Monday, December 11, 2017

3 books by Autographed books by Anne Greene ends December 18


Please Welcome Anne back to my blog. Anne is giving away 3 autographed books so be sure to read on down on how to enter. Don't forget to leave your email address and if you are a feedburner follower be sure to let me now for a second entry.  



EXCERPT FROM A GROOM FOR CHRISTMAS
BY ANNE GREENE

Felicity advertised for a husband and received a great many responses. She and her late father’s friend, Jed, go to dinner together at the boardinghouse.

“Say, what about that feller who’s staying in the downstairs corner bedroom? I’ve been studyin’ him, and he seems like a good Christian man. I see him at church every Sunday.”

She frowned. “I don’t know. There’s something about him that irritates me every time I see him.” And why not? Ben had not so much as walked her to the new church after she’d dropped a wagonload of hints. Those sky-blue eyes barely acknowledged her when he breezed into the general store to buy provisions. Ben had only gotten excited when she dropped everything dear Mrs. Baxter ordered into a jumbled pile in front of the sweet lady, and rushed to wait on him.

But he’d gotten plenty animated choosing which gold-mining pan he wanted. He’d chosen one of each. She sighed. He hadn’t picked up on her hint of the picnic lunch, the carriage ride, or the pie auction. She’d spent all her spare time baking that pie. Ben had no interest in her.

“The feller’s tall. He’s so clean and brown, looks like he’s been scrubbed with saddle soap. But you ask him where he’s from and where he’s aheadin’, he turns as dangerous as being’ up a creek with a grizzly. But otherwise, he’s right smart to talk with.”

“Perhaps that’s why I don’t like him.” Or more likely because he ignored her smiles and attempts at revealing her interest.

“But jist take another look. He favors one of them men in a mail-order catalogue.”

“Oh, he’s handsome all right, with that dark, wavy hair and those brooding blue eyes. But he gives the impression he’s not interested in land in the Oregon Territory. He’s got Gold Rush Fever.

What a happy day for her if she could order a man out of the catalogue. A mail-order groom. That’s what she needed. One who fit all her criteria. She could check off all the things she wanted in a man…and mail him back if he didn’t suit her needs. She thinned her lips. But, darn if she wouldn’t order one who looked just like Benjamin.

She and Jed entered the dining room. Every chair at the double-trestle table held someone except for three empty seats at the far end. Jed seated her and hunkered down across from her, leaving the chair at the end for whoever came in late.

She glanced around the table. Of course, the missing boarder had to be the dar-haired cowboy. “Do you recall his name?” She’d already gone so far as to embroider his name on her pillow slips. Well, Papa always said, ‘Dreams never amount to much. Just get your hopes high until someone comes along and stomps them into the ground.’ Still, a blue-embroidered BEN on her pillow winked at her each night before she closed her eyes.

“Ben Bonneville. Cain’t think why I didn’t mention him to you as a possible. Seems to me he fits the bill, unless he’s on the doge from the law.” Jed glanced over his shoulder at the door. “Here he comes. Now don’t you go acting as prim as a preacher’s wife at a prayer meetin’. I’m thinkin’ this Benjamin might be jist the man we’re alookin’ fer.”

Felicity’s cheeks heated. Too bad Ben didn’t think so.


How about you?
Felicity Daniels was on her way to homestead the free land in the Oregon Territory when her

father died less than half way there. Would you have had the courage to pursue your dream,

though it meant advertising for a husband?



Scores of were eager to sign on as a husband to receive an all-expenses-paid journey to a new land, plus 240 acres.

If you had been there, how would you have decided on what special man to choose for a husband?


Giveaway:
Anne is giving away an autographed copy of Avoiding The Mistletoe, and an autographed copy of A
Texas Christmas, and an autographed copy of A Christmas Belle. Answer one of the questions above to be entered in the giveaway!






















About Anne:
My home is in the quaint antiquing town of McKinney, Texas, just a few miles north of Dallas. My dear husband is a retired Colonel, Army Special Forces. My little brown and white Shih Tzu, Lily Valentine, shares my writing space, curled at my feet. I have four beautiful, talented children, and eight grandchildren who keep me running. ANNE GREENE BIO

I’ve traveled in every location of each book I’ve written, and each book is a book of my heart. Besides my first love, writing, I enjoy travel, art, sports, reading, sailing, snorkeling, movies, and way too many other things to mention. Life is good. Jesus said, “I am come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly.” Whether writing contemporary or historical, my books celebrate the abundant life Jesus gives.

I’ve written several other novellas. AVOIDING THE MISTLETOE, is included in the Mistletoe, Jingle Bells, and Second Chances Collection. My novella KEARA’S ESCAPE is included in the Orphan Train/Spinster Collection. DAREDEVILS is included in the North Carolina, 50 States Collection. SPUR OF THE MOMENT BRIDE is included in the Wyoming, 50 States Collection. A CHRISTMAS BELLE, is included in the Christmas Mail Order Angels anthology. THE MARRIAGE BROKER AND THE MORTICIAN is included in The California Gold Rush Romance Collection. My novellas, A FOOL FOR LOVE, A GROOM FOR CHRISTMAS, and A TEXAS CHRISTMAS MYSTERY are stand-alone novellas.

