Thursday, December 28, 2017

Elizabeth Camden, Historical Novel


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A DANGEROUS LEGACY
By Elizabeth Camden


Elizabeth Camden
Elizabeth Camden is the author of ten historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master’s in history and a master’s in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at her website.


From the book’s back cover:
Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin is talented, handsome, insufferably charming—and keeping a secret that jeopardizes his reputation.

Despite their rivalry, Lucy can’t deny that Colin has the connections she needs to give her family an edge in the long legal battle they’ve been waging over their rightful inheritance. But when she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they dive into proves to be far more dangerous than they ever could have known.

From Jo:
Elizabeth Camden has written another winner! This historical inspirational romance is chock full of the sweet love between a young American woman and a member of British royalty. They each experience a burdensome family legacy that they cannot turn their back on, yet one that keeps them apart. This book’s pages hold suspense enough to keep you turning pages until the end. When you finish the book you’ll probably feel you know Lucy and Colin, their characters are so well written and developed. And the historical facts surrounding the story are woven into the story at precisely the correct amount and at the appropriate times.

Where you can purchase A Dangerous Legacy
Amazon
Barnes and Noble  

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 2, 2018 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 An Amish Summer by multiple authors is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


My latest book has released – Betty’s Blessing, a novella, book #2 in the California Bound series. (Book #1 in the series is Donna’s Detour.) Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

An Amish Summer by Multiple Authors


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AN AMISH SUMMER
By Multiple Authors


Shelley Gray
Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best-seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website online. 


Amy Clipston
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her website online. 


Kathleen Fuller
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her website online. 




Kelly Irvin
Kelly Irvin is the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. A retired public relations professional, Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-nine years. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors. Visit her website online.

From the Book’s Back Cover:
A new novella collection of sweet, summer romances
from some of our favorite Amish authors!

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray
When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful?

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston
Arianna is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Adrianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna’s brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse’s best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna’s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller
Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister Sarah. Even the boy she has known—and loved—her entire life, Judah, only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin
Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, she has taken over the role of caregiver to her large family. And reckless Jacob, who has had a little too much fun on his rumspringa, only seems to add to the list of people to manage. But one summer changes everything, and these two may just find a way to meet in the middle and share one sweet kiss.

From Jo:
This collection of four novellas by wonderful writers of Amish fiction is a winner! All four novellas are filled with sweet love stories sprinkled with elements of family and the Amish community. Enjoyed all the stories. My favorite is One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin!

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 26, 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 To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden is Jackie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Simply Christmas is an invitation to take a fresh look at the holiday in hopes Christmas will once again be a time of joy and reflection for your family instead of commercialized chaos. The authors, Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston, urge you to keep your celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world. Available on Amazon.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Elizabeth Camden, Historical Novel


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TO THE FARTHEST SHORES
By Elizabeth Camden




Elizabeth Camden
Elizabeth Camden is the author of nine historical novels and has been honored with the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the Carol Award. With a master’s in history and a master’s in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at her website.  


From the book’s back cover:
The unpredictability of her upbringing prepared army nurse Jenny Bennett to face any challenge at the Presidio Army base, but the sudden reappearance in her life of the dashing naval officer who broke her heart six years ago is enough to rattle even her.


Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher is one of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring government mission overseas—an assignment that destroyed his reputation and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor-bound never to reveal where he was during those years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth, or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution to his impossible situation, but he needs Jenny’s help. While her loyalty to her country compels her to agree, she was too badly hurt to fall for Ryan again despite his determination to win her back. When an unknown threat from Ryan’s past puts everything at risk—including his life—can they overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them in time?


From Jo:
Elizabeth Camden has written an absolutely beautiful love story between a U.S. Navy man and a civilian nurse. When the Navy sends him on a highly secretive mission, it destroys his reputation and breaks her heart. He’s honor-bound not to reveal where he was or what he was doing while he was away. His telling would jeopardize countless lives and also the continuing mission. The couple battles continuous conflict when he tries to persuade her to take him back. The story is full of twists and turns that keep the reader turning pages. I love Elizabeth Camden’s stories!

