Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jodie Wolfe, Historical Romance Novella


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AN ANGEL FOR THE COWBOY
by Jodie Wolfe


Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky
Jodie Wolfe
meet. She's been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie.



Welcome, Jodie. What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is steak, sweet potato, and a fresh salad.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Suspense. I occasionally read it but wouldn't attempt writing it. 

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
I've always wanted to write a story about a lady writer who wrote dime novels. It finally fit to have her be the heroine in this story.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? You Guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Neither. :) I try to be gluten free.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Definitely winter. I love snow.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novella, An Angel for the Cowboy (included in Let Love Spring: A Historical Spring Collection).
When the bank threatens foreclosure on Essie Love's home, it's up to her to provide for her sisters. She’ll do whatever it takes to save them, even if it means marrying a stranger.

Jud Steele is wanted for a crime he didn't commit. Wounded and left for dead, he lands on Essie's doorstep. While she nurses him back to health, he finds himself longing for a home and family.

Can two desperate people find a path that leads to what they both need?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook Author Page
Facebook Personal Page 
Twitter
Pinterest
Blogs I contribute to: Stitches Thru Time, Putting on the New.

Where can readers purchase Let Love Spring?
Amazon

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
What grabs you when you are reading a book?

Jodie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jodie is offering an eBook copy of Let Love Spring to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 30, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Love Restored by Jennifer Slattery is Karen. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 




My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jennifer Slattery, Women's Fiction/Romance Novel


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RESTORING LOVE
by Jennifer Slattery


Editor and novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery has
Jennifer Slattery
a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. She writes Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and is the managing and acquisitions editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit with Jennifer online.


Please enjoy Jennifer’s article below:



When God Revived My Passion For Prayer

At times, my prayer life can resemble a multi-looped roller with me vacillating between faith and fear. It’s not that I don’t believe God has the power to answer prayer. Nor do I think Him callous or unhearing. Rather, I have a tendency to sit rather comfortably in the rational.

About ten years ago, this heavy reliance on rationalism made my prayers feel scripted and dutiful.

Until Katrina hit. We were living in Shreveport, Louisiana at the time, far enough away from the storm to stay safe, yet close enough to see the devastation. But most of our friends had family living in the New Orleans area. Such a thick blanket of gloom overshadowed our city, perhaps the entire state. A trip to the grocery store felt like a funeral procession. The shelves were bare, and men and women walked up and down the aisles with slumped shoulders and hallowed eyes. I wondered which of them had lost a loved one or were anxiously awaiting news.

Two of my friends had aging parents further south. Apprehension abounded as we awaited news, but within short order, our anxiety was alleviated. Both sets of parents lived far enough away from New Orleans to avoid major calamity. We assumed everything was fine and went about our business trying to care for the large influx of hurting, and hungry, people packed in our churches, shelters, hotels and convention centers.

A dear friend and born leader quickly moved to the forefront. She was one of the first to show up at the church each morning, where pews were filled with toiletry, clothing and food items for Katrina victims, and often the last to leave. Her stories of God-moments kept us all energized and reminded us that no matter how dark the storm and no matter how thick the rubble, God was still there, holding His children together.

But then things hit closer to home, and Tina*, the prayer warrior, was in need of prayer. Her father, already in poor-health, quickly took a turn for the worse. I was sitting in a mutual friend’s kitchen when I first heard the news. Tina’s father was bleeding out. Fast. But with the hospitals, and even veterinary clinics, jam-packed with Katrina victims, there was nowhere for him to go.

The situation seemed hopeless. After the phone ended, my friend and I sat speechless, processing it all. With all hope gone, we cried out to God, interceding on our friend and her father’s behalf. I prayed first, and as I began, years worth of “Your will be done” swam through my mind. I started to pray for God’s comfort for Tina and Tina’s family, but then I stopped. A man’s life lay on the line, and asking for comfort just wasn’t good enough.

In desperation for my friend, I poured my heart out to God begging for the miraculous. I’m not sure how long my friend and I prayed. We didn’t watch the clock or search for the right words to say. Our words poured easily, fervently, from united, yet completely broken hearts.

The next day, we learned that the man whom we’d prayed for had stopped bleeding, completely, during the time we were praying.

Unfortunately, he died a few weeks later, although in a much more peaceful environment surrounded by family and friends. And yet, his momentary healing wasn’t in vain because it revived my faith, and my passion for intercessory prayer. True, God is sovereign and He’s going to do what He knows to be best, but He also hears us when we cry out to Him and allows us to catch a faint glimmer of His glory.
________
*Name changed for privacy purposes.


