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28 Jan

Wind in the Wires

Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Click here to read the first chapter of Wind in the Wires.

A cowgirl searches for love and family. An old man seeks justice for two cold case murders. Their journey together exposes lies and betrayal. Will the truth be too hard for either to bear?

It’s 1991. Reba Cahill loves ranching with Grandma Pearl in north central Idaho. But there’s a lot of work and only two of them. Reba decides she needs a husband to help her run the ranch. But she finds few prospects in the small town of Road’s End. 

But Reba is also missing something else: her mother. Deserted by her at three-years-old and never knowing her dad, she feels a sense of longing and loss. And bitterness.

When elderly, quirky Road’s End citizen Maidie Fortress dies, Uncle Seth presents Reba Cahill with an expensive piece of jewelry that turns Reba’s world upside down and leads her down unexpected paths and toward unsuspected admirers. Will the facts also ruin all hope for romance? 

 

 

Recipe Reba VeggieBeefSoup1

Reba Cahill’s Veggie Beef Crockpot Soup
Janet Chester Bly

Cowgirl Reba Mae Cahill of Wind in the Wires was so excited to learn about crockpots. She got her first one in 1989. Not one to like to fuss in the kitchen, she could start her soup or stew in the morning after chores and loved the feel of knowing it slow cooked all day. Off she went to fix fences and wrangle cows with her black horse, Johnny Poe. The veggie choices varied, but not the spices. She favored the mix of basil, dill and turmeric.

Basic Ingredients:
1-2 lb. ground beef
12 oz. mixed veggies–frozen, canned, or fresh
2 12 oz. cans tomatoes
2 medium potatoes, diced
1 Tbsp. basil or to taste
1 tsp. dill or to taste
1 pinch turmeric or to taste
Salt to taste
30 oz. beef broth
6 oz. ketchup
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 clove garlic minced
2 stalks celery, cut up
1 can corn
1 can green beans
add fresh or frozen (thawed) spinach last half hour

Crockpot or Stovetop Directions:
Add to large crockpot and cook on low for six hours or on high four hours. Or in large kettle on top stove and simmer several hours.

 

CornMuffin JalapenoCheddar

Pearl Cahill’s Jalapeno Cheesy Corn Muffins
Janet Chester Bly
Serving: 24 muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups yellow cornmeal
2 cups all-purpose flour (see links below for gluten-free conversions)
4 tsp. baking powder
5 Tbsp. sugar or light brown sugar or 3 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. salt
Add pinch each: chili pepper, black pepper, and paprika
2 tsp. minced onion
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 cups buttermilk
4 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
10 oz. shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
1/3 cup frozen corn kernels (thawed) or fresh or canned, well drained
4 jalapenos, minced (**) or 1 can jalapenos diced and drained

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Directions:

1 Preheat oven 400° F.
2 Grease muffin tins or insert paper liners.
3 Combine eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter in bowl.
4 In another large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
5 Add shredded cheddar, jalapenos, garlic and onion, and corn kernels to dry ingredients.
6 Add wet ingredients and mix gently just until all is moist.
7 Divide batter evenly into 24 muffins, about 3/4 full.
8 Sprinkle with extra Parmesan and cheddar cheese.
9 Bake about 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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*Converting a recipe to gluten-free: http://huff.to/1KSxsjv … or use this online recipe and adapt to Grandma Pearl’s version: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/jalapeno-cheddar-corn-muffins
Or for the 2 cups of wheat flour, convert to 1 1/2 cups rice flour, 1/3 cup potato starch, 1/3 cup tapioca starch, and 1 tsp xantham gum.

**Slice jalapenos in half. Remove seeds and membrane for less hotness. Don’t touch face or eyes before washing hands thoroughly.