Where you can purchase To the Farthest Shores:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble 

Commenters, to enter the book drawing for a print copy of To the Farthest Shores please leave your comment on this post through December 19, 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 Jerusalem Rising by Barbara M. Britton is Lori. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Simply Christmas is an invitation to take a fresh look at the holiday in hopes Christmas will once again be a time of joy and reflection for your family instead of commercialized chaos. The authors, Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston, urge you to keep your celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world. Available on Amazon.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Barbara M. Britton, Biblical Fiction novel


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JERUSALEM RISING
by Barbara M. Britton

Barbara M. Britton
Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. Barb writes romantic adventures for teens and adults in the Christian fiction and Mainstream markets. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.

Please enjoy Sara’s article below about writing Jerusalem's Rising.


A Book That Never Changes,
But Is New Every Day
by Barbara M. Britton

I have been a Christian for over forty years. I’m married to an ordained minister and my basement looks like a theology library. I’ve had the privilege of teaching Bible stories in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and in a local Christian school. I thought I knew a lot about the Bible…until I started reading the story of Nehemiah.

I had taught about Nehemiah going before the king and asking to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. I had even had my students stack cardboard boxes to simulate the building of Jerusalem’s wall. So, when I started writing Jerusalem Rising, I thought it would be easier than writing my other Biblical fiction. But, no. The Bible never ceases to amaze me. I learn knew tidbits of information every time I dig into Scripture.

My heroine, Adah, is a daughter of Shallum mentioned in Nehemiah 3:12. I had no idea young girls worked to rebuild the wall. How did I miss this? We don’t know how many daughters Shallum had, but I have given him two [in my novel, Jerusalem Rising]. Two brave girls who help Nehemiah restore their city.

I also didn’t know there was a prophetess mentioned in Nehemiah’s story. Nehemiah 6:14 mentions the prophetess Noadiah. Now, you would think she would be a supporter of Nehemiah’s work. Think again. She tries to intimidate Nehemiah and he is not happy about it. She shows up in my novel and irritates Adah and Nehemiah.

As I mentioned previously, I have been a Christian awhile. I remember a song talking about the joy of the Lord being one’s strength. Well, that ditty is in the book of Nehemiah. I love Nehemiah 8:10b
“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Isn’t that an awesome reminder of where joy comes from? I like to say that you have joy if you put Jesus first, then Others, then Yourself.

Nehemiah also reminds us of the history of the Israelites. In chapter 9, he recounts the calling of Abraham and the Exodus. Nehemiah gives us a mini history lesson.

I feel blessed to be writing stories from God’s Word. My husband once told me to never bore people with the Bible. How can I? I am learning knew things every day about God and His Word.

May you and I continue to learn more and more about God as we celebrate Christ’s birth and the blessing of a new year.


Barbara, welcome. Please tell us more about Jerusalem Rising.
When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise?

Where can we find you online?
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads


Where can readers purchase Jerusalem Rising? 
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Barbara, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Barbara is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of Jerusalem Rising to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 12, 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 Callum’s Compass by Sara L. Foust is Patti. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Simply Christmas is an invitation to take a fresh look at the holiday in hopes Christmas will once again be a time of joy and reflection for your family instead of commercialized chaos. The authors, Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston, urge you to keep your celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world. Available on Amazon.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sara L. Foust, Inspirational Romantic Suspense Novel


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CALLUM'S COMPASS
by Sara L. Foust

Sara L. Foust
Sara L. Foust writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and is a member of ACFW and Tennessee Mountain Writers. Callum's Compass won second place in Deep River Books' 2017 Writer's Contest.  Sara also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Gain access to a FREE digital scrapbook detailing some real-life places from Callum’s Compass by signing up for her newsletter


Welcome, Sara. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why? 
I would love to have dinner with J. K. Rowling and, first, ogle with my mouth wide open, and then pick her brain. I love Harry Potter, but I also love that she is a mom who is a super successful author!


Sara's Writing Place
Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
My favorite place to write at home is on the front porch on a special, extra-comfy bench I made so the kids and I would have a place to be creative. 

What can your readers expect from you next? 
The second book in the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, Camp Hope, will hopefully be coming out Summer 2018! It is also set in East Tennessee and tells the story of a foster mom/camp director whose foster daughter is kidnapped. She sets out on horseback into the mountains surrounding her farm to bring Mattie home.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? 
Tell your friends, please! Books sell by word of mouth. And, I would be humbled if you read Callum’s Compass and feel led to leave a review on Amazon (those reviews really do help!)