Welcome, Jennifer. Please tell us a little about your novel, Restoring Love
Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She's almost his worst nightmare, and she’s also working on restoring something herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common, a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband's incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

Where can readers find you online?
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase Restoring Love?
Christian Book Distributors
Barnes and Noble
Amazon

Jennifer, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jennifer is offering a paperback copy of Restoring Love to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 23, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Poison We Drink by Carol McClain is MH. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Carol McClain, Contemporary Women's Fiction


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THE POISON WE DRINK
by Carol McClain

Carol McClain is a New York Yankee now living as a
Carol McClain
Southern belle. She moved from New York—so far north she was almost Canadian—to Tennessee. Everything in Tennessee from the Smokies to Dollywood to the Secret City delights her.


She has three novels. DWF: Divorced White Female is a laugh-out-loud tale of a woman looking for love online. In Waters of Separation, the tragedy of a physician assistant’s past resurrects when she discovers child slavery in the Ivory Coast. The Poison We Drink explores forgiving the unforgivable.

She has one husband, one daughter and one dog.


Welcome, Carol. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I was young, the Freedom Riders worked in the South. Desegregation and marches and long-denied liberty was finally being granted to our African-American brothers and sisters. I wanted to be a part of that, but my mother and father wouldn’t let me run off to the South. They claimed I was too young. They said the South was too far away, and I wouldn’t make my curfew if I left.

As an adult teaching AP English Language and Composition, I taught many of King’s essays and speeches. What an orator he was.

He, along with Mother Teresa and Abraham Lincoln are my heroes.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Zany, creative and socially-minded.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I love working with stained glass. I have my own studio and am currently working on a Tiffany-styled lamp. The light on glass, the texture and the colors delight me. I sell them at craft fairs along with my books.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
My success as a writer, aside from writing engaging stories, hinges on my readers. Word of mouth endorsements help me tremendously. In addition to telling friends, reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and sites like these help enormously.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Poison We Drink.
How do you forgive the unforgivable?


A drunken accident injures Torie Sullivan, and her life collides with paramedic Adam Benedict who rescues her. She’d made his life miserable when they went to middle school, and those scars still wound Adam. When he discovers she’s homeless, he introduces Torie to his girlfriend Maya Vitale, and their friendship develops.

Despite her idyllic, gentle life, Maya, too, hides dark secrets.

The three friends must face their toxic pasts and learn forgiveness before bitterness poisons them.

Where can readers find you online?
Blog
Twitter
Facebook

Where can readers purchase The Poison We Drink?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment?
Unforgiveness is the poison we drink. Holding grudges only hurts ourselves. Forgiveness heals us. I hope you join Torie, Adam and Maya on their path to redemption.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters aren't required to answer the question to be entered in the book drawing.)
How do you forgive, especially when severe hurts are hurled your way?

Carol, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Carol is offering an eBook copy of The Poison We Drink to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 16, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin is Susan F. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.





Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kelly Irvin, Amish Romance


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UPON A SPRING BREEZE
by Kelly Irvin


Two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist Kelly Irvin is the
Kelly Irvin
author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County, Bliss Creek Amish, and New Hope Amish series. Her latest work is Upon a Spring Breeze, the first novel in the four-book series Every Amish Season. Her work has also appeared in two Amish anthologies, An Amish Market and An Amish Christmas. Kelly is a retired newspaper reporter and public relations professional who lives with her husband in Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats.



Welcome, Kelly. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
People often believe that when they become Christians, life will get easier. That is not the case. Scripture tells us we will have trouble in the world, but not to worry, because Jesus has overcome the world. That is the crux of my story. We suffer and we don’t know why and we pray for relief. Sometimes we don’t get it. Bess suffers a terrible loss that makes it difficult for her to maintain her faith. Upon a Spring Breeze is a story about how we become strong through difficult moments. We’re broken down by events in our lives, but God leads us through and we’re refined like silver by the fire.

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
I wanted to write some older women characters. The Amish typically marry young so the romances center around women in their early twenties. I proposed to my editor that I write a series focused on widows and how they fit into the family-focused communities of the Amish. Each book represents a physical season, but also a season in a woman’s life: young newlywed, widowed mother of seven, grandmother, and great-grandmother. When the Amish scribes do their census for The Budget Newspaper each year, they count number of families, number of newborns, number of weddings, funerals, and also how many widows/widowers. They single them out. I wanted to examine that from a female perspective. 

