Monday, March 26, 2012

Yahshua's Bridge by Sandi Rog Ends April 2nd


Sandi Rog is an award winning author, her debut novel The Master’s Wall (Book One in the Iron and the Stone series) winning the 2011 Christian Small Publisher’s Book of the Year Award. She lived in Holland for thirteen years and now lives in Colorado with her husband, four children, a cat, and too many spiders.

I am so happy to have my friend Sandi here this week. Please welcome her and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for Yahshua's Bridge. Be sure and let me know if you follow by feedburner. And don't forget to leave your email addy so I can let you know if you win. 
 
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m in the living room, sitting on the couch. Wearing jeans and shirt with what I call my sweater jacket. I get cold easily.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
I’d love to be Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice because she had sense and won the love of a very powerful man.

What is something that very few people know about you?
Hmm. I can ride a unicycle and juggle (not necessarily at the same time anymore, lol). I’d like to be able to ride it again. Cancer has weakened me, but I keep praying I’ll be strong enough to ride it again and maybe even teach my son how to ride it.

If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?
I would have liked to have lived during the time of Christ, so I could follow Him around everywhere and drink up His knowledge and love. Funny, I never thought of that before. I’ve always been an 1800’s buff, but oh . . . how nice it would have been to meet Jesus. And if I or my family got sick, He could heal us.

If your life were a book what would the title be?
 It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times.
  
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
Blake Williams. He’s an ex-con who baptized my father while in prison. When Blake got out, he continued his ministry, and he became like a second dad to me while I was in college. He died just before my first child was born. I sent him a letter telling him that if I had a boy, he’d be named after him. I never knew if he got that letter until two years after he died (I was in Holland at the time and he was in the US; this was before Internet). After my first child was born, it wasn’t until seven years later that I had a boy and got to name him after Blake. Being around Blake made me “see” and “feel” the love of Jesus.

What is your favorite part of writing a story?
 Inventing. Inventing characters, inventing scenes, inventing plots, inventing sentences that make it all come together.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
Although Cappadocia is mentioned in the Bible, I never realized its significance to the Christians over the centuries. The Cappadocian mountains in Turkey were used to hide believers, and several caves were made into homes and churches where they lived and worshipped the Lord.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I’m afraid it’s my computer. I do everything on it: write, research, socialize, etc.


 
An amethyst stone draws him to his past. An elusive maiden draws him to his future.
Alexander is born into slavery under an abusive master: a master of his own flesh and blood . . . a man he will never call Father. Determined to break away from his master’s hold, Alexander devises a plan to purchase his freedom. But what's he to do when he finds himself shipped off in shackles to Egypt, disappearing from the lives of everyone he knows and loves?



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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley Ends March 26th


About Margaret:
Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this—except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."     
So that’s what Margaret did. She’s now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit            
The first book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series “Dawn Comes Early” will be published March 2012.  The book will be followed by Waiting for Morning.
Margaret’s also excited to announce that her non-fiction book “Grieving God’s Way: The Path to Hope and Healing” will be published in July—not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English.  Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

I'm so happy to have Margaret back with me. She has graciously offered to give away a copy of her new release Dawn Comes Early. Be sure to leave a comment or answer the question, What is the strangest, most interesting or funniest thing or law you have learned about that was done in the 19th century? If you follow by feedburner be sure to mention it and don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you if you win.

More Love and Laughter from New York Times Bestselling Author
Margaret Brownley
“I’ve matched up twenty-three couples over the years and in all that time I only made one error. Although I still think the marriage would have worked had she not shot her husband.—Aunt Bessie in Dawn Comes Early