 

Recipe Pearl RhubarbApplePie1

Pearl Cahill’s Rhubarb Apple Pie
Janet Chester Bly
Servings: 8 from 9” pie

Ingredients:

4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
1 cup peeled and chopped sweet apples
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 2/3 cups sugar or packed brown sugar or 1/2 cup honey
3/4 tsp. orange zest
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 dash ground nutmeg
1 dash ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 pastry for double-crust 9” pie (from your own or your grandmother’s favorite recipe)

Directions:

1 Preheat oven 400° F.
2 For the filling: in large saucepan combine rhubarb, apple, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and nuts.
3 Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
4 Add butter. Cool.
5 Prepare pastry shell for double crust pie. On lightly floured surface, roll 1/2 dough from center out to form 12” circle. Place in 9” pie dish. Trim to 1/2” beyond pie dish edge.
6 Pile filling into shell.
7 Roll remaining dough and form into 12” circle. Lay over filling. Press ends into crust edge. Fold bottom over. Crimp edges together.
8 Egg wash on top: 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. water. Brush top of crust. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
9 To prevent edges from burning, cover with 1” strips of foil.
10 Place on baking sheet.
11 Bake 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake additional 25 minutes until center is bubbly and crust golden.
12 Cool on rack.

 

About the Author:

Janet-w-leather-scarf-1-200x300Janet Chester Bly is a city girl with a country heart. She doesn’t corral horses or mow her own lawn. “I’m no womba woman,” she says. But she followed her husband award-winning western author Stephen Bly to the Idaho mountain top village of Winchester to write books and minister to a small church. When she lost him, she stayed. She manages the online Bly Books bookstore, rakes lots of Ponderosa pine needles and cones, and survives the long winter snows.

Janet Chester Bly is the widow of award-winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they authored and co-authored 120 fiction and nonfiction books. She and her three sons finished Stephen’s last novel for him, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. The family’s story is told on her website blog: http://www.blybooks.com/. Wind in the Wires is Janet’s first solo adult novel, a contemporary western mystery, a road adventure with a touch of romance. It’s Cowgirl Lit. Reader’s Guide for Group Discussion included. 

Author Links:
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Blog Tour + Review: Wind in the Wires

26 Jan

Wind in the Wires

Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble

A cowgirl searches for love and family. An old man seeks justice for two cold case murders. Their journey together exposes lies and betrayal. Will the truth be too hard for either to bear?

It’s 1991. Reba Cahill loves ranching with Grandma Pearl in north central Idaho. But there’s a lot of work and only two of them. Reba decides she needs a husband to help her run the ranch. But she finds few prospects in the small town of Road’s End.  

But Reba is also missing something else: her mother. Deserted by her at three-years-old and never knowing her dad, she feels a sense of longing and loss. And bitterness.

When elderly, quirky Road’s End citizen Maidie Fortress dies, Uncle Seth presents Reba Cahill with an expensive piece of jewelry that turns Reba’s world upside down and leads her down unexpected paths and toward unsuspected admirers. Will the facts also ruin all hope for romance?  

Thoughts:

Wind in the Wires is the first book in a new series by Janet Chester Bly.  This Trails of Reba Cahill novel is Janet’s solo debut, as the books she has written in the past were co-authored with her late husband Stephen Bly.  Janet also co-authored with her three sons to finish Stephen’s last novel for him, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot.

Wind in the Wires takes the reader back to 1991 in the small town of Road’s End, Idaho.  The author’s imagery is vivid and I easily envisioned the rural countryside.  While the characterization is strong, the cast of characters is vast and I found myself struggling to become invested in the characters.  The plot also presented a few challenges.  There were times when the story was engaging and other times when I felt a bit lost and my interest waned.  As the story progressed, I enjoyed the elements of suspense as family secrets were uncovered and surprises were revealed.  As the story concludes, questions linger and set the stage for the novel to follow. 

Despite my personal struggles, I have no doubt there are many who will enjoy this unique story! 

My sincere thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book.  All thoughts expressed in this review are my own. 

Click here to read the first chapter of Wind in the Wires.

 

About the Author:

Janet-w-leather-scarf-1-200x300Janet Chester Bly is a city girl with a country heart. She doesn’t corral horses or mow her own lawn. “I’m no womba woman,” she says. But she followed her husband award-winning western author Stephen Bly to the Idaho mountain top village of Winchester to write books and minister to a small church. When she lost him, she stayed. She manages the online Bly Books bookstore, rakes lots of Ponderosa pine needles and cones, and survives the long winter snows.

Janet Chester Bly is the widow of award-winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they authored and co-authored 120 fiction and nonfiction books. She and her three sons finished Stephen’s last novel for him, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. The family’s story is told on her website blog: http://www.blybooks.com/. Wind in the Wires is Janet’s first solo adult novel, a contemporary western mystery, a road adventure with a touch of romance. It’s Cowgirl Lit. Reader’s Guide for Group Discussion included. 