Please tell us a little about your novel, Callum’s Compass
KAT WILLIAMS’S brother died in a gruesome accident in the mountains of East Tennessee. She blames herself.

RYAN JENKINS’S fiancée was murdered. He couldn’t protect her.


With the death of her brother, Kat believes she is unworthy of love from anyone—even God. When a good friend elicits a promise that she will stop living in the past and then leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt, Kat embarks on an adventure chock-full of danger. To find the treasure, Kat will have to survive wild animals—and even wilder men. Can she rely on Ryan, the handsome wildlife officer assigned to protect her . . . without falling in love?

Ryan swore off love when his fiancée was murdered, but feelings long-buried rise to the surface around Kat. He volunteers to help with her treasure hunt, vowing to keep her safe. Together they venture deep into caves and tunnels . . . and even deeper into the depths of their unplumbed hearts.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Email
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Google+
Amazon

Where can readers purchase Callum’s Compass
Amazon in both print and eBook. 

Any parting comment? 
If you’d like to sign up for my newsletter, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date and to connect with me with questions or prayer requests. And for signing up, you receive a free digital scrapbook I made detailing some real-life locations that inspired scenes in Callum’s Compass. I’ve been told it’s a lot of fun! Newsletter sign up here.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Who would you like to have dinner with? 

Sara, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Sara is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (U.S. mailing address) or eBook copy of Callum’s Compass to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 5, 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 Christmas Grace by Rose McCauley is Lori. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Simply Christmas is an invitation to take a fresh look at the holiday in hopes Christmas will once again be a time of joy and reflection for your family instead of commercialized chaos. The authors, Vickie Phelps and Jo Huddleston, urge you to keep your celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world. Available on Amazon.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Rose Allen McCauley, Contemporary Christian Fiction


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CHRISTMAS GRACE
By Rose Allen McCauley


Rose Allen McCauley
Rose has six fiction books published now, and this was her first fiction anthology for Barbour. Can you tell Christmas books are her favorites? A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over four decades, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and grandmother to five lovely, lively kids!


Please enjoy the following article about the story behind Rose’s novel, Christmas Grace.


Christmas Grace and the Story Behind the Book
by Rose Allen McCauley

This story is very dear to my heart! The idea came to me while standing in line at a funeral visitation for my oldest daughter’s best friend in high school who died a few years later. 

Penny had developed kidney failure, and that led to her death from heart complications, leaving a small daughter and many loving friends behind. So, I wanted to write a happy ending to the story, which led to me writing this book.  I even sent a copy to Penny’s daughter who said she enjoyed it.

The book was written in memory of Penny Sadler Prows and is dedicated to my daughter Christy McCauley Kinney and her husband Chris Kinney, the couple who grace the beautiful cover designed by Delia Latham!


Chris is also the name of the fictional hero in the book who loved both women. He and Grace Buchanan grew up on the same street. Grace’s best friend all through school was Terrie whom Chris fell in love with while in high school.  They were called the “Three Musketeers” until Grace noticed Terrie started sitting in the front seat when Chris would pick them up, and she was okay with that. Chris had always been more like a brother to her anyway. 

Grace was the maid of honor in their wedding then moved away to Chicago to get a degree. When she heard about Terrie’s diagnosis five years after their graduation, Grace came back to Gatlinburg and was tested to be a kidney donor for Terrie, but hers didn’t match. Soon, she came back for Terrie’s funeral, then stayed in Chicago for the next five years except for short trips home to see her parents.

My story begins with Grace on a plane to Gatlinburg for her tenth high school reunion where she runs into Chris who travels a lot for his work. He gives her a ride home, and they spend several evenings together while meeting with the reunion committee. 

They each feel some unease at first, then both realize they are attracted to their friend from childhood. But, will they be betraying the love of their other best friend and Chris’ wife’s memory?

This is a romance, so you know it will have a happy ending, but there is a lot they have to sort through and live through before they can make that decision. If you don’t win this book, I hope you will order a kindle or print version from Amazon.