Old Time Meetings Stir Muse
I love reading nineteenth century newspapers. Advertisements and articles are filled with all sorts of valuable information but a society’s social and political concerns can best be found in old meeting notices.  A meeting notice for “The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Male Independence” found in an old Kansas newspaper gave me the idea for my Rocky Creek series.
Apparently men weren’t the only ones concerned with maintaining independence during the nineteenth century.  In 1861 fifty ladies of the first Church of Milford in New York formed a society of old maids. It cost five dollars to join the group and members had to vow never to marry. The interest earned from the money paid for the annual dinner, with the principal going to the woman who remained unmarried the longest. 
According to an article in the New York Times thirty years later in 1891 all but fifteen of the original fifty had married.  By then the prize money had risen to a thousand dollars.  I’ve not been able to find the winner’s name—and being a romantic I sincerely hope there wasn’t one— but the best part of being a writer is where real life fails, inspiration takes over, and so the idea for my new series The Brides of Last Chance Ranch was born. 
Sixty-five year old Miss Walker is looking for an heiress for her cattle ranch in Arizona Territory.  To that end she advertises for a hard-working, professional woman of good character and pleasant disposition.  Most important the woman must be single and prepared to remain so now and forever more.
In Dawn Comes Early we meet Kate Tenney—a disgraced dime novelist whose latest book was banned in Boston.  I don’t know what the Milford ladies had against matrimony, but Kate has every reason to remain single and she intends to prove that she’s up for Miss Walker’s cow punching job—if it kills her.  If only she can stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.
So that in a nutshell is how I came up with my story line. Of course not all old meeting notices stir the creative juices and some, like the “Society for the Prevention of People Being Buried Alive,” give me the willies, but then nothing is perfect, is it? 
Visit Margaret at www.margaretbrownley.com
Also on facebook and Twitter


Dawn Comes Early rides of Last Chance Ranch
Heiress Wanted
Looking for hard-working, professional woman
of good character and pleasant disposition
willing to learn the ranching business in Arizona Territory.
Must be single and prepared to remain so now and forever more.

Her latest dime novel banned, twenty-nine-year old KATE TENNEY answers an advertisement for heiress to an Arizona cattle ranch. It seems like the perfect solution for a disgraced novelist with no intention of getting married—ever. 
Trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The west is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner, and nefarious outlaw, but a traitorous heart.  Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for LUKE ADAM’S charm.  She’s determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she’s up to the task—if it kills her.  If only she could stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts. 


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Monday, March 12, 2012

A Bride's Sweet Surprise in Sauer's Indiana Ends March 19th


Ramona K. Cecil is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. First published in poetry, she’s had ninety inspirational verses published on gift items sold by Dicksons, Inc., a leader in the Christian gift market. Her other publishing credits include five inspirational historical romance novels and two novellas.
Ramona lives in southern Indiana with her husband, Jim. When not writing, she enjoys reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.
 Ramona is giving away a copy of her new release, A Bride's Sweet Surprise in Sauer's Indiana. Leave a comment or tell of a place where you'd like to see a story set and let us know why to be entered into the drawing.
 
About. . .
A Bride’s Sweet Surprise in Sauer’s Indiana

A Bride’s Sweet Surprise is my seventh published historical romance novel and my first published full-length novel. But that’s not the only reason this story is special to me. Set in my own southern Indiana county, the book was inspired by accounts from my own family’s history.

When my agent informed me about Barbour Publishing’s Americana series and asked if I had any story ideas that might fit it, my “Sauers” story immediately came to mind. Sparked by my genealogist uncle’s stories from our family history, A Bride’s Sweet Surprise had percolated in the back of my mind for some time.

Sauers—a real place in my county—was settled in the 1830’s and 1840’s by German immigrants, many from the village of Venne in the kingdom of Hanover. Devout Lutherans, these hearty people settled first in Cincinnati, Ohio, after arriving in America. Desiring fertile land on which to found their farming community centered around their St. John’s Lutheran Church, they bought forty acres in Jackson County Indiana.  

It is against this backdrop that A Bride’s Sweet Surprise plays out. I remembered a story my uncle told me about one of our ancestors who desired to find a bride for his son. The father’s only criteria for the match, it seemed, was that the girl be of German heritage and of a “good family.” The son apparently had as little say in the choice as the young lady. As my uncle told the story my author brain kicked in, and I was struck by the notion that this would make a fantastic premise for a romance story. When my uncle went on to disclose an interesting twist to the story—something I can’t divulge without ruining the story—I knew I would one day work this anecdotal account of my family’s history into a fictional romance novel.

