Monday, October 3, 2016

Down Squash Bottom Road by Janet Chester Bly ends 10/10

Please welcome Janet Chester Bly to my blog. Janet is giving away a copy of her book, Down Squash Bottom Road (choice of paperback or ebook). Leave a comment about Janet's post or ask her a question for a chance to win. Don't forget to leave your email address and if you are a feedburner follower be sure to let me know for an extra entry. 

Horses and the Trails of Reba Cahill Series
Janet Chester Bly

Horses play important roles in the Trails of Reba Cahill Series. While my late husband, award-winning western author Stephen Bly, knew way more about horses than I ever will, I enjoyed the research and gaining insight into who these animal characters were and what they might do in any given circumstance.

In Book 1, Wind in the Wires, black quarter horse Johnny Poe has always been hard to handle. But the heroine, Reba Mae Cahill, prides herself that she broke him when she was only sixteen. Her grandmother has no patience with him as he has thrown her more than once and stirs up her mares at the worst times. He got his name through Grandpa Cole Cahill who told stories of a gambler named Johnny Poe from the old days of gold mining. That Johnny Poe claimed to be a cousin of the writer Edgar Allan Poe.

The horse Johnny Poe has a backstory too. He is deathly afraid of barbed wire fences, though they surround the Cahill ranch. Reba knows the reason why. He was found as a colt next to his dying mother, gashed and twisted from withers to poll in a barbed wire fence. But she works with him to face his skittish fears, a part of their ongoing bond.

In new release, Book 2, Down Squash Blossom Road, Reba digs deep to find the courage to forge a relationship with her mom and escape a crazed man’s obsession. She also faces an uncertain future as horse trainer Soren Patrick offers her a new buckskin horse to replace Johnny Poe.  Perhaps Soren will also be a love interest. The buckskin he thinks so perfect for her could be the catalyst to the growth of their relationship. The buckskin also has a history. He served in Desert Storm, the 1991 Gulf War. This causes him to have a kind of horse version of PTSD. Soren believes Reba can help him overcome or cope with it.

In addition, in Book 2 I studied the actions of horses on the beach and around ocean waves. A stable in the story offers rental horses to guests for hillside trails and shoreline rides. Their chosen horses are good condition, well-trained Arabians, with their neat ears, widely spaced eyes, tapered muzzles, and aristocratic heads. But any horse facing the ocean for the first time or after a traumatic event could act out in uncontrolled ways. I wanted to know what to do.

I found out a beach rider must read a horse’s cues. Slowly approach the shoreline. Perceive how he reacts to the unique sounds and smells. Ride in dry sand and avoid water the first time. The next outing, try riding circles in the sand as you slowly move to the water with each circle. Prepare for startled reactions. Stay in shallow water. Go at low tide. Avoid crowds. Limit the pace to a walk. Watch for signs of the animal’s dehydration. Provide vitamins and electrolytes through salt or mineral block.  

One interesting thing I learned is that many horses experience vertigo and may stagger when waves recede. The remedy is to aim to keep the horse steady as possible until the dizziness resides with reins and leg action.

What’s the most memorable horse character you recall from a novel you’ve read?  

Down Squash Blossom Road :

What Secret Lies Down Squash Blossom Road?
Cowgirl Reba Cahill’s schedule is full. Save the family ranch. Free her mom from a mental
institute. Solve a murder and kidnapping. Evade a stalker. Can she also squeeze in romance?

Reba Cahill focused on the duties of the ranch, along with her widowed grandmother. But a crippled Champ Runcie returns to Road’s End in a wheelchair and seeks revenge for the accident that put him there. He blames Reba's horse. Meanwhile, a letter from her estranged mom forces her and Grandma Pearl back on the road: I can leave now. Come get me. Love, Mom

When they arrive in Reno, her mother issues a demand and refuses to return to Idaho. They head west instead. In California, Reba’s friend Ginny’s marriage is on the rocks. The family business is threatened. And squabbles turn deadly.

Reba digs deep to find the courage to forge a relationship with her mom and escape a crazed man’s obsession. She also hopes for a future with a horse trainer who offers her a new horse to replace the one she lost in the accident. But why does he have a photo of a pretty woman on his wall? 

About Janet:
Janet Chester Bly is the widow of Christy Award winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they published 120 fiction and nonfiction books for adults and kids. Janet and their three sons finished Stephen’s last novel, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. Down Squash Blossom Road is Book 2 in the Reba Cahill contemporary western mystery series. Book 1 is Wind in the Wires. Find out more at

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

She Walks in Power by MaryLu Tyndall ends 10/3

Please welcome MaryLu Tyndall to my blog this week! I love MaryLu and her books. MaryLu is giving away a copy of her new release, She Walks in Power. Leave a comment telling MaryLu about an experience you had or comment on her experiences to be entered. Be sure to leave your email address and don't forget to let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry. 