This book would be a great read to get you in the Christmas spirit. I read Christmas books the whole month of December. How about you?


Welcome, Rose. Where can readers find you online?
Website and blog
Twitter
Facebook  

Where can readers purchase Christmas Grace?
Amazon

Rose, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Rose is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of Christmas Grace to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 28, 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 Puzzle House by Lillian Duncan is Carol S. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Betty’s Blessing, a novella, book #2 in the California Bound series. (Book #1 in the series is Donna’s Detour.) Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lillian Duncan, Contemporary Christian Fiction


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PUZZLE HOUSE
by Lillian Duncan


Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled…with murder and mayhem.
Lillian Duncan
Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. To learn more about Lillian, you may visit her at website, her Tiaras and Tennis Shoes blog, and her devotional blog.


Please enjoy the following article by Lillian Duncan:


A Different Sort of Book

My usual books are fast-paced suspense and mystery novels but my newest release, Puzzle House is a different sort of book than I usually write. However, that makes sense. I’ve been living a different sort of life for more than five years. My life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with brain tumors and a genetic condition known as Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) in 2012.

During these past several years, I’ve come to understand that nothing can be taken for granted. Except for God and his faithfulness. God has been there with me—every step of the way on this journey I didn’t want to take.

In many ways Puzzle House is the book I never wanted to write because I know had I never been diagnosed with the brain tumors, I would never have written this particular story. 

Like me the main character, Rachel, has NF2 but that’s not the main point of the story. The focus is that Rachel stepped up in obedience to what God wanted from her. And just like many of us, she thought that because it was what God wanted her journey would be an easy one.

Wrong!

Instead Rachel had many lessons to learn on her way to becoming all that God created her to be—as do all of us. As the story proceeds she shares her experiences and those lessons with Nia, a young African-American girl who is dying as they work on a puzzle together.

Why did I choose a puzzle theme? Because in many ways life is like a puzzle—not a box of candy! There’s lot of pieces that have to be put together before you can see the whole picture. Many times we don’t understand why we need a particular piece but God always does.

It’s not easy to keep trusting God when we are suffering, whether it be from a physical condition like brain tumors or it be some other difficulty like losing a loved one. But when we trust God with all the puzzle pieces of our life, He will use them to create a thing of beauty, such as a book called Puzzle House.

After all I’ve written about NF2 you might think it’s a sad and depressing story, but you’d be wrong. The tagline for Puzzle House is a novel of healing and hope and that’s what I want people to take away from the story—that no matter what circumstances they find themselves in God promises that he will work all things out for the good of those who love him (Romans 8: 28).  

Maybe not the way we want it to work out as Rachel discovers in Puzzle House but then again God’s ways are not our ways. Puzzle House is a good example of that. I hate my brain tumors but I would never have written Puzzle House without them. So God took my difficult circumstances and worked them out for my good by inspiring me to write a different sort of book.

Welcome, Lillian. Please tell us a little your book, Puzzle House.
Life isn’t a box of candy—it’s a puzzle! 

Rachel Summers is all about Rachel Summers…until the day she crashes headlong into a semi-truck. As her life hangs in the balance, she has a visitor who asks a very simple question.

Does she want to be healed or to be a healer?

She makes her choice, but the journey doesn’t go quite the way she expected. 

And so Rachel now runs Puzzle House. Every guest is different and yet the same. They all come to the Puzzle House for one reason and one reason only—to be healed, usually from a life-threatening illness. Sometimes they receive their miracle, and sometimes they discover there’s more than one kind of healing.

Nia is a fifteen-year-old African-American girl who is dying. The doctors have told her there is nothing else to be done. No more treatments. No more hope. No more life. And she’s angry about that. Very angry. Against her wishes, Nia’s aunt brings her to the Puzzle House.

Together, Nia and Rachel will take a journey that will change both their lives.

Where can readers purchase Puzzle House?
Amazon


Lillian, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Lillian is offering an eBook copy of Puzzle House to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 21, 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 Christmas Belles of Georgia by multiple authors is Robin. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Betty’s Blessing, a novella, book #2 in the California Bound series. (Book #1 in the series is Donna’s Detour.) Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rose Allen McCauley, Contemporary Christmas Collection


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NICK'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Rose Allen McCauley
Included in Christmas
Belles of Georgia


Rose Allen McCauley
Rose has six fiction books published now, and this was her first fiction anthology for Barbour. Can you tell Christmas books are her favorites? A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over four decades, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and grandmother to five lovely, lively kids!