My uncle, to whom the book is dedicated, was a great help in providing me with historical facts of the history of Sauers and the people who founded it. In A Bride’s Sweet Surprise in Sauers, Indiana, I tried to capture the essence of the German farming community of 1849 as I asked myself the author’s question “I wonder what would have happened if. . .”

A Bride’s Sweet Surprise in Sauers, Indiana
(Backcover blurb)
Regina’s life isn’t fair. She feels she should be able to choose her own husband, just as her two older sisters did. Instead she’s been told by her father she must marry a man she’s never met—just so Papa can have a German son-in-law. But Regina has a plan. She’s prepared to do whatever she can to make her intended dislike her. . .until one look at handsome Diedrich Rothhaus leaves her heart beguiled and her resolve shaken.

Diedrich has two choices—remain in Germany and face conscription in the Prussian army or agree to an arranged marriage in America. He reluctantly agrees to the marriage, secretly hoping to side-step matrimony and escape to the California gold fields once he reaches American shores. But reluctance turns to rapture when he meets Regina.

Just as love claims their hearts, a cruel family secret comes to light. Can God’s intervention keep their love from slipping away?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Janet Bly's Devotion of Love --giveaway-- Stuart Brannon's Final Shot Ends March 12th

I am so excited to have Janet Bly with me this week. She is sharing such a beautiful story of love and devotion. This dedication of love will knock your socks off. Be prepared to be blessed! And in addition she is generously giving away a copy of their new release, Stuart Brannon's Final Shot.
THE STORY WE KNEW
Initial Summary of Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot
Janet Chester Bly
Copyright©2012

My three sons and I began July 1st, 2011. We had four months to complete the book, Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot. Though we had offers of help from bestselling authors, we realized it was our challenge and privilege. We needed to do this for my husband and their father.
What We Knew
          Steve left us 7,000 words, a one-page synopsis and a list of character names.
          The basics of the story . . .
          Stuart Brannon leaves the comfort and security of his Arizona ranch to find his friend, U.S. Marshal Tom Wiseman, last seen near Gearhart, Oregon. He’s called to this duty by another friend, Teddy Roosevelt. Who can deny a request of the U.S. President?
          Brannon will either rescue or vindicate Wiseman. Roosevelt suggests that Brannon explain that he’s headed to the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland for a vacation break.
          At the same time, his other dear friend, Lady Harriet Reed-Fletcher, invites him to participate in a Gearhart celebrity golf tournament on behalf of the Willamette Orphan Farm. This is in conjunction with the Exposition. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to play the game. He takes lessons in between searches for Wiseman.
          On his way to Oregon, he stops a robbery on the train. Brannon steps up to stop evil, but this gets him into trouble. It’s 1905, the 20th Century. In these modern times, cowboy justice is no longer wanted or needed. And Brannon’s not exactly back in the saddle again. Even his black horse, Tres Vientos, rebels against the foreign atmosphere in which he’s been plunged. Brannon fights with the skittish animal who does fine on Arizona soil, but not the textures and terrors of the big city and coastal beach.
          Then Brannon runs into his old nemesis, Hawthorne H. Miller, the author of the outrageous Stuart Brannon Wild West dime novels. They scuffle and a conflict rages.
          At Gearhart, a man approaches Brannon who insists that the President wants him to be Brannon’s partner in the search for Wiseman. Is he who he says he is? Then Brannon discovers a former outlaw decked out as an upstanding citizen on the board of directors of the orphan farm. He’s also in the good graces of Lord and Lady Fletcher and their social circle. Has he repented? Does he deserve a second chance at trust?
          At the end of the long committee of four process, we crafted a novel. Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot features humor and heart, adventure and a twist of romance. It’s the story of a Code-of-the-West man who is mystified by modern inventions and philosophies, yet can’t help try to right wrongs. It’s also the journey along the frontier of one man’s soul.
          At 10:37 a.m., my son, Mike, sent an email: “Well? Ready to push ‘send?’” I still had the crunch of a few last items. At 11:46 a.m., I attached the manuscript of 77,000 words to the editor.
          We completed the task. We finished Stephen Bly’s last novel.
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Janet Chester Bly has authored 30 nonfiction and fiction books, 18 she co-authored with Christy Award winning author, Stephen Bly. Titles include The Hidden West Series, The Carson City Chronicles, Hope Lives Here, and The Heart of a Runaway. She resides at 4200 ft. elev. on the Idaho Nez Perce Indian Reservation. Her 3 married sons, Russell, Michael and Aaron, live down the mountain with their families.
 