Author Links:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

Blog Tour + Review: Colorado Hope

19 Jan

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About the Book:

1875 ~ Beset by a sudden spring storm on the Front Range, newlywed Grace Cunningham watches in horror as her husband, Monty, is swept downriver. Pregnant and despairing, she stumbles into Fort Collins and tries to make a life for herself, praying that one day the man she loves will walk into town and back into her life.Colorado Hope 2

A year after Grace’s tragic loss, Monty enters the dress shop where she works—with a beautiful woman on his arm. Shocked that he has no recollection of her, Grace is determined to win back his heart. Somehow she must help him regain his memories and his buried love for her—and not just for her sake but for the sake of their infant son, Ben.

Monty, miserable in his marriage to a woman he hardly knows, is inexplicably drawn to Grace. Every time he’s near her, memories surface, but they are hazy and troubling. He’s torn between his vows and the desires of his heart, for he cannot stay away from Grace.

Grace’s hope is sparked when Monty starts recalling glimpses of his past. But when murderous outlaws come to town, she is thrust into grave danger. Monty risks his life to rescue her, only to face even greater perils in the treacherous mountains. Can she truly hang on to hope when she is about to lose all she loves?

Thoughts:

Colorado Hope is another wonderful, historical romance by Charlene Whitman!  Adventures in the Colorado Territory continue in this second book in the Front Range series.  While readers of Book 1, Colorado Promise, will enjoy revisiting a few characters, Colorado Hope is easily enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.    

With excellent characterization and superb imagery, Charlene Whitman brings this story to life!  I loved the dramatic storyline and its pulse-pounding danger and tender romance.  Monty and Grace Cunningham are such endearing characters!  My heart ached for them and all they endured.  Their story is one of loss and despair, but is also one of abiding love and hope.  I loved this captivating journey and look forward to more adventures on the Front Range! 

For fans of historical and western romance, I highly recommend both books in Charlene Whitman’s Front Range series, Colorado Promise and Colorado Hope.   

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Charlene WhitmanCharlene Whitman spent many years living on Colorado’s Front Range.  She grew up riding and raising horses, and loves to read, write, and hike the mountains.  She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an English major.  She has two daughters and is married to George “Dix” Whitman, her love of thirty years.  Colorado Hope is the second sweet Historical Western Romance novel in her Front Range series.

Connect with Charlene on Facebook and Twitter.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  All thoughts expressed in this review are my own and no monetary compensation was received. 

Blog Tour: How a Star Falls- Review + Interview + GIVEAWAY

21 Nov

How a Star Falls bannerHow a Star Falls by Amber Stokes

Sweet NA Contemporary Romance Novella

How does a star fall?
Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.

Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he’ll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it’s far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won’t stop trying to run his life.

Then Brielle falls into his world.

She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she’s crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can’t just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.

And his whole world falls apart.

A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.

Thoughts:

How-a-Star-Falls-ebook-cover2How a Star Falls is a delightful, contemporary romance! I am such a fan of Amber Stokes’ historicals, and was excited about her new story and new genre, New Adult. I don’t normally read New Adult stories, but was so glad for the opportunity to read this one.

I enjoyed the charm and whimsy of Derrick and Brielle’s story. Their struggles, emotions, and vulnerabilities were wonderfully portrayed! I also enjoyed the vividness of the seaside setting of Humboldt County. How a Star Falls is certainly “heartfelt and fanciful”; a story of the power of believing in yourself and believing in others!

My thanks to Amber Stokes for the complimentary copy of How a Star Falls. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Purchase your copy of How a Star Falls on Amazon.

 

Amber has graciously answered a few of my questions.  Enjoy the interview below!

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Amber Stokes works as a content writer (marketing services) for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and to run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this new chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she’s always considered home. Learn more about Amber’s books at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

 

Your previous publications have all been historicals. What prompted this journey into a new genre?

About a year ago, this vague sort of story idea about dancing stars hit me, and then it became “official” when my designer made me that beautiful cover. This came about before I’d published Forget Me Not and the companion short stories, so I guess it was just one of those times where a story inkling intrigued me and made me want to explore it. The genre that seemed to fit best was contemporary—a mixture of contemporary and fantasy, I suppose.