Please enjoy the following excerpt from Nick’s Christmas Carol:

Nick arrived at seven. Also dressed in black down to his ski mask and gloves, he pulled another ski mask from his pocket. “I love the golden streaks in your hair, but we need to cover it tonight.”

“Thanks.” He’d used the word love again. This time about her hair. Would he ever say he loved her? She took the mask and pulled it over her hair, only leaving her eyes, nose and mouth uncovered.

When she turned to face him, he kissed her on the tip of her nose. “You sure make a cute burglar.”

 “Thanks.” She looked at the tree filling up most of the truck bed. “It’s beautiful, so full and green.”

Nick hummed then began to sing, “Lavender’s blue, dilly dally. Lavender’s green.” His eyes locked on hers. “I’ve been humming that song ever since we met again this fall. I see your lovely blue eyes every night when I go to sleep and when I awake in the morning.” He moved closer to her. “But tonight, in the dark, your eyes look lavender green.”

“Maybe it’s the reflection from the tree.” Me and my wise mouth. Right when he might have kissed me.

He scooted back to his side and started up the truck. “Maybe.”

The young mom’s home was only a few blocks from the Warren House. They drove the dark streets in silence. Nick shut off the engine and coasted to a stop two doors down in his minister friend’s drive.

“Stay warm inside until I get it untied.” He hopped out of the truck and spent a couple minutes unloading the tree, then brought it around to her door. He tapped on the door—two shorts and three longs.

“I’ve got the heavy end. You get the top of the tree.”

“Okay.” The light brown bird nest near the top glowed in the moonlight. She wished she could be inside when the children noticed it.

They quietly situated the tree on the small front porch. Nick motioned her to go on and hide behind the neighbor’s bushes. As she did, she heard the sound of a doorbell then felt two strong arms around her as he slid into place beside her.

The front door opened. A child’s high-pitched voice hollered out, “Mom, come look what’s on our porch.”

Another child began to clap. “It’s a Cwismas tree, a Cwismas tree.”

Phyllis stood on the porch, her arms around each child.

The older girl pointed up. “Look, Mom, a card.”

The young mother picked off the note and read, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of  lights.” Her gaze searched the yard, and Carol could see the woman’s tears glistening. “God sent us this gift through His helpers.”

“Like Santa’s elves?” asked the younger child.

“Only better.” Phyllis motioned to the taller girl. “Connie, if you get hold of the treetop and pull, I think I can get the rest of the tree inside.”

The shorter child began to jump up and down. “Can we decowate it tonight? Pwease?”

“Yes, honey. God has given us this tree, and I’ll even pop some popcorn and teach you—” The mom’s words faded as the door closed on the happy family.

Carol lifted one gloved hand to wipe at the moisture in her own eyes. Surprised to find her other hand warmly held in Nick’s, she wondered when and how it got there. Although he might not know it, he also held her heart. She loved him.
***
Nick loved the wonder on the faces of the two young girls, and the joy and pleasure he read on Carol’s face. I love Carol Peterson. Now what am I going to do about it?


Welcome, Carol. Please tell us a little about Christmas Belles of Georgia.
They were sisters once—identical quadruplets—given up for adoption at birth. Now each receives a letter advising her to claim her inheritance and the family she never knew. . .at Christmas. Holly feels betrayed when she learns she’s adopted, while Carol prays for a loving family. Starr thinks it’s all a hoax, and Noelle needs a break from a hopeless situation. There are more surprises in store as each young woman gets just the gift she wants—and needs. You’ll be warmed by love in these interwoven tales of the ultimate Christmas gift. . . .

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

Where can readers purchase Christmas Belles of Georgia?
Amazon

Rose, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Rose is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (U.S. mailing address only) or Kindle eBook copy of Christmas Belles of Georgia to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 14, 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 An Amish Christmas Love by multiple authors is Ann K. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


My latest book has released – Betty’s Blessing, a novella, book #2 in the California Bound series. (Book #1 in the series is Donna’s Detour.) Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.