Upon a Spring Breeze also looks at the role of suffering in our lives and why we suffer even when we pray for relief. It’s an on-going discussion in my head and my heart.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I’m compelled to write because it gives me joy and gives my life a meaning that it wouldn’t have otherwise. I feel as if it’s something I do reasonably well and it’s a gift from God so it’s incumbent upon to use that gift. I would write in other genres as well if the path opened up. It’s not so much about genre as it is story.

Lighting Round: 
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach
Y’all or You Guys?  Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner roll
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? fall
Laptop or Desktop? desktop
Mug or teacup? mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Upon a Spring Breeze.
After a devastating year, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a
new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann,
Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy—and the possibility of love?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook 
Twitter
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase Upon a Spring Breeze?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble  
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Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
Do you like reading books in which the characters are close to your own age or does it matter to you?

Kelly, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Kelly is offering a print copy of Upon a Spring Breeze to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 9, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Shepherd’s Song by Bettilu Davies is Paula. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.








Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bettilu Davies, Christian Fiction (Historical)


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Shepherd’s Song
by Bettilu Davies


Bettilu Davies was born in Pontiac, Michigan. From an
Bettilu Davies
early age she made up stories, first telling them to a favorite teacher who wrote them down, and then writing them down herself. She loved music and studied piano for years with three concert pianists, and later taught piano. Bettilu attended Pontiac Business Institute and Moody Bible Institute where she met her husband, married, and worked at Moody Press. An editor there encouraged her to write. Bettilu later published with Marty Series with Moody Press and The Secret of the Hidden Cave with Zondervan. Shepherd’s Song is her sixth published book.



Welcome, Bettilu. What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I love to spend time with my children and grandchildren. I find them fascinating, whether I’m watching the children play or I’m talking with the adults about their interests. Other than that, I enjoy reading more than anything else. I tend to carry a book with me everywhere I go, even if I can only snatch a few minutes or so to read. I also paint landscapes, knit, crochet, and work in paper crafts. I tend to turn my relaxation projects into work, so have to vary my projects so what is meant to relax me doesn’t become another tension-filled job.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Three years ago my children gave my husband and me an all expense vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for our golden anniversary. They gave us a choice: they would pay for some expensive project to fix up our home, send us on a vacation alone as a couple, or rent a house big enough to accommodate all of our children and grandchildren at a scenic spot for a week. It was a no-brainer. I’ll choose my children any time. We had a wonderful vacation, visiting Clingman’s Dome, traveling through the scenic mountains, visiting the artist colony, and playing with the children at the arcades and children’s museums.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I like creating the characters, imagining what they would do in a given situation, and developing their personalities as they face one obstacle after another. I also like finishing a book. There’s a lot of satisfaction in that.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Shepherd’s Song.
Cautious and conservative piano teacher Gail Winslow reads murder mysteries to liven up her life. When her
hero, concert pianist Brad Shepherd, shows up on her doorstep, she is still under the influence of her latest midnight reading and thinks he is a stalker. She not only breaks his arm, but—after much apology—enters into the musical adventure of a lifetime, helping him construct a series he has long dreamed of presenting on television.

Meanwhile, Brad struggles to defeat the nagging reminders of childhood taunts here in his hometown, as well as to quell the impossible idea of making Gail a part of his life permanently. She’s a quiet homebody; how can he thrust her into the glamorous but demanding life he lives? Not until they are both forced to put their lives on the line to find a lost child does a solution present itself.

Where can readers find you online?
Website 
Facebook   

Where can readers purchase Shepherd’s Song?
The Wild Rose Press   
Amazon

Any parting comment?
I’ve taught piano lessons for nearly fifty years. My numerous experiences with students triggered my imagination, but studying with three concert pianists and hearing their experiences set my imagination on fire. My own love of music and my struggles with performance anxiety added to the mix. While the story is fiction, it is based on a multitude of life experiences.

Bettilu, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Bettilu is offering a print copy of Shepherd’s Song to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 2, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Pony Express Collection by Darlene Franklin is Britney. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.




My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Darlene Franklin, Christian Historical Romance


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THE GAMBLER'S DAUGHTER
in The Pony Express Romance Collection
by Darlene Franklin



Darlene Franklin
Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest
claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. This year she expects to reach fifty unique titles in print and she’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears monthly in Bookfun Magazine. Her most recent titles are The Pony Express Romance Collection, Love's Compass, and To Riches Again.



Welcome, Darlene. What has no one asked that you would like to share?
Andrea Stephens suggests this question: You always seem to have a book in the works. What keeps you motivated?

I’m self-motivated. But deadlines and accountability help. I used to be accountable to a writing group. Now I have deadlines.