I’ve been reading more and more contemporary and fantasy stories lately, including plenty in the young-adult range, so I think the genre switch bloomed naturally from my growing reading preferences, as well as my desire to have something different to work on after “The Heart’s Spring.” That was the plan—to publish How a Star Falls after I completed my historical series. But Morning Glory (Book 3) wasn’t ready (or perhaps I should say I wasn’t ready for that story?), so my novella pushed its way to the front of my mind and heart. With all the transitions in my life this year (moving out on my own for the first time, starting a new full-time job, etc.), the final version of How a Star Falls flowed from more recent emotions and experiences.

How do you balance all of your writing responsibilities?

With a full-time job in marketing, this indie-author thing has become somewhat of a different animal! It probably helps that I write shorter pieces of fiction and not super long, epic novels. 🙂 So far, I guess I’m just learning how to prioritize tasks. While working on the first draft of How a Star Falls, I wrote some scenes in my journal, which allowed me to get some writing done during lunch at work. And since finishing the novella, I’ve just been focusing on one step at a time. Edits. Final proofing. Pre-order promotion. Release-time marketing. Etc.

I had hoped to start on a new story already, but I guess that will come soon enough. Baby steps, right? Of course, between work and my writing/book-blogging, I confess I do spend a ton of time in front of the computer…

Do you plan to revisit Derrick and Brielle in future stories?

I had planned for How a Star Falls to be a stand-alone. I’ve had some ideas about other new-adult novellas, and for a while I was thinking they’d be about different characters. But it always seems like reader feedback makes me want to write more about the characters I fall in love with. 🙂 Now I’m contemplating writing stories for Derrick’s sisters…which would, of course, include updates on Derrick and Brielle. But we’ll see how it goes! I find that my writing plans change and grow quite a bit over time. Maybe it’s that “pantser” part of me that likes to go with the creative flow!

Thank you so much, Amber!  I wish you much success with the release of How a Star Falls!

 

Connect with Amber:

Twitter: @SeasonsHumility

Blog: www.seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com

Website: www.seasonsofastory.blogspot.com

Pinterest: pinterest.com/seasonshumility

Goodreads: Amber Stokes

Google +:  +AmberStokes

 

GIVEAWAY!

Share in the excitement of Amber’s new release with a special starry giveaway!  You can enter to win one of three prize packs using the Rafflecopter form below.  Open to U.S. residents only.

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The Hardest Peace- Review, GIVEAWAY, and Blogger Challenge

16 Oct

The Hardest Peace

The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts

Blog tour information and schedule: http://litfusegroup.com/author/ktippetts

 

A young mother battling cancer invites readers to embrace grace in every season of life.

Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow.and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.

In The Hardest Peace, she invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. As the thousands of readers of her blog know, Tippetts explores the hardest questions of life with rare beauty and honesty. Most of all, she draws them back to the God who is present, in the ordinary and the suffering, and shapes every life into the best story of all.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/Cgo5s

 

Thoughts:

“This book is about a broken woman on the journey to know the hardest peace. Peace in the midst of hard.”

In The Hardest Peace, Kara Tippetts shares her powerful story and does so openly, honestly, and beautifully. Her words stirred my emotions and touched me in ways I never imagined. This is a breathtaking book! I encourage you to read it. You will be blessed; you will be changed.

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“In every season of our lives, we meet the hard edges of life we never expected.  The unexpected pain of life often leaves us only with the choice of how we will endure it.  We all have unexpected hard, but how do we face it?” 

I do not know the journey Kara walks with cancer, but I do know the unexpected and hard edges of life, as all of us do.  I have known unexpected and hard edges in my life, experienced them with others, and witnessed the hard in my community and the world around me.  I have hurt and grieved over things I cannot control.  I have nurtured fear and anguish, rather than seeking peace. 

In the midst of one of life’s hard edges, I read The Hardest Peace and Kara spoke words that I needed to hear.  Words that everyone needs to hear. 

“This is a book for all of us, because all of us face the hard edges of life, whether in marriage, parenting, pain, grief, singleness…brokenness of all shapes and sizes is warmly welcomed to the these pages.” 

I know that I am blessed beyond measure.  God is with me in every circumstance.  He answers my prayers, with His will and not my own.  I must choose to draw unto Him, seeking peace, in joy and in sorrow.    

“Hard is often the vehicle Jesus uses to meet us, point us to that peace, and teach us grace.” 