JANET CHESTER BLY
P. O. Box 157, Winchester, ID, 83555
ph: 208-924-5885   fax: 208-924-7303  


-- B.S., Literature & Fine & Performing Arts Interdisciplinary,
       Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho

-- speaker at women’s events on women’s issues, relational challenges,
and devotional themes (topic list available upon request).

-- teacher at writers conferences & workshops on topics like Writing For The Woman’s Heart, Finishing Dad’s Novel: A Family Affair (the process of fiction), Creating A Family History. Mentor, Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild; Writer of Year Award, Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference; Judge, International Self-Published Book Awards, Writer’s Digest Magazine.

-- music director, Winchester Community Church, Winchester, Idaho, president of local Library Board

-- mother of three married sons:  Russell, Michael, and Aaron,
       grandmother of Zachary, Miranda, Keaton & Deckard, g-grandma to Alayah.

-- widow of Christy Award winner for Westerns Stephen Bly who authored 106 nonfiction & fiction books, including Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot, Throw The Devil Off The Train, Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon, Paperback Writer and Once A Parent, Always A Parent.

-- authored 11 books, including Words To Live By For Women (Bethany), Hope Lives Here (Discovery), God Is Good All The Time (Discovery), Awakening Your Sense of Wonder (Discovery), Friends Forever (Aglow), Managing Your Restless Search (Victor Books) and The Heart of a Runaway (Discovery).

-- co-author (with husband Stephen) of 19 nonfiction and fiction books, including The Power of a Godly Grandparent (Beacon Hill), The Carson City Chronicles (Servant), The Hidden West Series (Servant).

-- contributor to 7 books, including What The Wind Picked Up, The Storyteller’s Collection, and Intimate Encounters With God.

 
STEPHEN BLY
          (August 17, 1944-June 9, 2011)        
                            blog: http://www.blybooks.blogspot.com/

BIO . . . 
          * authored and co-authored (with wife Janet) 105 fiction and nonfiction books,
                        including historical and contemporary westerns
* Christy Award winner, Westerns, 2002, The Long Trail Home
* Christy Award finalist, Westerns, 2002, Picture Rock
* Christy Award finalist, Westerns, 2003, Last of the Texas Camp,
The Outlaw’s Sister
* mayor of Winchester, Idaho, pop. 308 (1999-2007)
* pastor of Winchester Community Church (1990-2011)
* speaker for men’s, couples’, family and writers’ conferences, USA and Canada
* roving editor, Big Show Journal
* mentor, Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild
* represented by agent Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary
* Fresno State University, CA, Philosophy, summa cum laude, 1971
* M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, CA, 1974

Married to writer, Janet Chester Bly, 48 years; they co-authored 18 books.
Resided in Winchester, Idaho at 4,000 ft. elev., on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.
Father of 3 sons:  Russell, Michael, & Aaron. The family includes daughters-in-law, Lois, Michelle & Rina Joye, plus grandkids: Zachary, Miranda (& husband Chris), Keaton & Deckard. Great-granddaughter, Alayah.
Third generation westerner, Steve spent first 30 years working family ranches and farms in central California. 
Hobbies:  Collected and restored antique Winchesters; studied history in general and majored on Old West; constructed Broken Arrow Crossing, a false front western village next to his home. He played a par and below game of golf.
New Release: Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot (2012)
Recent novels include: Throw The Devil Off The Train (2011), Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon (2010), Creede of Old Montana (2009), The Land Tamers (re-issued 2009), One Step Over The Border,  Center Street/Hachette; The Horse Dreams Series—Memories of a Dirt Road Town, The Mustang Breaker, and Wish I’d Known You Tears Ago (B&H); Paperback Writer (B&H); and Fortunes of the Black Hills Series (B&H Publishers).

Winner of last weeks giveaway, the Devotion book and all the goodies is Angie! Congratulations!

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