There is always another story to tell! Often I have the basic story concept in mind long before I actually begin writing. I also am working on deadlines—that's a great motivator. I would still write every day, but not be as focused, without those looming deadlines. This year I overcommitted myself—a novella every month from April through October.

How do people react when they find out you write?
They’re usually surprised—they don’t expect someone who is still writing to live in a nursing home!
They often say, “so you must be rich.”  (If my name was Steven King or James Patterson, perhaps.)
What do you write? Mostly historical romance
An apology – “I used to read.”
And every now and then—“I’ve read one of your books.”

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
At this point in time, I write almost exclusively on the computer. When I started writing, I didn’t even have a computer. I wrote by hand in spiral bound notebooks, riding to and from work on the bus. At night I typed what I had written on my typewriter.

Lighting Round:
Y’all or You Guys? Probably Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits

Please tell us a little about your novella, The Gambler’s Daughter, one of nine novellas in The Pony Express Romance Collection.

Join the race from Missouri, across the plains and mountains to California and back again as brave Pony Express riders and their supporters along the route work to get mail across country in just ten days. It is an outstanding task in the years 1860 to 1861, and
only a few are up to the job. Faced with challenges of terrain, weather, hostile natives, sickness, and more, can these adventurous pioneers hold fast, and can they also find lasting love in the midst of daily trials?

The Gambler’s Daughter by Darlene Franklin.
Gambling debts drive Caroline Adams’s estranged father away from the Chelan Swing Station before her arrival. Can his replacement conquer the temptations goading them both to prove himself worthy of Caroline’s love?

Where can readers find you online?
Website and blog
Facebook   
Amazon author page   
Twitter

Where can readers purchase The Pony Express Romance Collection?
Amazon
Christian Book Distributors    
Barnes and Noble


Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog today, Jo!

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
If you wanted to send a letter to someone who doesn’t live in your city, who would it be and why? Think like the Pony Express. If you didn’t have the mail service, how might it arrive?

Darlene, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Darlene is offering a paperback copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 25, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Spring of Weddings that includes A Proxy Wedding by Toni Shiloh is Patty. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


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On my website, you can read the first chapters of all my novels and novellas.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Toni Shiloh, Contemporary Romance Novella


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A Proxy Wedding
by Toni Shiloh


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction
Toni Shiloh
writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.


She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

You can find Toni on her website


Welcome, Toni! If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why? 
Jane Austen! I love her writing, but besides that, she was an extraordinary woman for her time. To be published in a world that felt that women writers were odd, raises my esteem of her. I would love to hear what writer tips she’d have to give.

Please describe yourself with three words. 
Quiet. Prayerful. Hopeful.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation? 
Reading! :) I’m so busy with other things, that when I have a moment to truly relax, I pick up a book. Otherwise, I play video games with my family or dabble in jewelry making.

What can your readers expect from you next? 
Finding Love, book two in my Maple Run series is slated to release the end of June! I’m so excited about this book. Delaney and Luke really captured my heart.

Please tell us a little about your novella, A Proxy Wedding. 
Carly James values loyalty and friendship above all. So when her best friend calls asking her to be a
proxy bride, she says, ‘yes.’ How hard can it be to say ‘I do’ so that her best friend can be with the one she loves? Only, Carly never counted on the feelings that began to swirl around with the proxy groom. 

Damien Nichols likes life lined up from A to Z, but when his best friend calls in a favor, disorder begins to reign. Instead of taking a quick flight to the proxy wedding, he has to take a road trip with the proxy bride. Carly’s free-spirit attitude bumps heads with his meticulous approach to life. As Damien discovers the woman underneath the carefree fa├žade, his emotions become involved. 

Will love become real at A Proxy Wedding?

A Proxy Wedding is one of the stories included in A Spring of Weddings that is scheduled to release on April 29th.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Facebook
Google+
Pinterest
Goodreads
Bookbub 

Blogs I’m part of:
Putting on the New
Heart"Wings"
Diversity Between the Pages


Where can readers purchase A Proxy Wedding?
A Spring of Weddings, in which A Proxy Wedding appears is scheduled to release April 29th. Please check on my website for updates about purchasing. 

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Jo. I appreciate being a guest and I hope your readers enjoyed learning more about A Proxy Wedding.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Why do you think opposites attract?

Toni, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Toni is offering an eBook copy of A Spring of Weddings, which includes her story, A Proxy Wedding and is scheduled to release on April 29th, to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 18, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Building Benjamin: Naomi’s Journey by Barbara M. Britton is Ann. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.