Angels, Demons, Spirits, Oh my!
By MaryLu Tyndall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see an angel, a demon (shudder), or get a glimpse into the spirit realm that exists all around us?  After all, we are told in the Scriptures that the spirit realm is far more real than this one we currently live in. We are told that we only see through a foggy glass now, but when we pass into eternity we will see clearly. The truth is, I know many people who have seen things in the spirit realm from time to time. My husband is one of them, a pastor I know another, and several other friends. Occasionally, God will bless us with spiritual sight and grant us a glimpse into eternity. But only if you believe.
That’s one of the reasons I wrote She Walks in Power. My heroine, Alexia has the gift of discerning of spirits, and on occasion she sees beyond the veil into the real world wherein lives spiritual beings of both good and evil, along with such beauty we cannot even imagine. This is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that is still in operation today, but sadly, very few preachers teach anything about it or any of the other gifts.

Almost everything that Alexia sees in the book has been taken from experiences of people I trust. My
hope is that it will give people a glimpse into the spirit realm they wouldn’t otherwise have, as well as show them how to use this amazing gift from God. I also hope it will open people’s minds to start thinking in terms of eternity. We are all just passing through this world. If we’re lucky we may have 80 or 90 years, after which we spend our eternity in one of two places. If we know Jesus, heaven. If we reject Him, hell. Sorry to be so blunt, but that’s the truth of it.
Because our true home is in the eternal realm, we should be excited about it, yearn to get a glimpse of it, and of course learn how to do battle against the evil beings who live there in order to advance the Kingdom of God. This is what Alexia must do when she encounters an evil force intent on destroying her. She must learn to do spiritual battle, which only happens in the spirit realm.

I hope you’ll pick up She Walks in Power and travel alongside Alexia as she peers behind the veil and battles her enemies. Of course there’s also loads of adventure, suspense, and of course, romance with a very hunky knight!  

Alexia D'Clere didn't ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age eight, she began to take over the running of her parent's castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm.

Now, at eighteen, Alexia continues to keep the Spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle. With Alexia's powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King's elite guard.

Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other. Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger.

About MaryLu:
 Best-selling author MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. With more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee and Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award winner, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, three grandchildren and several stray cats on the California coast.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Anne Flosnik Audio Narrator PLUS Giveaway!

Please welcome Anne Flosnik to my blog this week. I am excited to have Anne here with me. She's a delightful lady and I am so blessed to have narrated Sword of Forgiveness. We are giving away an audio copy of Sword of Forgiveness, a kindle copy, as well as a paperback. Read on down to see how to enter.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. In My kitchen, wearing workout gear.

When did you realize you had a talent for narrating books?
In English Literature class in high school, when I had the opportunity to read out loud in front of the class from classics such as “Kidnapped,” by Robert Louis Stevenson ,and “Macbeth,” by Shakespeare. I loved the thrill of speaking such fine words aloud, and the feeling of performance.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? Honestly, there are too many to mention, and some may not have been written yet.

What is something that very few people know about you? I am a trained nurse and was a midwife in England.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) My mother’s wedding ring.

Can you give us a brief idea what all is involved in narrating a book?

Once you cast reading the book from cover to cover, making two lists. One list for pronunciations I am unsure of, and to keep words consistent during performance, and a list of character descriptions, and notes on the text. Researching all the pronunciations I can find on my own, if there are any I can’t find, I email a list to the publisher or the author if I am working with one directly. When recording begins, I aim to complete two finished hours per day, which may involve several hours in the chair. At the beginning of each new day of recording, I listen back to a few minutes of the previous day’s recording to return to that emotional place, and dive back in.

How many books have you narrated? Over 500. I began my career narrating for the National Library Of Congress Service ( NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. I currently have 252 titles on

What is your favorite genre to narrate?

If the writing is good, it can be pretty much anything. I have a fairly diverse portfolio. 

What makes you choose a book or reject a narrating job?
The quality of the writing is the single most important factor. I evaluate each book on it’s own merits.

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About Anne:

Anne Flosnik is an accomplished, multi award winning British actress, with lead credits for stage, television, commercials, industrials, voice-overs, and audiobooks. Anne has garnered three AudioFile Earphones Awards, Three Library Journal Starred Audio Awards, an ALA Award, and has four Audie Award nominations, including "Anna And The King Of Siam." Her narration of "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave was chosen as one of the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2009 by AudioFile magazine, and one of the Top 40 Best Audiobooks of 2009 by Library Journal.

Anne was winner of APA "Blogger Of The Year 2015" Jennifer Conner "If I Picked Audie Award Winners, 2015," winner Non Fiction with "The Art Of The English Murder."

Anne won a TIVA DC Peer Award 2014 - Book Narration Female "The Forgotten Seamstress."

The UK newspaper, the Independent awarded her narration of "The Churchills In Love And War," #2 position on their list of "The Ten Best Audiobooks 2011."