We do not know what tomorrow brings.  “We are not the Author of our story.  We are the characters.”  May our story tell of our love and life for Him. 

“My season of weakness has taught me the joy of receiving, the strength of brokenness, and the importance of looking for God in each moment.” 

How do you face the unexpected hard in your life? 

 

Kara TippettsAbout the Author:

Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and lead a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality.

Find Kara online: Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

 

 GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity, I have one copy of The Hardest Peace to give away.  Please leave a comment, including your email address, to be entered.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends Thursday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m. CST.   

To earn additional entries, you may do the following:
◦ Let me know you follow my blog
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◦ Share this giveaway through Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or email

Be sure and leave a comment letting me know what you have done to earn additional entries.

 

Are you a blogger? Don’t miss this blogger challenge giveaway:

Kara Tippetts‘ brave and touching book, The Hardest Peace is launching with a blogger challenge. Celebrate with Kara by joining the #HardestPeace conversation and share how you are finding grace in the midst of the everyday and in life’s hard moments.

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Share your stories of everyday grace in the midst of life’s difficulties and enter to win a #HardestPeace prize pack:

  • A book club pack (10 copies of The Hardest Peace for you and your small group!)
  • A handcrafted candle
  • Journal
  • Custom Etsy The Hardest Peace print and coffee mug

To enter to win, simply blog about your #HardestPeace story and then submit the link to your post via the link-up (or see link in the Rafflecopter below). Plus stop by others’ stories to leave encouragement and offer prayers as we all travel the journey of life together and discover that the hardest peace is often the most fulfilling peace.

Then follow Kara online (via the Rafflcopter) for additional entries into the giveaway.

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My thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the copies of The Hardest Peace.  I received these books in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. 

It Had To Be You, plus a $100 Visa Giveaway

27 Mar

 

It Had to be You

It Had to be You by Susan May Warren

Blog tour information and schedule:
http://litfusegroup.com/author/swarren

Synopsis:

Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Susan’s website.

Thoughts:

Susan May Warren is a master storyteller and has penned another fantastic story in It Had to be You!

One of my favorite things about a book series is the opportunity to really get to know the characters and become invested in their stories.  I fell in love with the Christiansen family in the first book, Take a Chance on Me, and adore them even more after reading It Had to be You.

John and Ingrid Christiansen are the parents of this Deep Haven, MN family.  Their beautiful love story is told in the prequel novella, I Really Do Miss Your Smile, which is included in the back of this book.  I loved reading “the love story that started it all”!

Each Christiansen Family novel tells the story of one of John and Ingrid’s children.  It Had to be You is Eden’s story and it opens, as each series novel does, with a letter to Eden from her mother.  One quote from this emotional letter is, “You see your value only in what you bring to your siblings, your friends, your world, instead of believing in the remarkable woman you are, in the person God created.”

It Had to be You is the story of Eden’s journey to discovering the person God created her to be.  Set amidst the exciting sport of hockey, this story is full of emotion, spiritual wisdom, and tender romance.  I loved the endearing characters and the personal growth they experienced.  Several storylines were woven through this novel, adding to its complexity and making it even richer.  There were times my heart ached while I was reading and other times when it rejoiced. 

I love the way Susan May Warren brings her characters to life and can’t wait to spend more time with the Christiansen family! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. 

Biography:

Susan May WarrenSusan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit MyBookTherapy.com to learn more.

Learn more about Susan at: http://www.susanmaywarren.com

Giveaway:

Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.

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One winner will receive:

  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan’s blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan’s free book club kit.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan’s blog on April 1st to see if you won.

IT HAD TO BE YOU $100 Visa Giveaway from Susan May Warren!

19 Mar

Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.

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One winner will receive:

  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan’s blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan’s free book club kit.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan’s blog on April 1st to see if you won.

The winner is…

4 Mar

Wishing on Buttercups- Blog Tour

The name drawn from my blog during Miralee Ferrell’s Wishing on Buttercups blog tour was:

Jackie McNutt

Congratulations, Jackie!  Happy reading!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with Miralee during her blog tour!  I hope you all have a chance to read the Love Blossoms in Oregon series!

Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY- Wishing on Buttercups

17 Feb

Wishing on Buttercups- Blog Tour

I am thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Wishing on Buttercups.  Each tour stop will be giving away one print copy of Wishing on Buttercups, U.S. residents only, so be sure and visit each stop to increase your chances of winning!  Giveaway details are given at the bottom of the post. 

