of course, in my book. If you haven’t read my previous blogs on Ben Wheeler, Texas (Part I & Part II), I hope you will read what you missed. Also, my next blog will reveal the background of the story, where and how I got the idea for “Run … You Can’t Hide.” In my book, Leah’s Art Gallery is intricate to my plot. However, Leah’s Gallery doesn’t exist except in my book. I envisioned Leah’s Art Gallery to be catty-cornered from The Hat Doctor (mentioned in Part II – custom made western hats) and just about where the Flying Fish Gallery, owned by Randy and Sherri Martin, is now. Of course, the building is quite different in my Book. I must warn you about the Flying Fish Gallery. The shop isn’t what you think it might be. A little aside tale to put it all into perspective: The first time Harry and I drove through Ben Wheeler, my husband got all excited and had to turn around and go back to the fly-fishing place. He expected a shop filled with all types of fishing equipment and lures. It wasn’t. It’s like a lot of things in life. What he anticipated and hoped for and what he got were two different things. The Flying Fish Gallery is a whimsical shop of home and garden art—funk, silver to rust, simple to complex. The owner laughingly told Harry they...
Ben Wheeler, Texas – Part 2

Ben Wheeler, Texas – Part 2

(In conjunction with the release of “Run … You Can’t Hide”) Ben Wheeler, Texas is no more than a spot in the road. As the old saying goes, if you blink while passing through, you’ll miss it. There’s no yellow light to caution the non-locals there is a crossroad and to slow down and watch for pedestrians crossing—actually jaywalking. Oh, I failed to mention Ben Wheeler is the Official Wild Hog Capitol of Texas. They have a festival each year in honor of Wild Hogs–costumes, parade, and more. The quiet little town has an interesting history. In the early years, the city leaders built their hopes on the railroad coming to their community, which never happened. However, through ups and downs over the years, Ben Wheeler has managed to do what other little towns were incapable of doing—stay alive.   As of the time of this blog post, Ben Wheeler could boast of two restaurants—Moore’s Store and The Forge—both mentioned in “Run … You Can’t Hide,” and a handful of unique artisan shops—some that have been there for some time and others that are new or no longer in operation. For example, when I visited the middle of June this year (2015), the interesting ice cream parlor—Scoops & Scooters—with old unique motorbikes inside the parlor, was no longer in operation.       The stores are only open from Wednesday through Sunday at various times—when they receive most of their traffic. (It’s a good idea to Google Ben Wheeler for hours of operation while planning your visit.)     In “Run … You Can’t Hide,” I mention The Hat...
Ben Wheeler, Texas – Part 1

Ben Wheeler, Texas – Part 1

In conjunction with “Run … You Can’t Hide” If you haven’t guessed by now, my heart and stories belong to the Lone Star State—Texas, as it should be with you and your heart wherever you live. More times than not, I pick small towns for my settings, where most people are laid back, easygoing, with a true down-home flare for friendliness. The atmosphere of a small town lends itself to hospitality and often a glimpse into Texas history where the men and women had to be resilient and tough to survive. Small Texas towns are where you never meet a stranger, and you’ll always received a Howdy, how ya’ doin’, or the universal index finger raised from the steering wheel and moved to the side in a courteous howdy when you pass. For my novel “Run … You Can’t Hide,” being release July 28, 2015, was centered in and around the city of Ben Wheeler and surrounding countryside. In fact, my husband, Harry and I were on our way to my niece’s in Frankston, when we cut through Ben Wheeler and I got the idea for my story. As a rule, during research for my books, I generally travel to the town several times, if possible. I do my best to eat at the local restaurants, visit the local establishments and attractions, learn of their history, and take pictures of the community where I envision my story will take place. It’s wonderful getting acquainted with some of the merchants and other people in the town, which gives me more insight to the true nature of the city and its...
Suggested Summer Reading #3

Suggested Summer Reading #3

As I mentioned on Facebook last week, I have something to share. I am having a Beach Bag Giveaway in celebration of the summer and my newest soon to be released book – “Run … You Can’t Hide.” Book #4, in the Texas Sorority Sisters series, will be released on July 28, 2015. Everyone who registers at www.JaniceOlson.com will have a chance to win but only one lucky person will receive the huge Beach Bag filled with goodies. Next week, I’ll give a sneak peek into the first chapter of  “Run … You Can’t Hide” ~ Available July 28, 2015. So don’t miss it. Sign up today. Now … Suggested Summer Reading List: I know some of the books I suggest won’t be your cup of tea. But who knows? If you give them a try, you just might find a new author to add to your favorites. So here a re five more recommended options for summer reading.           “Mama B” by Michelle Stimpson, Books 1-3, “A Time to Speak,” “A Time Dance,” and “A Time to Love” … they are light-hearted, humorous reads, full of fun, wit, and humor. Michelle is a gifted writer who deals with ordinary issues and turns them into humorous stories that’ll keep you smiling. “Every Bride Needs a Groom” Brides with Style by Janice Thompson. (A great first name. J) Janice, a 20-year veteran author, gives the age-old story of being jilted a new twist. What better way to while away a good afternoon than by reading a good humorous romance that surely has a happier ever after. Let me know what...
Texas Toast

Texas Toast

Texas Toast Did you know Texas Toast was invented by accident? Well, according to oakcliff.org, the thick, delicious toast was sliced bread gone awry. Royce Hailey, now owner of the original Pig Stand, in 1941 while down in Beaumont, Texas, asked the Rainbow Bakery to slice the bread thicker for a more substantial toast. When the bread was delivered, it wouldn’t fit inside the toaster. The cook (whoever he was, God rest his soul) got the bright idea of buttering the slices on both sides and toasting it on the grill. Voilà! The result was tasty grilled toast, to which Hailey dubbed Texas Toast. It’s still around today, but now Texas Toast taken on all types of recipes: French Toast Texas Style, Garlic Toast, Thick Sandwiches, you name it. The one thing’s that consistent … still just as tasty. Until next time … may all your problems be sweet like cherries. Read a book....
Suggested Summer Reading #2 – Bats

Suggested Summer Reading #2 – Bats

Before I get down to the nitty-gritty of suggestions for summer reading, how about a little Texas trivia. Did you know … Austin, Texas is home the largest urban bat colony in North America. Over 1.5 million bats make the Congress Avenue Bridge over Lady Bird Lake their roosting place. They eat between 10,000 – 30,000 pounds of insects, including mosquitoes, per night. If your interested, you can read about my experience here: http://www.janiceolson.com/night-flight-all-things-texas/. Now as promised, here are five more book suggestions for good clean reads for the summer:         1. “Shattered Rose” (Book 1 of Winsor Series) by Tammy L. Gray. Her books are romance novels written for YA/NA, but the biggest share of her fans are adults. That being said … try one, you might like it. Her stories are written to inspire and provoke change—which you tell me what you think after you’ve read her books. You can find the book here:http://amzn.to/1deC6Lu   2. “A Woman of Fortune” (Book 1 of Texas Gold Series) by Kellie Coates Gilbert is a modern day tale of the heroine living the good life that all too soon turns to dust. As you can tell by the series name all three books take place in Texas. Kellie’s third in the series will be out in October this year. You can find Kellie’s book here: http://amzn.to/1N7C44w 3. “A Lady in Defiance” (Romance in the Rockies Book 1) by Heather Frey Blanton, a historical romance, is set in the time of the wild, wild west. I don’t normally read westerns; however, intrigued by the forward, I decided to...

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