Thursday, March 10, 2016

Another Winner in the Love Is Series!

Julie B. Cosgrove has added her efforts to the fabulous Love Is . . . Series! She's an incredible writer and I know you won't want to miss her novella. It's based on I Corinthians 13:4-8.

                              Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 
Sibling Love
Julie B. Cosgrove

I guess most sisters bicker as they grow up. We have a tendency to be a tad jealous of each other. “How come she gets to…” and later, “Why do all my boyfriends notice her?” Even later, “Why doesn’t my husband treat me like hers treats her?” or “”Why are her kids so well-behaved?”
My sister and I are six years apart so by the time I entered my teens she was married. I felt a deep loss and for a long time I felt the odd person out. She and my brother’s wife were closer in age, so they bonded. They always huddled at family events. I felt the pangs of exclusion like the wimpy little kid slumped on the sideline bench whose muscles would never fill out his uniform.
Until my husband died suddenly in the shower getting ready for work. Though five hours away, my sister dropped her life and rushed to my aid. She boarded her animals at the vets, packed a bag and drove to my door. I honestly cannot tell you how long she stayed with me. Certainly until after the funeral five days later. Having lost her husband a year previously, she guided my numbed mind and aching heart through the planning, the visitations and the arrangements as I sniveled for days on in overwhelmed by it all.
When I sold the house and moved to a one bedroom apartment, all I could afford at the time, she returned. We spent hours rubbing masking tape onto the floors mapping out where furniture would go and plotting what I could bring and what I should leave behind for the estate sale. She then monitored the estate sale like an award winning  car salesman, raking in the bucks so I could afford the moving company.
My brother, an attorney, drove in to handle all the legal affairs pro bono without blinking an eye. All I had to do was show up at the courthouse and swear my husband to be deceased—by far my highest hurdle. Declaring him legally dead before a magistrate made it real, too real. My brother stood by my side as my knees quaked. His even-toned professionalism became my boulder. I watched, wide-eyed and tear-blinked as he handed off paper after paper to the court clerk. Documents all identified by letters and numbers which I never understood. 
Growing up, my brother seemed a phantom. Eleven years older than me, he was a teenager locked in his world by the time I could toddle. Then came the college years away. When I was in third grade, he walked down the aisle. After that, he moved away, had a child of his own and built a life. Eventually I did the same. For decades we acknowledged each other like shadows at family gatherings. But that day at the courthouse, he became flesh and bone to me.

God purposes good from tragedy. My husband’s passing brought me closer to my siblings and showed me what family-bound love is all about. Five years later, we are able to communicate at a deeper level, share our feelings openly, and be there for each other through this roller-coaster called life. Now, that’s true love— a love akin to no other on earth..

Twin sisters, Erin and Ellen, covet each other’s lives and husbands. Their festered envy has not only kept them at arm’s length for almost two decades, it has placed both on a precipice of divorce— something they’d never admit to each other.Yet after two weeks together with their spouses, as they sort through their mother’s belongings following her funeral, they discover the flaws in their sibling’s “grass-greener” lives. But will that revelation help each sister appreciate her own husband and lifestyle as truly according to God’s plan? Or is it too late for a change of heart?

Julie B Cosgrove is a novelist, but she also writes devotionals and inspirations articles for several publications and websites on a regular basis. In college she won the American Bible Society’s Religion Major of the Year award and went on to study in seminary until the birth of her son, who was in and out of the hospital most of his childhood. However, she never lost the itch to write. After a hiatus of thirty years, she once again picked up the pen and became a freelance writer. She was awarded one of the  50 Great Writersr You Should Read for 2015 by the nationally syndicated radio The Authors Show and her novels awarded her Best Religious Fiction 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors.
 She has four novels, Focused, Hush in the Storm, Legitimated Lies and Freed to Forgive and six non-fiction works published. She is under contract for two more romance novellas, Navy Blues and Hill Country Homecoming,  and a three-book cozy mysteries series called the Bunco Biddies for 2016-2017. The first, Dumpster Dicing, releases June 3, 2106.
When she isn’t writing, Julie is a part-time church secretary, active in her own church, especially in missionary outreach, and mentoring new writers in the craft. A professional speaker, she leads women’s retreats, Bible studies and writer workshops.
Julie is a widow who lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her two spoiled-rotten and lovable house cats whom she dubs her ”beastie boys.” She enjoys clean, romantic suspense and mysteries in print and on film, especially British ones. She is an avid word puzzle player and loves to spend time floating in the Guadalupe River at her maternal family’s cabin in the Texas Hill Country.

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