February 10th – A Book Lover’s Retreat

February 11th – Shelley’s Book Case

February 12th – For the Love of Literature

February 13th –  The Book Bag

February 15th –  HomeSchooling4boyz

February 17th – Buzzing about Books

February 18th – Stuck on Books

February 19th – The power of words..

February 20th – My Recent Favorite Books

February 22nd – Melina’s Book Blog

February 24th – The Front Porch

February 26th – My Devotional Thoughts

February 28th – Diana’s Tea Time Reviews

February 28th – Create with Joy

 

Synopsis:

Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?

She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has.

Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her.

Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future and her heart.

As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?

Thoughts:

Wishing on Buttercups is the second book in Miralee Ferrell’s Love Blossoms in Oregon series. This captivating story imparts a wonderful message. “God looks at the heart, not the outward appearance.”

Wishing on ButtercupsHaving read Blowing on Dandelions, I was eager to continue this series! I loved returning to Baker City, Oregon, and delving deeper into the lives of Beth Roberts and Jeffery Tucker. Both of these characters harbored secrets from their pasts and unanswered questions plagued them. This intriguing storyline, coupled with complex characters, kept me turning the pages and wanting to know more.

I also enjoyed catching up with the other colorful characters who were introduced in Blowing on Dandelions. It was a pleasure to revisit the boardinghouse, which continued to bustle with the activities of its residents.

Miralee Ferrell has penned a story that is full of heart and emotion; one that will draw you in and surround you with comforting hope. I highly recommend Wishing on Buttercups and eagerly await more stories in this wonderful series! 

You can order your copy of Wishing on Buttercups from Amazon, other online retailers, or your favorite bookstore.

Biography:

Miralee Ferrell- headshotMiralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and former ACFW chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels since starting to write in 2005. She enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Miralee has had eight books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical fiction, with another 5 under contract. She’s an award-winning author of Western fiction, and her newest novel, Wishing on Buttercups released February 1, and is the second in a series set in Baker City, Oregon, 1880s.

Interact with Miralee:

Website:  www.miraleeferrell.com

Facebook Author page:  www.facebook.com/miraleeferrell

Twitter: www.twitter.com/miraleeferrell

Giveaway:

To be entered to win a print copy of Wishing on Buttercups, please ask Miralee a question in the comments below.  Be sure to include your email address!  Miralee would love to answer questions concerning her books, writing, publishing career, pets, or her hobbies.  She will stop by periodically to answer questions, so drop in again to read her replies! 

Please note: Winners will be drawn on March 2.  There will be one winner drawn per blog and no winner may win more than one book in this tour. 

Welcome back, Miralee.  It is such a pleasure to visit with you again!  I have heard authors say they were surprised by a character, scene, or other element in their writing.  Did you encounter any surprises while you were writing Wishing on Buttercups? 

Blog Tour Kickoff- Wishing on Buttercups

10 Feb

Wishing on Buttercups- Blog Tour

 

The Wishing on Buttercups Blog Tour kicks off TODAY!  Each participating blog will give away one copy of Miralee Ferrell’s Wishing on Buttercups.  Giveaways open to U.S. residents only. 

To enter, simply visit a blog stop, read the post, and ASK MIRALEE A QUESTION in the comments section.  Visit as many blogs as you wish! 

Also, on Tuesday, February 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern, there will be a one-hour Twitter party. Everyone who asks a question during the party will be entered to win two books, signed by Miralee. Use and follow #WishingOnButtercups to participate!

The blog tour schedule is posted below.  As you can see, I am one of the stops on the tour.  I hope you will stop by and join the fun, right here, next Monday!  Good luck!!

 

February 10th – A Book Lover’s Retreat

February 11th – Shelley’s Book Case

February 12th – For the Love of Literature

February 13th –  The Book Bag

February 15th –  HomeSchooling4boyz

February 17th – Buzzing about Books

February 18th – Stuck on Books

February 19th – The power of words..

February 20th – My Recent Favorite Books

February 22nd – Melina’s Book Blog

February 24th – The Front Porch

February 26th – My Devotional Thoughts

February 28th – Diana’s Tea Time Reviews

February 28th – Create with Joy