Moody Press published my first book, TRAIL OF TEARS. I love writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. My Women of Courage series spotlights heroic women of World War II. You might want to begin with the first book ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS. Read my private investigating series, Handcuffed In Texas. The first book is RED IS FOR ROOKIE. Enjoy my award-winning Scottish historical romances, MASQUERADE MARRIAGE and MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT. I hope my stories transport you to awesome new worlds and touch your heart to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy my books on http://www.Amazon.com. Anne Greene.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

USA Word Finds by Vickie Mcdonough ends 12/11

Please welcome my good friend, Vickie McDonough, to my blog this week. Leave a comment to be entered to win USA Word Finds!

Writers tend to be creative people, in more ways than just one. When I’m not writing, I like doing artistic-type things, even though I can’t draw a box. For years, I’ve done cross-stitch projects. I dabbled in graphic design and also stained glass, making several pieces. I also repurpose small furniture pieces to sell in my booth at an antique mall.


Early last year, I turned in my last contracted book to my publisher after writing several stories in a short time period. I can’t say that I was burnt out, but I was tired and ready to do something different while still being creative. I watched some webinars on creating puzzle books and decided to try my hand at that.

I’ve always liked word search puzzles so I started with one of those. I decided on a USA theme then set about making over 75 word lists, all centered around United States topics, places or people. Once I had the words lists done, I put each list into a word search generator to make the puzzle. Then I had to compile them all in a book. It turned out to be more work than I’d thought, and the two-month project turned into an eight-month one. In my defense, I did have surgery in the midst of it, so that set me back a bit. I learned a lot through the process, so next time I create a word search, it shouldn’t take nearly as long. Here’s the cover of my “baby.”

Insert USA Word Find cover here

Next, I wanted to try my hand at a coloring book, but there was that little issue of not being able to draw. I settled on making a coloring book about mandalas, which are geometric repetitive shapes. The ones I used had thick, dark lines, which gave me the idea of incorporating the stained glass theme. Once one of the pictures is colored, it will resemble a stained glass image. I also incorporated vignettes of stained glass history, techniques and tools on every other page to make it educational as well as relaxing.

This book was much easier to create, since I’d already learned how to put a book together on the first project. Also, my skills in Photoshop are improving at a snail’s pace, so that made creating the cover slightly easier. Here’s the cover of my Stained Glass Mandalas book.


Insert Stained Glass Mandalas cover here

There was quite a big learning process in these two projects, but I’m glad I stuck to it and didn’t quit. I enjoyed doing something different and being creative in a different way. For those of you wondering if I’ll have more fiction books out, the answer is yes. Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers release in March. I can’t tell you what’s coming next though, because I’ve started packing for a move, but I predict I’ll find something creative to do before long.

Insert Seven Brides cover here

About Vickie: Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is a best-selling author of more than 45 published books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Her novels include End of the Trail, winner of the OWFI 2013 Booksellers Best Fiction Novel Award. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Song of the Prairie won the 2015 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Gabriel’s Atonement, book 1 in the Land Rush Dreams series, placed second in the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Vickie has recently stepped into independent publishing.

Vickie has been married for forty-two years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and a precocious granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, doing stained glass, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Daily Wisdom for Women 2018 Edition by Darlene Franklin

Please welcome Darlene Franklin back to my blog. Read on down to find out how to enter to win Daily Wisdom for Women 2018.

Thanksgiving
Any way I look at it, 2017 has been a banner year. Before, during, and after each think I mention below, here the big “PRAISE GOD!” that’s rising from my soul. Because that’s how I feel.
Professional:
·        I reached the 50 book mark in July! I have published 2 books since then. For someone who took 14 years to have even one book published, that’s hugely exciting.
·        In 2017 alone, I have published six novellas with Forget Me Not Romances and two four books with Barbour Books.
·        I was invited to write devotions for the 2019 edition of Daily Wisdom, which goes through the Bible in a year. God finally showed that He had fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing devotions through the Bible, if I contribute to enough of these collections!
·        Two surprise invitations: to write prayer starters to accompany 12 Months to Better Prayer For Women (Barbour Books, TBR Feb 2018) and Praying Through the Bible in a Year (Barbour Books, TBR Nov 2018). What a privilege! I hope the readers gets half as much from it as I have in writing it.
·        Driving force behind Oklahoma Christian Fiction Writer’s second book of short stories, Cracked Ice
·        Oh, and Praying Through the Bible will be my first full length nonfiction book, all by me.
·        And more that I won’t mention here …

Personal:
·        I am about to become a greatgrandmother! Little Brilynn is due on February 4th. Praising the Lord that her teenage mother is in good health and spirits. The mantle of motherhood is settling well on her.
·        Praising God for bringing family members back into my life—my step-sister Karen and my cousin Jan.
·        Astonished at the way God is answering prayers! Clear, immediate answer on concrete prayers, in a way I’ve never experienced so often before.
·        Although the frustrations of my daily life in a nursing home remain unchanged, I am dealing with them better.
·        Loving the colored pictures I work on daily. I’m sharing a few.



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About Darlene:
Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Moore near her son, and is expecting her first greatgrandchild in January. Mermaid Song is her fiftieth unique title! She’s also contributed to more than thirty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears in four monthly venues (including Oklahoma Senior News and Living. Other recent titles are Christmas Masquerade and Maple Notch Romances Eight Couples Find Love You can find her online at: Website and blog, Facebook, Amazon author page